Quick hat-tip to a great post on the Life on Pig Row blog that talks about the importance of taking GYO gardening seriously and decries the current trend towards using GYO merely as a way of being seen to be green.
If you are planning on putting your name down for an allotment, do consider whether you really will be able to spare the time, or whether there might be someone else behind you in the queue who’s just a tad more serious about it, whose plot you might end up occupying for those six months or so while you have a go and decide whether you like it or not.
It’s always worth bearing in mind that if you do want to get decent results, consistently, over the long run, then you do have to put in a serious amount of effort: planning, preparing, sowing, potting-on, planting out, weeding, watering, harvesting… it all adds up to a fair chunk of your time. And of course, the bigger the plot – allotments aren’t exactly tiny – then the more effort involved.
Nothing wrong with getting your eye in and trying your hand with a bit of back yard kitchen gardening before you go all out.