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About Us
In Cosham there are two allotment sites:

The Salisbury Road site, the gate to which can be found at the extreme south end of Salisbury Road.
(See Contact Us Page for Map)

This site has over 100 plots.

There is also a shop offering many, if not all, of the plot holder's needs.

An on site lavatory offers the appropriate facilities.

A First Aid kit is located in the lavatory which is accessed using the plot holder's gate key at any time.

A second site - Knowsley Road (the entrance of which can ironically be found in Dorking Crescent) has 8 plots.

All plot holders are welcome to join the Association, a summary of the benefits of which can be found in the Association Information pages or you are welcome to visit us at the shop on the Salisbury Road site and discuss the various options - opening hours may be found in the Allotment Shop pages.

Local (& not so local) Gardeners

All "local" gardeners are invited to join Cosham Allotments & Gardens Association as Garden Members and share the benefits we have to offer.

For further details please use the Contact Us page or visit us at the shop on the Salisbury Road site and discuss the various options - opening hours may be found in the Allotment Shop pages.
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Contact Us


  • Salisbury Road, Cosham, Portsmouth

With reference to the map The entrance to our allotment site is at the extreme south end of Salisbury Road. The allotments can be seen just north of and running parallel to the railway line

The Shop


Salisbury Road Allotment Shop

The shop is open for counter sales* and collection from Internet sales (Click and Collect).
Counter purchases* can be made by Card (contact-less or via PIN) on site.
*If current "lockdown" rules permit.

Click and Collect on-line purchases, may be made online by card, by BACs or in the shop when you collect your items.
NB. There is no minimum on card purchases online or in the shop when collecting your order or making on the spot purchases. 

Shop Opening Hours for both counter purchases and collections from Internet sales:
Saturday 9.30 am to 11.30 am, Sunday & Wednesday 10 am to 11.30 am

For further details please see the Click & Collect Webpage Menu found in this submenu.

Unfortunately due to Council and NHS advice we are not able to take cash at present.

Due to bank processing charges (85p per cheque) we can only accept cheques for purchases of £20 or more.

Click & Collect Webpage


To use the Click & Collect Shop Service you must be either an Allotment Association Member or a Garden Member for details of becoming a Garden Member, see Garden Membership page and/or use our Contact Us Page 

Link to Click & Collect Webpage

For further information on using our Click & Collect service please see the pages:

Click & Collect Information & Click & Collect Payment 

These pages can be found on this, The Allotment Shop, submenu.

Click & Collect Information


When, Where & How

Please note this service is for Plot Holders and Garden Members of the Salisbury Road Allotment Association only.

The shop facilities are ONLY seen as a service to the membership and NOT a profit making venture. All income is reinvested into improving the facilities for the benefit of the Membership.

When & Where

The Click & Collect service is now a part of the Website so you can access it via the website or direct browser link - both are shown in the "How to Order" paragraph below.

Browsing and shopping by Click & Collect is open 24/7 for your convenience.

The Collection of Online orders are made from The Shop on:

Saturdays 9.30am to 11.30am 

Sundays & Wednesdays 10am to 11.30am

Browsing and Purchasing in the traditional shopping mode is also welcomed during the above times (unless Government "lockdown" restrictions are in place). 

How to Order

The Click & Collect service is now a part of the Website so you can access it via the website or direct browser link:

The browser independent link to the shop Click and Collect service is :

https://www.salisburyroadallotments.co.uk/click-collect-menus

You can bookmark the above address for direct access or click on the Click & Collect option on the website menu bar or click here Website Click & Collect Page link

You will see that I have set up several categories that reflect shop stock.
Clicking on a category gives you a view of the items or submenus available in the category.
When you have found the item you require add the required number to the basket. (This can also be done retrospectively)
A view of your basket will appear on the right - you can chose to increase the number required, continue shopping or go to "Order Now".

Adding several items will provide a cumulative total in the “basket”

When your shopping is done – click on “Order Now
Enter the relevant contact details.
These details may well be "remembered" by your computer/phone/tablet according to how you have set it up so when making future purchases you will be able to select the address details automatically just click into the first box and accept your computer's suggestions (if they are correct!!!)

Click on Save & Continue

There are three options for payment - 

Pay by Card (There is no lower limit on card payments) 
OR
Pay by BACs - Clicking on this option will reveal the relevant transfer details (Sort Code = 30-80-27 A/No = 30341168) this is NOT automatic please transfer the funds through your online banking access.
OR
Pay on Collection by Debit/Credit card

There is NO MINIMUM amount when using your Card for online, collection items or on the spot purchases in the shop. Due to Council and NHS advice we are not taking cash at the present.  

