If you want to make the most of your own little slice of the outdoors, you should check out these allotment tips
If you own an allotment you’ve got your very own patch of land to enjoy, hopefully growing all kinds of gorgeous fruits and veggies for your family. With this kind of space at a premium though, it is so important to master all kinds of different storage in order to make the most of it. To help you, checkout these essential storage tips for allotments:
Your Allotment Shed
Your allotment shed is an essential storage element of your allotment, but it does need lots of attention in order to make the most of the space. It is certainly recommended that you keep space to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit in any weather – you can’t grow award winning crops without energy! With the rest of the space, you can try the following to save space:
- Place any seasonal tools into cheap self storage
- Store loose strings, markers and pens into recycled food jars
- Utilise all hanging space so that you keep some floor space free
- Have a tub ready for muddy wellies and dirty clothes rather than using any hooks
- Consider using hidden shelves or drawers under your workbench
- Store seeds in reused tic tac containers and herb jars to protect from pests
Your Fruit Harvests
Your fruit harvests will need to go home with you in order to be processed. As well as munching on your fruit everyday, you can do plenty with gluts including; making jam (utilising all those jars you have in your self storage unit), freezing fruit for smoothies and doing fruit switches with other allotment owners who grow different fruits.
Your Salad Harvests
Salad harvests are best to be enjoyed in the few days after harvest. Keeping your lettuce in jars though will keep it fresher for longer, so you’ll squeeze a little longer out of your crop. Even better, consider trying this yummy salad bag pesto from Jack Monroe which can further your lettuces reach. For tomatoes, the best way to deal with a glut is to make marinara sauce and store it because it can be used in stews, pastas, soups and more, so it’s really handy for those winter months.
Your Herb Harvests
The good thing about growing herbs in your allotment is that you don’t need to keep harvesting them to get them at their best. However, taking regular harvests will keep you in good supply of herbs and stop certain herbs getting woody or leggy. To preserve your herbs, freeze them and use them as normal when you have a recipe that requires herbs. You could even freeze individual portions into an ice cube tray for even more convenience.
Your Onion, Potato & Garlic Harvests
Onions, Potato & Garlic harvests are best kept at your allotment shed until you use them. You can hang them up in the dark shed and some items, like hanging garlic, will last for up to 8 weeks.
An allotment is an incredible place to have as your own, which is why utilising it and storing things properly is so important. Use our tips above and you can make even more of your lovely outdoor growing space.