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Autumn/winter tips

Although there are some very hardy, dedicated plotholders out there, many of us become less frequent visitors to our plots during the colder months. Here are some quick but essential autumn and winter jobs to ensure your plots are in

Get organic, get rotten…

…Get composting!: Adding organic matter through composting is the best way to improve your Rosendale allotment’s heavy (but potentially very fertile) clay soil. Why compost?: The joy of composting is that waste material can be turned into something extremely valuable

Wild about wildlife

Why should I care? What’s in it for me?

 As gardeners we can grow healthy produce efficiently and give nature a helping hand. If we make just a few changes to how we do things, we can save ourselves time,

Wildlife gardening

Why should I adopt wildlife-friendly gardening practices? Because wildlife is in trouble. Some recent UK examples:   – Butterflies 70% of species are declining Butterfly conservation, 2015. – Hedgehogs declined by 66% in the last thirteen years PTES, 2018. –

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Choose no-dig instead!

Allotment plot holder Nick Giannissis found Mervyn’s feature about his ‘no-dig’ plot here on the RAA website. With google he discovered more, was converted to no-dig himself, and he has written his own feature on the subject, published here for