Then click on Place Pickup Order – the next process depends on your choice of payment method and is outlined on the page - Click & Collect Payment



Click & Collect Payment


Payments & Pickup Procedures - Salisbury Road Allotments Click & Collect Service

Payment via the Click & Collect website can be made in the following ways:

Online with a Credit/Debit Card OR BACs (see below) OR On collection - by card in the shop.

When you place your order as described in the Click & Collect - Info page and click on Order Now
You will be presented with three options:

CARD (Default option) or Pay by Bacs or Pay on Collection.  

Card Payments  

If you make this choice when ordering your payment will be automatically forwarded to our bank. Your statement should reference Cosham and District Allotments and Gardens or Allotment Shop against the payment. Our bank references your name and payment. 

Enter your card details (CVV is the three number security code on the reverse of the card) and your postcode.

Your card details are NOT retained by the either our website or the card processing company.

You will then be invited to return to homepage - your order will be automatically sent through.

Every morning (and at other times) I will check the order status – I will then check stock status and send you an email with a copy of your order attached in PDF format and confirm the pickup day and time in the email. 

Payment by BACs or On Collection.

For payment by BACs see our bank details below.

Click on Place Orderyou will receive the appropriate info message according to which option you selected and you  will then be invited to return to homepage - your order will be automatically sent through.

Every morning (and at other times) I will check the order status and send you an email with a copy of your order attached. The pickup day and times will be on the email.

Please Note the Order will be sent as a PDF attachment if you do not have a PDF (Portable Document Format) Reader on your computer/tablet/phone you can get one by using this link: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ -the middle one is free and will do the job.


Our Bank Details are

Lloyds Bank Palmerston Road Branch (we use Cosham!)-

The account name is Cosham and District Allotments and Gardens

SORT CODE  30-80-27
Account Number 30341168


Machine Loans


This facility is for Allotment Association Members ONLY

This page explains how to use the online booking system for advanced booking of machines. It is NOT necessary to make an advanced booking if you are prepared to take the chance of availability on the day. In either case please read the Terms & Conditions before making a machine loan - if you are not happy with them please do not book a loan until you have discussed your concerns with the shop team.

Terms & Conditions:

MACHINES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CURRENTLY PAID UP ASSOCIATION MEMBERS ONLY.


MACHINES MAY ONLY BE USED ON THE ALLOTMENT SITE & ARE AVAILABLE DURING SHOP HOURS ONLY.

MACHINES ARE USED ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK THIS INCLUDES YOU BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN COVID19 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.

LOANS CAN BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE FOR THE CURRENT WEEK and are made on a FIRST COME/ FIRST SERVED BASIS.

You can take a chance on the day but advanced bookings take priority.

Loans are FREE (included in your membership subscription) and will be for the duration of ONE Click and Collect session either: Wednesday 10am-11am (in season), Sunday 10am to 11.30am & Saturday 9.30am -11.30am.
You may book out 2 or more machines at one session eg. strimmer & lawnmower


Loans can be booked via the following link: https://www.salisburyroadallotments.co.uk/click-collect/loans-menu

If the weather is deemed acceptable for strimming/mowing please make every effort to fulfil booking as it will be reserved for you ahead of other requests. If you are unable to attend please email if possible.

If damage is incurred during the loan please inform us on return.

If the petrol or the strimmer cable runs out this is replaced at no cost or penalty.

CLICK & COLLECT MENUS


Membership Benefits


Part 1 Association Membership

We (Cosham & District Allotments & Gardens Association) are an Association of the people who have plots at Salisbury Road Allotments. The site itself belongs to Portsmouth Council and they, not us, are responsible for letting out the plots. If you would like to apply for an allotment you must contact PCC. Further details can be found on the “Useful Links & Info” page.
Unfortunately at the time of writing the waiting list is approximately 2½ to 3 years.

Association Membership is renewed every year in April following the March Annual General Meeting. If you have recently been given a plot and you would like to join the association please ask when collecting your gate key from the shop or complete the online registration form.

The subscription for the year April 2021 – April 2022 year is £5* per registered plot holder, co-workers are included free of charge.
*In appreciation for the support of members throughout this difficult year the subscription if paid before April 30th is set at £4, from May it will rise to £6 (£5 plus £1 late payment fee).

