If there’s one thing that’s evident from lockdown, it’s that given the opportunity to take up a new hobby, one of the popular ones has been gardening, and people have become particularly keen on ‘grow your own’, growing their own fruit and veg.
We’re really lucky in general with the parks and green spaces in and near Ealing, but did you know we have a large allotment site in Northfields avenue, too?
Before 1832, the land the Northfield Avenue allotments were on was called Ealing Dean Common. It was also known locally as ‘Jackass Common’ due to the summer pony races that took place there.
Grow your own on an allotment
Whether you’ve had a taste of growing your own at home and are looking to take on a bit of a bigger project, or you would like your own patch of outdoor space on which to start your growing adventures, Northfields Allotments have a great website where you can join the waiting list, learn more about the history of the allotments, or read tips on where to begin when you’ve been allocated a plot.
You can visit here.
Top tip for growing tomatoes
Whether you have an allotment, a big garden, or just a small outdoor space there are few things more satisfying to ‘grow your own’ of than tomatoes – they’re great for beginners. Once you’ve started growing a plant or plants, there is a way to grow more quite easily by potting up any of the side shoots that you remove which will grow into clones of the plant they once belonged to. Here’s how…
Remove the side shoot at the base of the shoot by twisting it off the plant.
If it’s small you may want to put it in a little dish of water in the window sill, and after a few days you’ll notice it’s grown roots.
Plant the shoot nice and deep into the soil to encourage lots of new roots and give it some water. It won’t usually need staking when it’s small, but if it does need support loosely tie the main stem to a wooden kebab stick. If you don’t have a greenhouse it’s no problem, stick a clear freezer bag over the top of the plant and the pot, and place somewhere sheltered outside, or somewhere bright inside for a couple of weeks to give roots a chance to form.
Keep well watered and watch as your little tomato plant clones grow!