The Royal Horticultural Society http://www.rhs.org.uk
Beware trying to access it at weekends - its server gets overloaded a lot! Garden information, plant trials, information on pests and diseases, the Society, flower shows…
The Alpine Garden Society http://www.alpinegardensociety.org
BBC Gardening http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening
BBC Weather http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather
Very useful sites, with factsheets for Gardeners' World programmes, calendars of what to do when, message boards, basic techniques, spotlights on plants…
Bulb and Seed companies *now a separate section*
Gardens open to the public
Hodsock Priory (snowdrops) http://www.snowdrops.co.uk
Chatsworth House http://www.chatsworth-house.co.uk
The Eden Project http://www.edenproject.com
Gardens of Cornwall http://www.gardensincornwall.co.uk
Allotment web diaries and blogs (UK-based only)
This is an attempt to get all extant UK allotment blogs in one listing - some sites are more helpful than others and some are rather dodgy: I have NOT attempted to edit them, just to list! Read at your own peril. Comments mine. A lot of them suffer from newbie enthusiasm, and weren´t updated after a few months. Pity - especially the ones with the allotment domain names! I´ve tried to put the current diaries at the top of the list (as of 6th July 2006)
Sites updated in the last month
Beryl and John Saunders http://www.saundersallotment.co.uk
Very professional allotmenteers, have a fantastically organised plot. Diary up to date.
Jane Perrone´s blog of her allotment. Very good resource (she also writes for The Guardian newspaper´s Newsblog ).
Plots 5 and 29 http://www.allotment.org.uk/
December 2002 to the present on Wistaston Green Allotments, Crewe
Plot c81 http://plotc81.blogspot.com/
Anna in Liverpool´s blog. March 21st 2005 onwards.
Anything but sprouts http://anythingbutsprouts.blogspot.com/
(I´m with that sentiment!) A London vegetable garden blog.
Mike´s allotment diary http://surelythisisntinteresting.blogspot.com/
Another long time allotment holder with a blog. Lovely photos (he´s an ex-pro).
The Accidental Smallholder http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/diary/
A Scottish couple´s diary: been going since 1999 and covers a lot of topics including small animals as well as plants.
Allotment Lady http://kooringa.blogspot.com/
A blog of a large allotment in Norfolk
Our Allotment´s Blog http://ourallotment.blogspot.com/
A Bristol city allotment
The Pellon Allotment Plot http://pellonallotment.blogspot.com/
My Allotments http://myallotments.blogspot.com/
Steve Partridge´s blog
Allotments4all and Allotmentsnstuff forum folk and their blogs
(usernames in brackets)
Pumpkin Soup http://allotment.humanlint.com/
11th Feb 2005 onwards. Another new blog, kept nicely up to date (newchangeling)
Gillian´s blog http://www.mytinyplot.co.uk/
Lovely blog, another organic grower; I don´t think it´ll stay tiny for long...
I like her commandments (esp no 5!) (Gillian)
Clive Scoggins´ blog http://www.plotblog.blogspot.com/
From October 2004, though he´s had the plot since November 2003. (Speedy Mango)
Mia´s site http://multiveg.wordpress.com/ (Multiveg).
A vegetable garden diary.
Lottie´s Lottie! http://firrybottom.blogspirit.com/
It´s Firry because of a Fir Tree, honest... sometimes Delilah (aka Lilo) writes it too! (Lottie)
Jerry Sanders´ blog http://sandersj89allotment.blogspot.com
Jerry´s just started this to record his new plot´s development (though already has an older one)
Current up to September´s harvest (sandersj89)
Emma Kitteridge´s blog http://www.losingtheplot.blogspot.com/
Wish I´d thought to call mine Losing the Plot! (ekitteridge)
Jim´s blog http://www.hoehoehoe.blogspot.com/
From May 2005. Stopped at May 2006 but I´m leaving it in `active´ as he got badly vandalised (Allotmanye)
Allotment News http://allotmentnews.blogspot.com/
From January 2006 (EJ - Emma Jane)
Dicky´s Farm http://www.dickysfarm.blogspot.com/
From October 2005 (Dicky)
Simon´s Allotment Diary http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/simonb/
From February 2005 (simon404)
...And I hate worms! http://www.ihateworms.blogspot.com/
From November 2005 (Amanda21)
Allotment News http://allotmentnews.blogspot.com/
Emma Jane has started a blog! January 2006 (EJ- Emma Jane)
Duck Dinner Dash http://duckdinnerdash.blogspot.com/
From December 2005 (mc55)
Ceratonia - a Garden Diary http://ceratonia.blogspirit.com/
Veg and flower gardening in a large garden (Ceratonia)
This and That http://journals.aol.co.uk/rsbrenchley/ThisandThat/
Allotments and beekeeping (Robert_Brenchley)
Diaries and blogs which aren´t currently (6.7.06) being updated.