Details of some of the benefits of association membership:

  1. Insurance cover for third party personal injury on your plot – (unfortunately not theft).
  2. Access to the on site shop which offers both convenience and  a comprehensive stock list at favourable prices.
  3. Access to 24/7 Click and Collect website for online shop ordering from the comfort of your own armchair. 
  4. Access to on site toilet facilities. Which are regularly cleaned and stocked.
  5. Access to regularly updated and checked First Aid supplies – found in the on site lavatory (use gate key for access) and shop during shop hours.
  6. Access to power points for charging battery packs. 
  7. The loan of strimmers, lawnmowers, and rotavator during shop hours. (used entirely at your own risk).
  8. Maintenance and repairs to items listed above.
  9. The supply of petrol for all the machines that are loaned.
  10. Supply of wheelbarrows for the exclusive use of members.
  11. Maintenance of wheelbarrows.
  12. Facility and support of donations of equipment and resources from parting members to existing members.
  13. General maintenance to buildings and boundaries that PCC decline to support.
  14. Liaison with PCC for facilities and services – eg pedestrian gates – tree surgery.
  15. Liaison with PCC for maintenance repairs – main access paths, huts, water supplies etc.
  16. Liaison with PCC on plot inspections enabling the support of member’s who through no fault of their own have been unable to keep their plot in the condition they would like it to be.
  17. Annual cup competition with associated prizes.
  18. Annual Open Day – providing refreshments, competitions and entertainment.
  19. Annual Bonfire facilities in November (we are denied other times) plus refreshments.
  20. Arrangement of on site supplies of Manure – Free of Charge to members.
  21. Arrangement of on site supplies of chippings – Free of Charge to members
  22. Arrangement of on site delivery of pallet wood for construction use on members’ plots.
  23. Maintenance of association buildings to include material costs, labour usually freely given by committee members.
  24. Tea, Coffee, biscuits and cake at the AGM.
  25.  Guest speaker at AGM.
I had better stop there or I’ll start thinking I should be presenting the case for an increase in subscription fees.
Peter Cheyne – Membership Secretary.

Now for the Legal Bit:


Part 2 Privacy Policy
The following is an introduction only if you would like to see the full document please see link at the foot of page.
General Data Protection Regulations


Privacy Policy

About this policy

This policy explains when and why we, Cosham & District Allotments & Gardens Association, collect personal information about our
members and how we use it, keep it secure, and the association member’s rights in relation to it. We will collect, use and store personal data, as described in this Data Protection Policy when people join the Association.

We reserve the right to amend this Data Protection Policy from time to time without prior notice. You are advised to check the notice
board situated near the shop regularly for any amendments. We will only share your personal data with any third parties as outlined below.

We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data. Further details on the
GDPR can be found at the website for the Information Commissioner (www.ico.gov.uk).

Responsible person

For the purposes of the GDPR, the Association Membership Secretary will be the “controller” of all personal data we hold about Association members and others. The Membership Secretary is responsible for making sure the Association complies
with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which applies from 25 May 2018. We will review personal data every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it or not.

Member’s rights

You have rights under the GDPR:
  • To access your personal data
  • To be provided with information about how your personal data is processed
  • To have your personal data corrected
  • To have your personal data erased in certain circumstances
  • To object to or restrict how your personal data is processed in certain circumstances
The full Privacy Policy document may be viewed via this link


Association Committee


Association Committee
The committee is made up of plot holders who meet on a regular basis and liaise with Portsmouth City Council to ensure the smooth running of the site. If you need any advice, have a problem or would like to be more involved in allotment life please come and find us. We will be happy to help! You may contact any committee member by using the Contact Us page.

If you are interested in joining the committee new members are always welcome. For further details please use the Contact Us page or see a committee member.



Goff GleadleCommittee Chairman
Plot 48A
Peter Cheyne
Membership Secretary, Treasurer
Plot 19A
Robbie Hartt

Plot 56
Steve Rees  

Plots 1 & 1A
Paul Lee    

Plot 5
Peter Parham

Plot 18A
Andy Perman

Plot  6A
Dave Carpenter

Plot 22A
Shirley Weeks

Plot 10


Plot Holder Registration Form


Cosham & District Allotments & Gardens Association
Salisbury Road Allotments
Membership Registration Form


The Association records and stores contact details of all members. We also record payment of membership fees.
To comply with the Data Protection Act this information is used only in the legitimate interests of members to contact them and keep them informed of Association matters.
We do not share/sell data with/to any third party outside or within the Association.
This information is retained throughout the membership and deleted upon request or on termination of membership. After a period of non contact we will assume membership has ended.
Please complete the form for our records and check the "I Agree" box if you are in agreement with us keeping your contact details in our records for the reasons stated above.





Please provide at least one contact number.





Most communications are performed via email due to the cost of postage as such we have made the email a compulsory entry - if this is a problem please visit the shop for a paper registration form.

You can pay the subscription at the shop during shop hours or via the Click & Collect menu which should reflect the correct pro-rata rate. Although the subscription is a requirement for membership a date at this time is not a required entry.




