We're keen to keep it green, down at Wharfside Community Gardens and we know you are too! We've put together a list of great eco-friendly projects you can start on your garden plot, giving mother nature a helping hand and ensuring your plot is as efficient as possible.
Go Green for Mother Nature
No-dig raised beds
No-dig gardening is a simple way to create soil rich in biodiversity without having to dig out your raised beds each year. It involves layering organic matter on top of the beds to create a 'sandwich' of natural materials. Not only does this help to lock Carbon into the Earth, but it can also reduce weeds. It's an easy and effective way to grow your plants
Say no to chemicals
Pesticides and other chemicals can be incredibly harmful to the environment, disrupting the biodiversity of soil and plants. It is best to use natural methods of pest control, such as companion planting and physically removing the pests, instead of relying on these chemicals.
Even the smallest plot will generate green waste. Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and give back to the environment. Not only does it help reduce waste, but it also helps create nutrient-rich soil that you can reuse.
Make Space for Nature
Creating a wildlife pond in your allotment plot can be extremely rewarding, not just for the wildlife it attracts, but for yourself as well. You can expect to see a variety of creatures in and around your pond. Make sure to break the ice on the pond during the winter months so birds can still have access to water.
If you're looking to invite more wildlife to your allotment plot, hedgehog boxes, wildlife ponds and bug hotels are great options. These will attract animals such as hedgehogs and frogs, which will help keep your slug population under control. Additionally, pollinators will ensure your crops yield a plentiful harvest.
Feed the Birds
Birds are often starved for food in the winter months, so providing them with some much-needed food could save their lives! In the summer months, by providing birds with a good meal, they may be less likely to go for your crops. Try adding some nesting boxes to the sides of your shed too.
Sheds and polytunnels
Sheds and tool stores
Your shed not only provides somewhere dry on those weary winter evenings and a safe spot to store your tools, but can also contribute to your eco credentials. Installing rainwater harvesting on your shed can help to reduce reliance on the site's water supply, while also providing a store of water for when it is needed. Additionally, solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Extra plots available...
We've heard your calls and we've answered! We've created more plots due to the high demand, so if you've been wanting to get your hands dirty and start growing your own veggies, now is the perfect time!
Don't keep it a secret - tell your friends and even share it on social media! We're sure they'll thank you for the tip. So what are you waiting for? Get your application in now and start growing!