Growing Fruit & Vegetables on the Isle of Man
High up on a hill overlooking the village of Laxey is our allotment garden. It’s a communal space where 27 members grow organic fruit, vegetables, and flowers on their own plots of land. We’ve been around now since 2010 and I help run the association as its Secretary.
One of the best things about gardening as part of a community is the collective experience that you can tap into. If you’re a beginner gardener you can ask for advice, or just peer into other people’s plots. Even if you’re experienced, there’s still a lot to be gained by seeing how others garden. New ideas, products, and techniques.
A video of what people are growing in August
I personally get a lot of inspiration from looking at how others garden in our allotment. We have the same climate, soil, aspect, opportunities and challenges. That means that what works for others could work for me! If you’re gardening in a back garden you might know your neighbours or have a peek over the fence. In an allotment, you can just walk around and have an easy look at what people are growing.
The Allotment in August
The video above is my walk around the Laxey and Lonan Allotment Association, giving an introduction to our site and filming what people are growing in August. There’s a lot of tips and ideas to take in including the use of netting, wind breaks, and the types of vegetables that do well in our climate. Our hardiness zone is 9 with mild summers and winters.
It begins at a look over our entire field and then I weave around the field to look at individual plots. It’s the peak of the season and there’s plenty of leafy greens, beans, pumpkins, and raspberries ripening.
I finish up with a look at how my own plot is doing and we even find where my resident frog lives! I accidentally uncovered his hidey hole as I was tidying around the pond. Do have a watch, and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you’d like to see more videos of the allotment garden.