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Garden Member Registration Form


Cosham & District Allotments & Gardens Association
Salisbury Road Allotments
Garden Member Registration Form


The Association records and stores contact details of all members. We also record payment of membership fees.
To comply with the Data Protection Act this information is used only in the legitimate interests of members to contact them and keep them informed of Association matters.
We do not share/sell data with/to any third party outside or within the Association.
This information is retained throughout the membership and deleted upon request or on termination of membership. After a period of non contact we will assume membership has ended.
Please complete the form for our records and check the "I Agree" box if you are in agreement with us keeping your contact details in our records for the reasons stated above.

Please provide at least one contact number.


Most communications are performed via email due to the cost of postage as such we have made the email a compulsory entry - if this is a problem please visit the shop for a paper registration form.

Please ignore: The subscription for garden members has been waived for at least the next year. Enjoy!




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Competition Results


Competition Results

During the Covid19 season the allotment site was considered to be a safe haven and we, as a committee, were/are determined to maintain the safety AND provide as many of the site facilities and opportunities as possible.


Plot of the Month 2020

The presentation of the plots has reflected the joy and the time members have spent on their plots during the summer of 2020- so much so we felt it deserved a monthly competition - "Plot of the Month". The winners being awarded a prize from the shop.

Plot of the Month MAY 2020 - Judges Goff Gleadle & Peter Cheyne

Winner - Plot 35 - Tricia and Alan Pring

Plot of the Month JUNE 2020 - Judges Stephen Rees & Robbie Hart

Winner - Plot 4 - Vernon Gibbons

Highly Commended
Plots 13, 14a, 15, 19a, 24a, 56 - which reflects the high standard of the plots.
Also a special Elephant Ear Cabbage prize goes to Bill Trace Plot 11


Virus Related Information


March  2020
To all Association Members,
As we progress through this difficult time we (the committee) will endeavour to keep you informed of matters as they affect the allotment site. As you will see the committee will not be meeting in a traditional format until further notice but we have arranged to be in regular contact by email and will apply the usual democratic procedures as and when matters arise that need to be actioned.

WHEN VISITING YOUR ALLOTMENT PLOT

  • Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms or who is living with or has been in contact with anyone who has symptoms are asked NOT to visit the allotments.

  • Please display a respect for other people with regard to “social distancing” protocol, keeping a distance of at least 1 metre from others and no group gatherings of non co-habiting persons.

  • Family visits to the allotment are both welcome and understandable, however, we would ask parents and carers to please ensure that the “social distancing” protocol is observed by everyone on your plot at all times.

  • Members who have been given cause for concern regarding this and feel that reasonable requests are being ignored are asked to email – salisburyroadallotments@gmail.com -with your name and plot number, details of the incident and the plot number of the other party.

  • Wear gloves, preferably disposable ones, when using shared equipment (eg barrows) and the lock and handle on the gate. Augmented by antibacterial cleanser if and when possible.

  • The lavatory may be used but please ensure you take all due precautions and understand that you will be responsible for your own Covid19 precautions.

  • The shop is open for a Click & Collect service and from 4th July 2020 counter sales via card payment. Cash is NOT accepted.

  • The wheel barrows will be serviced but please be gentle with them.

  • Strimmers/trimmers, mowers and rotovators are available during shop hours.

  • Plot inspections are cancelled until further notice but members are asked to email salisburyroadallotments@gmail.com and/or committee members if you are having difficulty maintaining your plot. Help may be arranged for you in the form of strimming.

  • No Warning Letters or Termination of Membership will be sent to Members until the outbreak has eased.

  • Committee Meetings are held as required applying appropriate social distancing protocols.

  • Members are asked to abide by the Government guidelines.

  • Notice is subject to change as Government Guidance is updated.

    The Committee.
    August 2020 


Information


Information
Garden Membership within the Association is available to all local residents who have an interest in gardening. You may be considering applying for an allotment or indeed already on the waiting list or you may be quite content with deriving your gardening pleasure from your own garden. Whatever your situation you are most welcome to join our association as a "Garden Member".

Garden membership is a unique way of familiarising yourself with the activities within the allotment site, meeting people with a common interest in all aspects of gardening and taking advantage of one of the most competitive garden supplies merchants in the area namely:

The Salisbury Road Allotments & Gardens Shop

Here we offer:

  • A wide range of composts, plant feeds and other garden essentials.
  • A 24 hour Click and Collect service – Collect during shop hours
  • Open shop facilities – Saturday 9.30 am to 11:30 am and Wednesday & Sunday 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Card payments only please)
  • Local delivery service for elderly or “shielding” members, details upon request.
  • Special introductory offer - £0 membership until April 2022.
  • No commitment, no hidden extras – what you see is what you get.
Preview our Click & Collect page via the Click & Collect Menu option at the top of this screen.

