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Top gardeners share 22 time-saving tips for perfecting your allotment

Ahead of National
Allotment Week, leading
plotters share 22 hard-
earned time-saving tips
Ahead of National Allotment Week, leading plotters share 22 hard- earned time-saving tips Credit:  Betsie Van Der Meer

This Monday, people from all walks of life will celebrate National Allotment Week. These muddy-booted hopefuls have one thing in common, a burning desire for just one perfect crop. It may be prize-winning carrots, fields of golden potatoes or a solitary tomato, it doesn’t matter. They grew it and it tasted amazing. But everyone has busy lives, time is precious, and allotments reflect this.

Gardeners’ World presenter Frances Tophill, who visited allotments up and down the country before taking on her first plot in Kent this year, says: “There are a lot – a lot – of no-dig plots now and a real movement away from the traditional style of growing in long rows. More people are into perennial growing...

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