A little bit about me
My name is Brian and I have an allotment in Walton on Naze, Essex, which is on the east coast, about 10 miles from Harwich.
I belong to the Walton and District Allotment Association Ltd. The Walton and District Allotment Association Ltd is rather unique as the members are shareholders, and in effect own the land they cultivate. There are two sites which in total contain 120 x 10 rod plots. I used to cultivate two of them and run a website based on those plots called 'allotment-gardening.com'. Due to personal circumstances I gave those plots up in October 2008.
In March 2010 A good friend of mine, who was in his 80s was finding it very difficult keeping up with the work involved in running his plot, so I agreed to share the plot with him, and to complete the heavy tasks. Unfortunately he sadly passed away in December 2011. So I am continuing with his plot which he has had since 1984.
In 2013 I introduced the "Square foot gardening", method which I use on half a plot, and I am using traditional growing methods on the second half.
My Collection of Allotment and Gardening Books
Grow your own vegetables by Joy Larkcom
Published by Frances Lincoln Ltd
This book is excellent in helping you to plan and grow vegetables it include chapters on tools, equipment, site design,Planning,looking after your soil, sowing, planting, protection from pests diseases and the Weather
Your Gardening Question Answered
An excellent reference book covers almost every aspect of gardening. Its more like an encyclopedia of gardening, most questions you may have on gardening are answered in this book would be more useful in the home garden
1001 Hints and Tips for the Garden
An A-Z of gardening know how. with step by step ideas and suggestions. covers planning and maintenance. friends and pests within the garden. and is more akin to home gardening
Beds by Pauline Pears
Henry Doubleday research association/search press
This practical book covers all aspects of bed gardening, from planning and constructing the beds, through to crop selection, rotation, and planting. Advice on using dig and no-dig systems. Full details on the use of spacing and layout to control crop size and yields. Comprehensive crop by crop chart explaining how to grow a wide variety of vegetables on beds. Information on mixed planting and intercropping with colour photographs and diagrams throughout.
Greenhouse Gardening step by step to growing success by Jonathan Edwards
The Crowood Press
This book shows you how to make the most of the vast potential that the greenhouse offers the gardener. Offering new ideas and advice on growing a wide range of both familiar and more exotic vegetables, fruits and flowers
Grow your own fruit by Ken Muire
This book is given free by Ken Muire when you purchase his fruit trees and bushes. Its an excellent guide and details the care of tree and soft fruits in many forms and explains in simple terms the craft of fruit growing.
The fruit Expert by Dr D.G.Hessayon
The New Vegetable & Herb Expert by Dr D.G. Hessayon
Both these Expert books are excellent highlighting sowing, planting and harvesting times for a very large selection of vegetables/fruit a fairly good index of varieties and types of fruit and vegetables. Out of all my books I would say I tend to use these books as my first reference for sowing and planting information. An easy to follow guide.
Organic Gardening by Pauline Pears and Sue Strickland
The Royal Horticultural Society
All the key techniques for gardening organically including the care and cultivation of plants, compost and fertilizers, and pest and disease control. Includes more than 350 easy to follow step-by-step artworks that guide you through a wide range of essential gardening projects.
Walton and District Allotment Association
A short history of the Walton and District Allotment Association.
Formed in 1918 by Veterans from the Great War, the members with help from the Town Council and Local Farmers purchased the land on which our present sites are located.
The Association is unique in that the members are shareholders, and actually own the land they cultivate.
We have two sites.
a] Walton Road 60 x 10 rod plots.
b] Grove Avenue 60 x 10 rod plots
All sites have mains water, mowers, tillers and strimmers are available for hire. The soil is fertile medium clay.
We have a waiting list at the present time, ( closed at the moment)
You may erect a shed, have a lawn, grow fruit, vegetables and flowers, even go organic, create a wildlife garden, in other words make your garden a good place to visit and relax
Should you be considering joining us in this healthy outdoor hobby,and enjoy growing tasty fruit and vegetables, with the bonus of meeting like minded people, then the following information may be of use to you.
After running expenses are accounted for, any surplus is ploughed back to provide site maintenance and garden machinery for the benefit of all.
A £10 joining fee is required of new tenants.
A £20 gate key deposit is required for both sites
Plot Rents for 2015-2016 and payable by the 29th of September. [Note:- these are well below the national average]
Full plot £30.
Half plot £15.
Tenants after 3 years are considered by the management committee for full share holding membership, election is restricted and only tenants who maintain their plots in good order will be considered.
Full Members hold one share to the value of £1, they are not transferable, nor is any dividend payable.
The annual subscription for a full member is £1.