If you would like to join us as a Garden Member you are welcome to visit us on site during shop hours, or use the online registration form.
You will be kept up to date via email with special purchases, seasonal stock updates, and the various social events that we hold throughout the year to which you are most welcome to attend.

Garden Member Registration Form


Cosham & District Allotments & Gardens Association
Salisbury Road Allotments
Garden Member Registration Form


The Association records and stores contact details of all members. We also record payment of membership fees.
To comply with the Data Protection Act this information is used only in the legitimate interests of members to contact them and keep them informed of Association matters.
We do not share/sell data with/to any third party outside or within the Association.
This information is retained throughout the membership and deleted upon request or on termination of membership. After a period of non contact we will assume membership has ended.
Please complete the form for our records and check the "I Agree" box if you are in agreement with us keeping your contact details in our records for the reasons stated above.

Please provide at least one contact number.


Most communications are performed via email due to the cost of postage as such we have made the email a compulsory entry - if this is a problem please visit the shop for a paper registration form.

You can pay the subscription at the shop during shop hours or via the Click & Collect menu which should reflect the correct pro-rata rate. Although the subscription is a requirement for membership a date at this time is not a required entry.
PLEASE NOTE - Subscription for Garden Members April 2021/22 - WAIVED




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Everyone has to start somewhere!


Growing your own...getting started




A few suggestions to start you off and some places to go for more information


1) Start small. A new plot can be hard work and trying to cultivate and plant it all at once can be really discouraging. Even if you succeed you may still may not keep control. Far better to cultivate and plant a smaller area properly before moving on when you have time. 

2) Decide what you want to grow. There is no point in growing something no one in the family likes!

3) Decide where you are going to grow each crop. Start with the permanent or semi permanent things first- shed, greenhouse, compost heap, asparagus or fruit bed. Consider the aspect and things like shade or invading roots from trees. Your shed, compost heap and perhaps rhubarb could go there leaving your better, more open areas for other crops. 

4) You should not grow crops in the same area year after year so choose an area for peas and beans, another for onions, a third for brassicas and a fourth for root crops. It is then easy to move them round each year. Crops such as sweetcorn, salad crops and squash can be fitted in wherever you have space.

5) Do not try to get everything in at once at the start of the season. You will struggle to grow it and struggle to eat it when it all comes in at once! The season here is long so we can start earlier but more important if you get behind you still have time to get a good crop.

6) Sow small amounts at intervals. You can sow a row of carrots in March and another in April.

 This spaces out the work and the harvest. You could sow more main crop carrots or leeks because they will keep or store till you need them but two rows of lettuce or spinach sown at once will go to seed before you can eat them!


Runner beans are very productive so perhaps plant a short row, with some french beans before and after to spread the harvest. You can have cabbage all the year but do you want it in summer when peas, beans, calabrese and other lovely things are around? Better to have it in winter and spring when there is little else, giving you more time in the busy season to look after the other crops.

7) Start with easier crops and established varieties. Salads, peas, beans, carrots, perpetual spinach, cabbage and calabrese are fairly easy and also potatoes, onions and leeks. Cauliflowers, summer spinach, swede and parsnip are more difficult. [you might do better though!]



8) Visit your plot little and often. It is better to go several times a week for a short time That way you can deal with the odd weed or spot the blackfly before they become a problem. When runner beans are in full flow you can pick them while they are at their best. If you visit once a week [and perhaps miss a visit ] you will find yourself struggling to control the weeds and pests and picking beans only to throw them away. In effect spending a lot of time just catching up.



9) Do not worry about getting it all done in the first season. The growing cycle is longer than one year, it will not be until your second spring that you will have experienced it all. So if you have only cultivated three quarters of the plot in the first summer you will have time to dig and plant a little more in the autumn for your garlic and spring cabbage and complete the job in the following spring.

More information
Seed packets themselves contain quite a lot of information. All  seed companies such as Suttons, Thompson and Morgan, etc. have catalogues with a lot of information. You can get them at the Allotment Shop, by post or sometimes at garden centres, but they all also have web sites with a bevy of information. 

Last but not least the libraries and bookshops are full of gardening books.

The Gardening Year


The gardening year is more than 12 months. Preparation can start in January and the first sowings begun in February. A succession of crops can then be sown and planted right through to the autumn and these later crops can provide harvests through until April or May the following year. So the complete cycle can be 16 to 18 months. Let us imagine then we are starting out on our first year.


