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Is an allotment for flowers a good idea?

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TheRobbingBastards Mon 20-Jul-15 11:42:28

Just that ^^ basically.
DH and I have the opportunity to take on a third plot. My brainwave was to simply grow cut flowers for the house. Every week I spend between £3-8 on fresh flowers, the plot would be £50 a year so already I see a saving on the way.

Is it doable and if so, are we mad to consider it?!

ArtyBat Mon 20-Jul-15 12:03:36

I like the idea as allotments are for growing whatever you want in them.

You're already into growing re the other two plots, so you know the pitfalls re weather/insect/disease damage that can occur to plants, so if you've set aside a certain % for loss, and still come out in front, then go for it.

PurpleWithRed Mon 20-Jul-15 12:05:52

Depends on your allotment rules - we can grow anything on ours but some places insist on a % of veg at least. Otherwise yes definitely go for it, why not? Sarah Raven obviously the guru for this.

Christelle2207 Mon 20-Jul-15 12:09:01

Our allotments association require is to use them mainly for veg and are quite strict with the rules! So check the rules carefully.

TheRobbingBastards Mon 20-Jul-15 13:26:11

christelle, ours is a private allotment, basically a small agricultural field converted into allotments to fill the postcode lottery void.
I'm sure there's nothing about % of veg etc as things are very laid back there (we are allowed chickens, there is a bee hive on site, we have fruit trees and several plots have small areas laid to lawn)
Will definitely do some more research now it seems to be a goer grin

trufflehunterthebadger Mon 20-Jul-15 13:28:54

Do it.

There's one on my site which is mainly flowers, a few token edibles such as lettuce and chives and a couple of fruit bushes, it's lovely and attracts so many bees.

shovetheholly Mon 20-Jul-15 13:43:46

As a PP said, most council-run allotments have strict rules (in ours, only a tiny proportion can be flowers). But if it's a private site and there are no rules, why not? I guess one thing would be to have a word with local florists doing more creative things and see whether they'd be interested in buying blooms from you.

I think you'll have loads and loads more than you need if you devote a whole site to the floral alone. I cut flowers from my back garden each week for the house and I don't even make a dent on what I have growing out there! You need surprisingly few for a pretty big bunch.

Might be worth doing your research and checking varieties very carefully to make sure that you get really long season, repeat-flowering plants where possible - and ones that have really good life when brought indoors, because this can vary radically from rose to rose (or whatever) in my experience.

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