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Choosing The Right Pots

An Apple.

A common problem that people face when trying to grow plants it that they do not know what pots to choose. The right type of pot depends in what you are trying to grow.

Seeds are best planted in plastic seed trays or small biodegradable pots. Biodegradable pots are better suited to larger seeds, and are useful as the roots are not damaged when the plant is potted on.

Cuttings can also be planted in plastic seed trays or plastic cellular trays.  However, they are best planted in biodegradable pots so that their delicate root system is not damaged.

Shrubs are best planted in plastic pots which are strong and allow for some movement if you are careful, as they are heavy.

Larger or more permanent plants should be planted in large plastic  or metal pots, or frost resistant terracotta pots. Terracotta pots are best both aesthetically and practically as they absorb water and often are stable.


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).


Trees in Snow

Some large trees in snowy weather.

How do you deal with snow on the allotment? Snow is normally in winter, so your winter plants like onions and garlic should survive, especially if you carefully clear the snow off the with a trowel. If you have other plants like fruit trees which have snow weighing down the branches, wipe it off (wear gloves).

If there is ice, do not worry about your allotment as it will probably survive. Remember to stay safe.

If a small, low branch is broken, cut it off taking care not to harm yourself or others, and checking there are no birds nests there or animals living on it.
For larger, higher and more dangerous branches, keep away from the area and hire a tree surgeon.

To help to stop this happening again, make sure trees have one cane or stick tied to the central stem. This will help to support them.

If you have herbs or other similar plants that are covered in snow, wipe it off and check for damage. Cut damaged stems off, but make sure that you leave enough foliage so that the plant stays alive.

If you want to protect smaller plants in winter, cover them with a cloche or tunnel. These are extremely useful as they protect from frost and snow, as well as keep the plant warmer. Clear cloches are best as they do not block light.
For best results, peg or tie them down to stop them from falling or blowing away. You should also clear snow gently off them to prevent breakages or light blocking issues.

Whatever you do when it snows, make sure you wrap up warm and wear gloves.