January 

Little can be done outside unless it has been mild and dry enough to dig over and prepare some of the plot, so January is a good time to plan.
What crops would you like to grow? 
There is no point in growing crops no one likes!
What are your objectives? 
Do you want to grow as much produce as possible. In that case you might need a lot of freezer and storage space or be good at making preserves! Or you might want to grow smaller quantities of a wider variety of crops to meet your needs in the summer and to give something fresh all year round. Or perhaps grow those crops which are expensive in the shops yet still easy to grow. If you have very limited space consider crops like salads, tomatoes, climbing beans, which can give good returns from a small space.
Having chosen your crops, what varieties? 
All seed companies produce catalogues and on line catalogues, which give lots of information. Check out our seed catalogue on the Click & Collect site.
However, every variety is described in glowing terms.
How do you decide which variety?
Well you can read between the lines somewhat. If a tomato is described as very reliable and high yielding but no mention of taste it probably doesn’t taste that good!
RHS [Royal Horticultural Society] recommendations are often noted in catalogues and these are generally good on all fronts.
Varieties which appear in many catalogues and have been around for a good few years are also a good bet. If they have proved popular over the years there must be a reason!
Many new varieties are F1, which means they have to be bred afresh each year by crossing the same two parents. They are often more vigorous, higher yielding and come to harvest at the same time. However, they have mostly been bred for commercial growers and have certain drawbacks for garden and allotment growers. They are more expensive than standard [open pollinated] seed and you can’t save the seed. If you are a farmer aiming to harvest all his brussel sprouts the week before Christmas an F1 is perfect, but for you a standard variety which becomes ready over several weeks might be better. There are seed companies which specialise in these varieties, just search the web for traditional or heritage vegetables.


February

If it is dry and mild you can perhaps dig and prepare the land and even sow one or two things, such as broad beans, onion and shallot sets, and parsnips. Don’t, however, feel you need to rush in. In these colder wetter conditions germination is likely to be slower and more uneven and seeds sown later germinate better and tend to catch up.

NOTE - The growing season in our part of the country is one of the longest. This means you can start earlier than in other places, but perhaps more important, it extends longer in the Autumn, meaning that even if you sow and plant later, you will still get a good crop.

February is a good month for starting off more tender crops indoors. Sweet and chilli peppers can be sown in a heated propagator or on a warm windowsill inside or in an airing cupboard. They germinate and grow quite slowly so will be ready to plant outside in May, in time to avoid frosts but still have a long season to mature.
Some people sow tomatoes at this time but tomatoes grow much more quickly and can get weak and leggy by May when they can be planted outside. I believe March is much better. (remember NOTE above).
Potatoes can be chitted this month. This means putting your potatoes ( use only seed potatoes ) on a tray in a cool, light frost free place where they will start to produce shoots. This is supposed to give them a head start and an earlier harvest. It is really only useful for early potatoes and even then only means you will get your first taste a week or so early. For me the first new potatoes are a treat whenever they arrive!

March

This is the first of the three busiest sowing and planting months of the year. If you look at some seed sowing calendars you might feel you have to get everything done at once, but don’t panic, remember the NOTE above, if you are a little late you still have plenty of time to get good crops. Far better to ensure you have enough of your ground prepared to sow small amounts of the earliest crops such as parsnips, carrots and peas rather than struggle to prepare and sow everything.
Sow small amounts at intervals. 
This spreads your work load at a busy time but also means when it comes to harvest you don’t have more than you can eat. Sowing a whole row of lettuce at once will probably mean that when they are ready you will be only be able to eat a few before the rest go to seed. Applying the same principle to carrots , peas and other crops will give you a continuing supply without gluts.
Sow carrots, peas, lettuce , radish and spring onions at intervals.
Sow broad beans and plant onion and shallot sets if you have not already done so.
Sow brussel sprouts, celery and leeks in a seed bed for planting later.
Potatoes? You can plant early potatoes at the end of February, but a little later is safer. With potatoes it is not the time of planting itself that matters but the time when the leaves come through. If there is a sharp frost at this time the potatoes can be set back considerably. Early, second early and maincrop potatoes have different lengths of planting to harvest. You can plant early potatoes first but if you plant them all at a similar time you will still get earlies first and the others following on.
Sow tomatoes inside.

