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Allotments in Germany


By anujag


We travelled by train to a few other places from Berlin. The first thing I noticed were the allotments just outside towns and cities. They look very different from the ones in UK. They appeared smaller, had well defined borders – fences or hedges, had more than just a garden shed, ie, many had small summer houses, pergolas, BBQs, trampolins, and lots of flowers.

I took some photos from the train and they are not all that good. I missed the best ones, but will give you an idea.

I wondered if allotments were used differently in Germany. More as a garden away from home. I returned and researched a bit on the net and it turns out that there was a time when allotments were used mainly to grow vegetables. Now it is used just as I thought, as a relaxing outdoor place and garden for parents and play area for children.

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How interesting, a bit like us Brits with beach huts - home from home with benefits!

14 Aug, 2013


Rather like the ones I have seen near Stockholm. As they are not used in the winter, they become like a second home in the summer

14 Aug, 2013


Yes, it so interesting. I read that there are about 1.4 million allotment gardens all over Germany.

15 Aug, 2013


Hi Anujag. Take a look at my blogs...I have one of those allotments.

15 Aug, 2013


Hi Rogi, that is wonderful. I went through some of your blogposts, when you say 'bungalow' do you mean the one in the allotment? The photos are good. I specially liked the one of a lamp in the dark! Lovely!
I gather from your writing that the Germans have really tidy gardens and allotments, removing every little weed, etc. Funnily enough I felt looking at the countryside that the fields look much more tidy and organised in UK whereas in Germany there were more wild meadow patches between cultivated areas. I even commented that perhaps the wild bees are happier in Germany. What do you think?

15 Aug, 2013

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