Low maintenance vegetables?

More space the allotment

Something extraordinary happened today: My allotment got 30% bigger.

Seriously: I acquired another 60 sq m. Or rather, I claimed them; my neighbour has recently consulted with our site landlord, and apparently I’ve had the land all along. I just haven’t been using my full allotment entitlement.

These are both excellent and troubling tidings. On the one hand, I’m gagging for more room. On the other, I worry whether I’ll have time to cultivate the extra land.

I thought I’d bung in another asparagus bed and some artichokes. And perhaps some more flowers – they all provide results without too much work. Anyone got any other ideas for low maintenance vegetables??

15 Responses to “Low maintenance vegetables?”

  1. Tattyanne Says:

    My obvious choice would be potatoes (?) or what about,dare I say it,…. a fruit tree?

  2. Soilman Says:

    Ooo… hadn’t thought about a fruit tree, Tattyanne. Nice thought!

  3. ChickenLover Says:

    Either pumpkins/squash – they need a lot of space but not much attention – or else beans that you can dry such as borlotti, cannellini, haricot – that way you don’t end up with a huge glut that you can’t face eating or freezing

  4. Soilman Says:

    The pumpkins/squash would definitely do the trick, ChickenLover, but they’re not my favourite veg. Although I may well do it anyway, because they have fantastic ground coverage and suppress weeds very well.

  5. Caz Says:

    But Soilman, your ‘shed’ is now in the middle of the allotment…. how about a greenhouse? I know someone who now has bbq area on their allotment…

  6. Soilman Says:

    Good thinking, Caz. I’ve considered the greenhouse, but must confess I’m concerned it would be trashed by moronic vandals; just too tempting to put a house of glass in their way.

  7. Pumpkin Queen Says:

    How about some grape vines around the perimeter and some larger veg like sweetcorn, butternet squash and potatoes on the rest of the soil?


    How about a kiwi plant and some goji berries? I like the idea of maxing out on fruit, so lots of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and currants – more antioxidants the better!

  8. Pumpkin Queen Says:

    Actually, change of thought – maybe a polytunnel?

    Expensive, but not so trashable by vandals.

  9. Caz Says:

    Pumpkin Queen is right, polytunnel!!! what brilliance

  10. Soilman Says:

    It’s a fine idea, Pumpkin Queen, a fine idea.

    Are polytunnels pricey??

  11. VP Says:

    Autumn fruiting Raspberries – they’ll take over the plot given half a chance and you only need to cut them down in February and pick the fruit July-November. Yum. If you lived nearer, I could let you have some of my award winning Autumn Bliss.

  12. Corynsboy Says:

    Oh I think I know what would look nice on there. A chicken coup and a run.

    Just think, fresh eggs every couple of days and something live to nurture. You’ve got to look after them, but when was the last time a carrot trotted up to you to say hello? They eat slugs and snails too and lets not forget that when they stop laying, or you get too many, they are made out of delicious chicken.

    It’s the next step for you soilman. You could develop a blog alter ego “Chicken Bloke”. Go and have a chat to the Mrs. 🙂

  13. Soilman Says:

    It’s an EXCELLENT idea, Corynsboy, and one I’ve toyed with often. Sadly, our allotment won’t allow livestock. Or I might already have acquired a pig or two. Or maybe three.

    VP: Thanks for the kind offer! Raspberries are a good idea, too – fairly maintenance-free. I only worry that I’ll not pick them fast enough when they’re fruiting. You basically have to do it every day, don’t you?

  14. Nancy Says:

    The beans would serve to enrich your soil there for the first year, till you can get your mind around what to do with the windfall of more space….oh, for more sunny space I can plant in!

  15. VP Says:

    You can just about get away with twice a week, but you’ll have to eat them up straight away. In this house, that’s not a problem…