April


Prepare more ground if necessary and continue as above with sowings of carrots, peas ( including mange tout), lettuce, etc.
You can still sow more broad beans and plant potatoes.
Sow beetroot, turnips and perpetual spinach.
Sow calabrese, cabbages, brussel sprouts, kale and caulifowers in a seed bed for planting later.
Don’t panic over this, you can always cheat by buying in plants from a garden centre later. As you usually only need 6 to 12 of these, buying in is as economical as growing from seed.
French and runner beans can be sown inside ready for planting out in May, as can sweetcorn and courgettes. remember above NOTE, don’t rush to get these started as crops sown and planted later usually get away better and often catch up and do better than those planted too early.
Plant tomatoes in cold glass house. 

May


Sow more of above: carrots, peas, salads, beetroot, turnips and spinach.
At the end of the month direct sow french and runner beans, sweetcorn and courgettes.
Don’t worry if you are late you will still get a good crop.
Sow swedes. Plant out tomatoes, sweet corn french and runner beans sown indoors. Again better at the end of the month or into early June.
Sow winter cabbages and winter cauliflowers.
Sow indoor and outdoor cucumbers inside for planting in June.
Plant out brussels, leeks, celery and autumn and winter cabbages if you have space. If not you can plant them later after early crops such as overwintered broad beans garlic and shallots come out.
Earth up potatoes.
Watch out for blackly on overwintered broad beans and carrot fly and flea beetle.
Weed when necessary. It is far easier to keep on top if you get the weeds when young. 

June

More direct sowings of french and runner beans, peas, salads, carrots, swedes  and spinach, can be made.
Plant leeks, celery, brussel sprouts, cabbages, calabrese, purple sprouting broccoli, courgettes and marrows, sweetcorn, runner and french beans and outdoor tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
With luck you will be starting to harvest the first of your overwintered broad beans, peas, garlic, onions and shallots. Your first few early potatoes may also be ready at the end of the month.
Keep weeding! Water if the weather is dry. It is easier to keep on top of both and pests if you visit your plot little and often rather than putting in several hours at less frequent intervals!
You will now need to stake peas, beans, tomatoes and anything tall. 

July

This is the busiest harvest month, but there are still things to sow and plant.
You can still sow carrots, french beans, turnips, kale and perpetual spinach.
Dig up and dry out your garlic, onions and shallots.
You can plant out brussels, cabbages, winter cauliflowers and broccoli in their place.
French and runner beans will be nearly ready to harvest, as will later peas including mange tout, taking over from broad beans and early peas. You will be harvesting potatoes and carrots, salad crops, calabrese, cauliflowers and the first tomatoes, courgettes and cucumbers.
Keep weeding and watering where necessary. Keep a close watch out for pests.
Watch out for blight on potatoes and outside tomatoes.
Remember beans and peas will produce more pods if you harvest them frequently, so little and often again!

August

Sow pak choi, chinese cabbage and mooli (Japanese winter radish ). These are very quick growing and will give you a crop by October.
Sow spring cabbage, perpetual spinach and turnips for winter cropping. Plant winter cabbage.
Some vegetables will be past their peak but others such as sweetcorn, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines will be at their best.
Keep picking french and runner beans, peas and courgettes to prolong cropping.
There will also be calabrese, cabbage, cauliflower, salads, carrots, turnips and potatoes.
Spring planted onions should be dug up and dried out if you have not already done so.
Keep weeding and water when necessary.
Main crop potatoes appreciate water when they are bulking up and swedes can be tough and woody if not watered in dry spells.
Keep looking out for pests and potato blight. 

September

Summer cauliflower can be sown in a cold frame for overwintering and planting out next spring.
All the vegetables listed for August will should still be producing and the first celery and brussel sprouts might be coming ready.
Main crop potatoes can also be lifted and stored and a start made on digging the ground for next spring.
Stake brussel sprouts to avoid wind rock in winter. 

October

Sow over wintering varieties of broad beans and peas, such as Aquadulcia Claudia and peas Meteor and Douce Provence.
Plant spring cabbage.
Garlic and overwintering onions and shallots can be planted late in the month and into November.
Now is the time to lift and store many of the root crops, such as carrots, beetroot, turnips and swedes. I find, however, that you can leave these in the ground and dig them up when needed: parsnips are reputed to taste sweeter after a touch of frost.
There should be perpetual spinach, autumn cauliflowers and cabbage to harvest and brussel sprouts should be maturing. the first of the leeks might also be available.
Continue to dig over empty beds if the weather allows.
Remember above NOTE, our season is long and often summer crops such as beans and salads can continue well into October.   

November

Garlic, shallots and onions can still be planted and if it is mild, broad beans and peas.
Cabbage, cauliflowers, brussels, leek and celery should all be available alongside all the roots and stored vegetables such as onions, shallots and garlic.
Clean up all weeds, dead leaves and other rubbish and dig over empty ground. This exposes and destroys pests and diseases which might otherwise overwinter and saves a lot of time in spring.
Dig in or lay on top, manure or compost where potatoes, peas and beans are to be planted next year.  

