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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Monday, 31 January 2011

How big is an allotment? How big is a ten rod allotment? Getting an allotment this year and wondering how big it is?

How big is an allotment ?
The answer is it is usually measured in rods, and the most common size for an allotment is either ten rods or twenty rods.

How big is ten rods of land?
How big is 20 rods of land and what is a rod of land?

a ten rod plot  will be approximately 250 square metres

a 10 rod plot is aprox. 302.5 sq yards 

Why are allotments measured in rods?  Not all allotments are measured in this way but many are.

Rods are a measurement traditionally used for measuring land.

A rod is a  measurement for land it is thought to relate to the distance from the front end of an oxen to the back of a plough.

Other names for measuring land besides the rod are a perch and a pole, and they are 5.5 yards.

If you are thinking of taking on an allotment there are other things to consider apart from the size of the plot.
One of them is how far your plot will be from the nearest supply of water.
In other words if offered two plots and they are identical (which is highly unlikely) the one which is closer to the water tap will be less work in the spring and summer months if like on my plot you are not allowed to use hose pipes to water your vegetable plot. The distance when carrying water can be quite tiring in the summertime if you hit a dry spell of weather when the crops need watering desperately.

More on the good things (and the bad) of allotments soon.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote