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Dealing with different light conditions.

Many crops grow best in half to full sun, whereas others require shade. However, the majority of allotments do not have these conditions available. If so, it is best to follow these simple tips to get plants growing well.

  1. If your allotment is too shady because of trees that you own and are permitted to cut back, hire a tree surgeon to cut of a small section of overhanging branches. If the trees are not yours, politely asking for them to be cut back may do the trick. Make sure you can legally cut them back.
  2. If the sun is blocked by fences, planting in raised beds and pots can help as the plants will be raised off the ground.
  3. If there is too much sun, planting a small fruit tree or similar may be a good idea as they will block the light. Make sure you will not need to move them later – if so, plant small trees in pots, but take care when you are moving them as they will be heavy.
  4. Arrange plants so that sun loving ones are in sun, and so larger ones are not blocking the light that smaller plants need (unless you are trying to create shade).

Growing Radishes

Radishes are a useful crop on an allotment as they can be used as a space filler so you have no empty space. They are also easy to grow and delicious.

Radishes should be planted from March to June, in well dug, weed free soil. It does not have to be extremely high quality, nor does it have to be in a sunny position. Radishes can easily be grown in pots for ease. If you plant rows at two-week intervals, you will soon get an almost continuous harvest, which can be useful if you will not eat a lot in one go. There is no need to feed radishes, although they should be kept well watered and weed free.