The popularity of growing your own food was highlighted at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The show had its first ever edible garden, called Plot to Plate, which won a silver medal in the Show Gardens category.
The garden, sponsored by the estate agent Savills, was designed by Mark Gregory and had a working outdoor kitchen and dining area at its heart.
The Chelsea Flow Show had its first ever edible garden, called Plot to Plate, which won a silver medal in the Show Gardens category
Luxury raised allotment beds and irrigation systems can help produce the best results
Each day, eight Chelsea Pensioners were able to enjoy meals prepared with ingredients from the garden.
With this fashionable ‘plot to plate’ journey in mind, we take a look at some properties for sale with their own allotments for house hunters who want to grow their own.
1. Four-bed house, Chipperfield, £2.25m
The garden at this property in the Hertfordshire village of Chipperfield boasts some raised allotment beds
The property has an asking price of £2.25million and is being sold by Proffitt & Holt estate agents
The luxury four-bedroom property has a living room that overlooks the extensive garden
As well as the raised allotment beds, the garden has some lawned and patio areas for entertaining
This luxury four-bedroom home in the Hertfordshire village of Chipperfield sits in half an acre of land and has several high raise allotment beds.
The garden also features a hot tub, lawned areas and some established boarders.
The property is being sold for £2.25million via Proffitt & Holt estate agents.
2. Three-bed house, Garstang, £400k
This property in the ancient Lancashire market town of Garstang has a gated allotment in the garden with a greenhouse
The bungalow in Garstang has an asking price of £400,000 and the sale is being handled by Dewhurst Homes
The property has three bedrooms, while the interior throughout has a clean and bright look
This three-bedroom bungalow in the ancient Lancashire market town of Garstang has a gated allotment in the garden with a greenhouse.
The property has an asking price of £400,000 and the sale is being handled by Dewhurst Homes.
3. Eight-bed house, Binley, £1.41m
This house in Binley, a suburb in the east of Coventry, has an allotment as well as a chicken run
The Binley property has a tree-lined garden and is currently for sale for £1.41million via Cadman Homes
The tree-lined garden at the property has plenty of space to grow your own fruit and vegetables
There is a greenhouse that has a stone floor and plenty of worktop and storage space
This eight-bedroom house in Binley, a suburb in the east of Coventry, has a tree-lined garden with an allotment and chicken run.
The property was converted from farm buildings in 2011 and is for sale for £1.41million via Cadman Homes.
Top tips for growing your own food
Growing your own food isn’t just limited to homeowners. Some tenants may already have facilities at their rental to get involved in producing their own food.
This is the case for those tenants at Canada Gardens in Wembley Park, a build to rent development managed by Quintain Living.
As well as outdoor communal kitchens, tenants have access to a greenhouse, tool shed and 18 raised allotment beds.
Danielle Bayless,of Quintain Living, said: ‘Growing your own food is such a rewarding experience. Whether it’s a few of your favourite herbs or a whole bed of carefully planned and rotated crops, the pleasure of eating food you’ve grown yourself is undeniable.
‘Gardening is also a great way to boost your mental wellbeing, as well as get some exercise and enjoy being part of the local community.’
Quintain Living has seven top tips for those looking to get the best out of their allotments this summer.
Top tips for growing your own
1. Choose your fruit and veg wisely
From the right time to plant out your seeds and seedlings to crops that you can rotate as the seasons change, there’s a lot to consider when choosing what to grow.
Cucumbers, beetroot, sprouting broccoli and sweetcorn are all good seeds to sow during May, along with carrots, courgette and rocket.
2. Take care not to let invaders take over
Mint is a particular culprit in this respect – it’s invasive roots will gradually take over the entire bed, preventing its bedfellows from reaching their full potential. Put it in a container if it’s in a bed with other plants, to confine it to where you want it.
3. Sow lettuce every two or three weeks
This will help to keep you supplied all the way through to November.
Water often and well, as lettuce is a particularly thirsty crop. Water in the mornings, if possible, to reduce the likelihood of slugs munching their way through your precious lettuce leaves.
4. Choose crops carefully to help avoid weeds
If you’re not a fan of weeding, grow crops like squash or potatoes, which have dense foliage that will suppress the growth of pesky weeds.
5. Connect with friends and neighbours
By connecting with those who grow their own fruit and veg, you can benefit from their collective experience. You’ll gain a whole heap of tried and tested tips that can give your growing efforts a boost.
Local groups can be a huge help with keeping your plants watered if you’re away, as well. At Canada Gardens, the resident allotment group meets up regularly to share ideas, tips and excess produce, with members happy to look after each other’s plants during holidays and trips away.
6. Turn allotments into a learning experience
Many children love to get stuck in when it comes to planting and helping with weeding. Growing your own food is also a great way to teach everything from plant lifecycles to healthy eating.
7. Rotate your crops each year
Growing the same crop in the same soil year after year can deplete the soil of particular nutrients, which crop rotation can help to prevent.
Rotating crops has also been shown to reduce pests and diseases that come back year after year for certain plants. The result? More fertile soil with fewer pests, for years of happy growing.