December

Little can be done outside this month although if the weather is dry and mild you might be able to do more digging and soil preparation.
It is however once more the time to look through the seed catalogues and plan for the coming season, this time with the knowledge of your season’s successes and failures, with thought of rotating your crops and with some crops for winter harvest occupying the ground until spring while other areas are prepared and ready. So plan to put later planted crops such as sweetcorn or runner beans after your winter greens but early crops such as early potatoes and broad beans and summer brassica where the land is already cleared after crops such as maintop potatoes and beans.
It can be a little fiddly to do this and ensure you are also rotating your crops, but it can be done!
Always make a sketch of what you grew where ( optimistic plans and the reality ! ) so you can plan the coming season.
Brussels, cabbage, leeks and kale and root crops should still be available.  

January and February and Onward

 Sprouting broccoli and cauliflower will be there as other winter brassica are finishing and you come once again into the time of sowing and planting for the next season.

You have survived and hopefully enjoyed your first Gardening Year!

Recipes


Recipes

Here are a selection of recipes which utilise crops commonly grown on allotments...                                               


Goff’s Cool , Casual, Cucumber and Courgette Soup


Chop a medium onion. Soften and colour in a saucepan. Chop up courgettes and cucumbers in whatever quantities and proportions you fancy. Remember though that cucumber has stronger flavour than courgette. Add to onion in pan and cover with vegetable stock. A stock cube will do. Cook for 20 mins until soft, add a little chopped mint and whizz with blender. Simples!

Preparation time very little.

Cooking time not much more

Good hot or cold.

Voted delicious by Eastney Community Centre and Southsea Greenhouse.
Goff


Rhubarb Martini

Boil 500grms Rhubard in 1ltr of water with 250grms of sugar for about 20mins then strain and cool.

Fill a shaker with ice and shake 70mls of the syrup with 70mls of vodka, or to taste, serve immediately.

The syrup will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.

Do not operate heavy machinery!


Raspberry Jam

This basic recipe can be adapted for all fruit as it becomes available.
Raspberries, blackberries, plums (de-stoned) / sugar
Large microwave proof mixing bowl / jam jars

Cook your berries, fresh or frozen on a high setting for 4 minutes to release their juices. At this stage I put it through a kitchen sieve to remove the pips. Add an equal amount, by weight, of sugar and cook on high stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook on high until jam setting point is reached, (about 20 minutes), a jam thermometer is useful. Put into warm jars then cool, seal and label.

Oven Baked Rhubarb Jam

250g jam sugar with added pectin

250g thin rhubarb trimmed weight

Preheat oven 200c/180cfan/gas 6

Cut rhubarb into 1 cm lengths. Toss the rhubarb and sugar in a bowl and then pile into a baking dish packing it evenly. Cover with foil and bake for 40 mins. Give it a gentle stir and cook uncovered for another 20 mins stirring again after 10 mins. Transfer to a hot sterilised jar, cover and leave to cool before sealing.


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F.A.Q


A 5 rod plot is approximately 12.5x10m or 125 m2, which includes one pathway.
Rental costs are based on the size of an individual plot which are usually 3 (75m2) or 5 rods.  The rate per rod is set every year by the council on renewal of the lease.
There is a waiting list for all of our sites. The length of time you may need to wait is dependant upon the total number of plots available at your chosen site, but we will try to give you an idea when you first enquire. 
There is further information on the PCC allotment website - see link on the Links page.

When you are offered a plot you will be required to sign a simple tenancy agreement, which sets out your rights and responsibilities. You will be expected to keep your plot cultivated and tidy. Before you take on a plot, why not visit your chosen site one Saturday or Sunday morning, a popular time when other plot-holders will be around to help with advice or answer any questions you may have. 
Unfortunately they are not permitted on your own plots at any time due to restrictions imposed by the Council. 
We have permission from Portsmouth City Council, to have a large site bonfire around the 5th November. You will receive an email and there will be information on the Notice Board when bonfire time draws close. 

Composting should be carried out on your own plot.
COMPOST
√ Grass cutting
√ Rhubarb leaves/stalks
√ Leaves
√ General weeds
Generally if it will rot it can be composted but anything woody should be avoided unless it is chopped extremely finely.
Composting should be carried out on your own plot.
DO NOT COMPOST
Brussel sprout stalks
Raspberry canes
Plastic/wood/rubbish
Couch grass
Bindweed
Generally if it will rot it can be composted b
ut anything woody should be avoided unless it is chopped extremely finely.