|A less pleasant part of the hobby|
An allotment plot can be a cheap source of fresh fruit and vegetables, and help you have a healthier diet.
The food you grow will mean you have less contact with pesticides if you choose to grow organically.
An allotment gives you the excuse to spend time outside enjoying nature and looking busy
Each year you'll probably learn something new about the natural world -growing, the climate and even ornithology are just some examples.
Studies have shown that allotment horticulture causes a reduction in stress and in times of trouble it can give your mind something positive to focus on, this can give you a sense of achievement and well-being
Group activities on a site help community spirit and offers an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.
Gardening is a good form of exercise and as well as being cheaper than a Gym you get something healthy to eat. Maintaining a shared site has environmental benefits that come from providing green spaces and enriching wildlife habitats.
I regularly have a nice surprise with things I'd forgotten I've planted or given up on, yesterday we had our first home grown roast parsnips which tasted great.
|A nicer surprise|
You have to contend with people breaking into your sheds as well as fighting against rain, drought and pestilence (on my last visit I had to remove the remains of a dead rat)
Here's a bit more about the good things allotments give plot holders..
BBC's Horizon continues to delight
BBC 2 had an interesting Horizon on Placebo effect last week - seems that for a researched product to work as well as the placebo effect is not always easy to achieve. Placebo effect is even seen when used as control in surgical interventions. Research does show that the expectation of a 'drug' causes releases in the brain so it is in that interesting physical mental zone - the programme was well put together (as you'd expect) and very understandable without being patronising.