Small allotments advised by Dimmock

TV gardener Charlie Dimmock, who has filmed a series on allotments that is yet to be broadcast, believes Britain's allotment shortage could be solved by cutting plots into quarters. She said: "A lot of plots are way too big for the average couple and if you halved them and halved them again, that would be practical for many people."


"I'm not suggesting throwing people off existing plots, but if a plot comes up, split it into a combination of allotment sizes to suit those who are going to be there either every day, three times a week, or one day over the weekend.

"People with big plots are ending up covering half in matting to suppress weeds."

She added: "You used to fill up your freezer with runner beans. I'd string them as a kid for hours but how many people do that nowadays?

"Now people want fresh and exotic, but if you grow three plants of fresh chillies you have too many."

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