Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening on an Allotment, General Gardening Help and Advice

John Harrison Vegetable Growing Month by Month

I realised that there are a lot of new growers and gardeners looking for straightforward advice & help so I wrote the books. Amazingly these are now bestsellers!!

You can buy them from bookstores, Amazon or direct from me here:


I've been gardening and growing my own vegetables, fruit and herbs for nearly 40 years now. I was lucky enough to get a good grounding from my grandfather and I've learned a lot from my mistakes along the way.

Some years ago we moved to a new house which had a tiny suburban garden giving little room for growing vegetables, mainly a small herb bed and some salad crops. Then I realised there was an allotment site round the corner so gardening tools I contacted the local council to see if they had any vacant allotments.

They put me onto the allotment site rep who showed me around and finally gave me the key to plot 5. Yes, I was the proud plot holder with 150 sq metres of overgrown, wet, heavy clay soil to play with.

What's better than an allotment? - easy two allotments and a year later I took on plot 29.

After 8 years hard work getting the allotments into good order, the soil workable and fertile and even the weeds under control it was time for another challenge and we moved to a smallholding in North Wales with a different set of challenges as I establish a new vegetable plot.

Allotments are a great hobby. They're cheap, you get healthy exercise without having to pay for a gym or run around in circles and you get to eat healthy fruit and vegetables without all those pesticide residues.

What is an Allotment?

We get a lot of visitors from around the world and they're not sure what an allotment site is. Basically an allotment is a community garden primarily for growing vegetables. However, allotments are a lot more than that, they're a community in themselves. The history of allotments goes back in British history and you utility buildings can find out more here: Allotment History or check out our 7 years on the plot in our Allotment Photographs

A Selection From Our Allotment Photograph Record

About the Allotment Garden Web Site

My wife, Val Harrison, runs the recipes and food side of the site. Growing your own inevitably means gluts and we give advice on how to store and preserve your harvest rather than waste it. Check out the recipes here.

She specialises in Jams & Chutneys and together we wrote the book Easy Jams, Chutneys & Preserves

Allotment Articles

You'll find some great allotment articles on the site, there's more to come over the next couple of weeks. If you're looking for a plot, this should help: Finding an Allotment

Vegetable, Fruit & Herb - Grow Your Own Advice

We've a large set of guides and in-depth articles on the basics and finer points of growing your own. These should be online over the next week or two.

Children & Allotments - Mucky Fun!