The judges met with Essington Parish Council to view the work done by the community, starting at St John's Primary Academy, where they viewed the allotment garden
called St John's Mini Diggers, which is maintained by school children.
The allotment garden
shed was decorated inside and out with traditional decorations and lights and looked particularly lovely, set against the dark evening with snow falling outside.
The book presents six detailed eco garden plans for a variety of locales and scales, including a city courtyard, an intensive food garden, dry and rain gardens, and an allotment garden
. And then there are instructions for the basics, from choosing tools, harvesting rainwater, making and using compost, growing vertically, building a pond, maximizing sunlight, attracting beneficial insects (and controlling the rest), using recycled and reclaimed materials for landscaping, making our own biodegradeable starter pots, avoiding the use of peat in the garden (which is how the author and I connected--see my article on the topic in Natural Life Magazine: www.NaturalLifeMagazine.com/0712/asknlpeat.html)--and even planting an edible green roof.
The site that was previously under let is now an award winning allotment garden
, having secured a number of accolades including most improved allotment site in Birmingham.
Jenny Mollison, secretary of the Scotland Allotment Garden
Society, applauded Rik for growing a garden from scratch.
Thee European allotment garden
movement began approximately 150 ears ago, providing urban populations an opportunity for self-sufficiency through the production of fruits and vegetables.
FRESH FOOD: What could be healthier than a meal cooked with fresh ingredients picked from your allotment garden
that same afternoon?
One is the Bozuyama Allotment Garden
located on a quiet hill in the village of Shiga, Nagano Prefecture, and overlooking the Northern Japan Alps.
The eco-demo garden is an initiative of the municipality of Bladel, allotment garden
associations Hapert and Bladel, Waterschap de Dommel, the Brabant Environmental Federation and the Dutch and local department of Velt.
The allotment garden
grows flowers and cultivates plants for the grounds, with a strong commitment to the use of locally sourced produce and resources where possible and ensuring that the flowers are homegrown rather than brought in.
MOSS ALLOTMENT GARDEN
PROJECT, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE The winner goes to a charity that provides therapeutic horticultural activities for people with mental and physical disabilities, which helps their participants reintegrate into the community.
Waterloo Housing Association and Thomas Vale Construction extended the allotment garden
at St Giles Junior School to help pupils nurture their passion for gardening.