Many of our members grow vegetables on an allotment or piece of ground which they rent from the local Council. There are a number of dedicated sites in the Hull and East Riding areas and you can find out more from the respective websites shown on the page Useful Links - Organisations.



Kenilworth Road





- two types of home-made, wind-powered
   birdscarer fashioned from recycled materials. The traditional CD
   with its bright reflective surfaces and spinning plastic drinks bottles
   equipped with coloured tape strips and cutout wing slots



               GROWING GREEN!
- comfrey, sometimes seen growing wild
               by the roadside, is deliberately cultivated on this allotment
               in order to make an organic fertiliser





         Digging is a necessary chore but provides healthy exercise provided
         you take it steady and don't try and do it all at once!




         This allotment site in the centre of Hull is enclosed by a security
         fence and provides road access for the delivery of manure
         and other services


              A well-kept allotment with neat paths, a greenhouse and
              a shed can provide enjoyment in all weathers





     At Pocklington, there is mains running water provided
 although no hosepipes are allowed. If you erect guttering
 to your shed or greenhouse, you are provided with a
 free water butt in the form of a giant plastic cube and
 there are no restrictions to running hosepipes from this

At Pocklington, each allotment is provided with a 
dedicated parking space.

            RECYCLING IN ACTION  An old bath tub
            now forms a strawberry container!

       Gooseberries grown as traditional bushes

        Gooseberries grown on a single vertical stem saves space
        and aids harvesting

                         Pigeons are a particular problem on this site.  Unless
                         protected, young brassicas will not easily survive

            Planting flowers alongside vegetables attracts useful pollinating
            insects.   Some people claim that marigolds, as well as looking
            pretty, also deter pests

       Marrows grown in the traditional way;
       on top of a manure heap which provides
       nutrients and a source of water

                Once established, an asparagus bed can provide spears
                for many years.  Don't harvest all of the emerging spears from
                each plant; you must let some develop into full foliage to feed the
                plant for the following year's crop

             But beware the Asparagus beetle during the summer months.
             It is a very pretty beetle to look at but the adults and the larvae
             can do a lot of damage by eating the fronds which may even
             cause the plant to die if the infestation levels are high.



Notice how the young tender leaf tips of these leek
plants have been  nibbled off.  If you use mesh protection then make sure there are no gaps or holes for birds and rabbits to enter otherwise you will suffer the same damage.

             Mesh can protect your crops from insect and bird pests
             whilst allowing water and light to reach the growing plants


           Leeks are biennials that are not supposed to form seed heads
           until their second year of growth.  The seed head stalks form a
internal core which renders the leek flesh tough to eat

             Young sweet corn afforded wind break protection








Hosepipes are not allowed on this site but a short length attached to these standpipe taps avoids spillage and makes filling watering cans and buckets so much easier
















These 1000L containers catch rainwater off the roof and, raising them off the ground on wooden pallets, enables easy filling of watering containers and cans












This is the way to grow exhibition marrows - suspended off the ground to allow light to reach all sides and removing any leaves which might scratch and scar the developing marrow skins



















A polytunnel devoted to growing parsnips and long carrots in barrels.  Note the extra half barrels added to the top for extra length, the elasticated strings for holding protective fleece sheets over the barrels during the early growing stage, the plastic watering/feeding tubes for the parsnips and the metal base supports and additional sand bed underneath the barrels


















Howden Allotments are on Council-owned land but, since 2013, have been administered by a management committee formed from the allotmenteers themselves.  The longest-serving tenant is Calibert, so named because he works part-time at the nearby California Garden Centre.  He showed me a Council letter dating from 1964 detailing how his rent was to rise from 10 shillings to 15 shillings per annum!












The site is enclosed by houses on three sides which for some, at least, provides a convenient extension to their back garden.












They hold at Open Day at the end of July which normally includes a scarecrow competition. They also form occasional working parties to trim hedges and perform other communal and collective tasks.











                                                     Getting ready for the Open Day 2016












The communal table where allotmenteers place their spare produce for others to share.













Neat paths and fences surround most plots.  Vehicles are exceptionally allowed on to the site but limited parking is available on the road outside.










This particular tenant has adapted to gardening from a wheelchair by creating specially raised beds in the form of giant tubs.















This tenant has recently erected a polytunnel on his plot.  These carrots and other vegetables were sown at the beginning of June and have made remarkable progress under this protective cover in the course of only six to eight weeks.
















Some fine onions developing in this greenhouse using large pots.














Pan squash are closely related to courgettes and marrows.













Sweet Corn developing nicely.
















Fleece surrounding carrots but is lateral protection only sufficient to ward off the dreaded carrot fly, or should they be fully covered?











There are six mains water taps spread across this site so water tanks are used to collect rainwater falling from any fixed structures like sheds and greenhouses.  Hosepipes attached to the mains taps provided are allowed to be used for replenishing empty water tanks but not for general irrigation purposes.













This tenant has fitted a 100W solar panel to his greenhouse roof at a cost of about £125.  You will see what he uses it for in the next pictures.












The solar panel is connected to this wall-mounted terminal which charges a 12V car battery and also powers two USB ports for charging other electronic equipment such as a mobile phone.  It generally takes about 12 hours to fully charge the battery using solar power but longer if the weather is dull and overcast.

















The transporter is made from an old hospital gas cylinder trolley and the pump is a boat's bilge pump purchased from Ebay. Add a plastic water container, a short piece of hose and a nozzle gun and yes ............. it works a treat!











nvseyda          DIG FOR VICTORY! - Solve the 'food miles' problem, keep fit and do your bit for the environment!
          Grow your own - an allotment, spare patch of garden, containers or even a few pots on the
          window sill - you can't beat your own home-grown produce.

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