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Why an allotment gives you a lot

Seven reasons to have an allotment

As most of you know I'm from Georgia. Georgia in Greek means Farmer. So it's no surprise I like growing my own vegetables. Here's why...

1. Growing things. Seeing things grow from seeds to shoots across the changing seasons. Sow and you will reap! 2. Eating healthily. We have 50 varieties of fruit and vegetables in our allotment. 3. Making new friends. Meeting interesting people from a range of different backgrounds builds a strong community spirit. 4. Vitamin D. This is essential to keep bones and teeth healthy. You can get it through exposure to sunlight and it’s free! Be careful not to spend too long in the hot sun though. 5. Tuning into nature. It’s good to be outside. Why not watch some butterflies and listen to the birds sing? 6. Exercising naturally. Working on an allotment involves natural movements, like digging, planting and weeding. It’s great exercise. 7. Switching off - It’s a great opportunity to switch off devices and clear your mind. Often your best ideas will come from a change of scene.

By the way, the word GEMOTES, which is created by combining the first letter from each of the 7 reasons above, meant an assembly in Anglo-Saxon times.

Definition of an Assembly: "the action of gathering together as a group for a common purpose." Remind you of anything, Super Seniors? :)


Take action and create a hobby that is great for body, mind and spirit.

I would love to know what your version of GEMOTES is! Feel free to share below... I reply to every response personally.

Vegetables from Tony's Allotment

Here are some of the different plants that we’ve successfully grown at the allotment.

I never use any chemical growth feed.


  • Sunflowers

  • Sweet Corn

  • Beetroots

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Courgettes

  • Cabbages

  • French beans

  • Broad beans

  • Runner beans

  • Potatoes

  • Chillis

  • Green peppers

  • Garlic

  • Leeks

  • Onions

  • Kale

  • Broccoli

  • Spinach

  • Salad leaves

  • Dill

  • Coriander

  • Red Chard

  • Lettuces

  • Pumpkin

  • Marrow


  • Strawberries

  • Gooseberries

  • Blueberries

  • Raspberries

  • Blackcurrants

Small Trees

  • Fig

  • Vine

  • Apple

  • Plum

  • Pear

  • Cherry

  • Pomegranate

  • Apricot


  • Mint

  • Tarragon

  • Basil

  • Purple Basil

  • Oregon

  • Parsley

Never Stop Growing!

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