A significant number of people in the UK have an allotment. For those without a garden of their own, and those who don’t have enough room to grow fruit and vegetables at home, an allotment provides the perfect solution.
Storage is very important on an allotment, since you’ll have an array of garden tools you’ll need to use whenever you go there. As such, you also have to think about security, since you won’t always be on-site to keep an eye on things.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options you can choose from. We’ve focused on some of the main ones below, to help you make the right decision when purchasing a garden building for your allotment.
An array of garden buildings to choose from
Before you choose the building you want, it’s best to double-check how much space you have to work with. According to The National Allotment Society, the traditional allotment size is 250 square metres. However, in recent times, the popularity of allotments has meant some local authorities have reduced plots in size by half. Make sure you know how big your plot is before you think about putting any sort of garden storage building on it. You should also check to see whether there are any limitations on the size of shed or storage building you can use.
Once you have this information, you can look at the possibilities. A shed is the most obvious choice. A compact shed will take up little space and yet will provide you with ample storage, such as the Hartwood 4’ x 6’ Windowless Overlap Apex Shed, for example. Opting for no windows can also be a good idea, since no one will be able to access the allotment and look inside to see whether you have anything valuable in there. Incidentally, make sure you buy a good-quality lock for your shed or other building, to make sure everything stays secure.
Sheds can have the overlap cladding or the more robust tongue-and-groove cladding. You can also opt for a wooden shed if you are happy to treat it now and again to keep it looking good, or a plastic or aluminium shed if you prefer a no-maintenance option.
Alternatively, you may want to opt for a Summerhouse instead. It doesn’t have to be a big one, and it could be a better option if you spend more time at your allotment. Not only will it hold all your tools, it also provides you with a more appealing place to sit out of the sun and enjoy some rest and relaxation time. Some summerhouses have verandas attached to provide some shade, so that’s something to bear in mind too.
Do you need any extras?
If you grow a lot of different things and storage is very important to you, it makes sense to consider whether to add shelving to your garden building. Plastic shelving units can hold a lot of items and take mere moments to put together. They can also be purchased with three, four or five tiers, so you can choose the most appropriate one for your needs.
A further option to consider is a lean-to, which is designed to be attached to a regular wooden garden shed. They can be bought for 4’ x 6’, 5’ x 7’ and 6’ x 8’ sheds, all of which would be ideal for an allotment. They provide some additional shelter to the side of your shed, which you could use for sheltering sensitive plants from the sun while they grow, or even for sitting under on a warm day.
Making the right purchase for your needs
As you can see, space and budget are both very important to bear in mind here. Furthermore, you should bear in mind practical needs, too. A garden building for your allotment isn’t just somewhere you can store your garden forks and fertiliser. It is also somewhere you can store a chair or two for yourself and perhaps a visitor. You can also use it to provide overnight protection for young and tender plants, before they are planted out into your allotment.
This makes it very important to consider what you want from your garden building. If you have decided on a wooden shed, for example, you should think about how long you want it to last. Overlap sheds tend to be cheaper than tongue-and-groove, but the latter is of better quality. Some are pressure-treated, too, which means they are better able to withstand the rigours of the weather.
Make sure you consider where on your allotment you could position a shed or similar garden building. Then you can consider sizes and materials, to ensure you buy the best garden building for your needs. It could transform the way you use and enjoy your allotment.