Roehampton Garden Society

Better Plotting

Getting the most out of your allotment can be a challenge:

  • Growing things that give you pleasure both to eat and to look at
  • Nurturing the soil for healthy crops
  • Encouraging wildlife and polinators
  • Reducing pest damage and disease without environmental harm
  • Planning ahead to match production to your needs, avoiding feast and famine.

How can we do it? Advice can be found from many sources, including some online sources below. Check out the information on this website, too. Organic Gardening advice and Plot jobs Month by Month are also to be found in the Growing Things section.

Remember that other allotmenteers are often happy to help – don’t be afraid to ask a neighbour, or come to the store on a Sunday morning.

Space saving:

Square foot gardening and Main and Catch Crops  (Putney Community Gardens)

Herbs and Salad leaves in growing-bags (RHS)

Vegetables in containers (RHS)

Successional sowing (RHS)

Nurturing the Soil:

Everything you wanted to know about Composting (Carry on Composting)

How does Composting work? (Gardening Knowhow)

Soil Composition/What to put in your Compost Heap (Wandsworth Composting Project)

Composting (RHS)

Companion Planting:

Companion planting (Putney Community Gardens)

Companion planting (SAGA)


Wildlife on allotments (National Alloment Society)

Gardening for Bumblebees (Bumblebee Conservation Trust)

Honeybees and wild Polinators (National Alloment Society)

Reducing Pest Damage and Disease:

Create your own slug trap (Slugwatch)

Crop Rotation (RHS)

Planning Ahead:

Hardy vegetables for the winter (RHS)

Crops and produce advice (National Allotment Society)