Lou´s Allotment http://emloulottie.livejournal.com/
Now just Lou, as Emma´s sadly moved house. (Fozzylozzy)
Down among the Flowers http://www.etribes.com/bananagirl
From March 2006 - a lottie from scratch though she seems to have gone on sabbatical now (bananagirl)
Garden Cadet´s Blog http://gardencadet.blogspot.com/
From Feb 2006 (Garden Cadet)
Summary of 2005 then Jan 2006 onwards though it´s moved site and I don´t have the new link yet (Jesse)
The 21st Century Good Life? http://21stcenturygoodlife.blogspot.com/
From November 2005 (Paranoid Mandroid)
Columbus´s blog http://www.malcbro.demon.co.uk/allotmentindex.htm
Mostly photos though at present, lots of broken links (Columbus)
Bupster´s blog http://www.plotholes.blogspot.com/
Just started up... I love the name! Hopefully she´ll be back soon (Bupster)
Comfrey Tea Stinks http://www.blogigo.com/comfreytea
June and July 2005 so far (Diesel)
Salsify and Scorzonera http://www.keirg.freeserve.co.uk/diary/default.html
Diary and lots of other information based around an allotment in Leeds. A fantastic resource but hasn´t been updated for a few months.
(Gavin). I´m ever so sorry he´s stopped writing, but the info is still there.
Squirrel´s Garden http://squirrels-allotment.blogspot.com/
Another recent allotment convert, started off well but seems to have tailed (sorry!) off.
Friends of the Porter Valley http://www.portervalley.fsnet.co.uk/
A conservation group near Sheffield who also have an allotment
Needin a new Eden http://robslogslog.blogspot.com/
Rob´s plot in Belfast. Diary been going since January 2005 but he´s had the plot a year longer.
Up to end August
Allotment Diary http://www.knowabout.co.uk/allotment/
Brief few months of diary but has not been updated since July 2003
Chris Coates' Blog http://www.chriscoates.com/Coates/freedomblog.nsf/(storiesbygroup)?openview&restricttocategory=Allotment
General blog with allotment snippets within it. The link just goes to those, but you can´t check the dates of entries.
Allotment life diary http://www.rdg.ac.uk/fineart/Alex/allotmentlifediary.htm
A newbie´s plot in Reading. Hasn´t updated since May 2005.
Another site which was well designed but died off fairly quickly.
Lottie´s allotment site (new) http://lotties.brainiac.com/index.htm
Beautifully designed site, pity only one month´s worth was ever written up!
David Randall http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/home/David_Randall/allotment%20diary.htm
Diary only 2002
Pat´s blog http://myallotment.blogspot.com/
Nothing since the end of February 2005 sadly.
Sprout´s Allotment http://sproutsallotment.blogspot.com/
Sprout is a newbie to www.allotments4all.co.uk but has not updated since June (mind you, got hitched in August so...)
A group who took on a half plot in October 2001 in Warsash, then another a few months later (sound familiar?)
Plot 44 http://plot44.blogspot.com/
- a couple of allotment novices who got their plots in January 2005 and are doing very well so far!
Colin and Sue http://www.colinlawrence.free-online.co.uk/
No diary, just pictures and explanations of how they did their plot from scratch, together with some great ideas
An interesting read!
http://www.earthlypursuits.com/AllotGuide/AllotGuide.htm Gardening ebook : Ministry of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guides - 1945
Google has an awful lot of allotment information indexed here and it´s worth a visit.
There are a lot of us out there!
Book and magazine Reviews have their own page!
Other gardening help and advice sites:
Debby´s Garden Links http://www.debbysgardenlinks.co.uk/index.htm
Paul´s Garden World: http://www.powen.freeserve.co.uk