Got myself an allotment, and I wish I'd got one years ago. I'm absolutely loving it. I know next to nothing about horticulture but I'm learning FAST! When I took it on in March it was totally covered in 6ft brambles. I cleared them and dug and dug to extract the roots. It was backbreaking, yet hugely rewarding. Frustratingly, the boogers still come through so I need to stay on top of it.
As for planting and crops, I've had some successes: spuds, sweetcorn, courgettes, strawberries, shallots, carrots and garlic. I brew beer so I've planted three hops - Centennial, Chinook and Galena - and they're going great. I have two grape varieties, Pinot and Boskoop, that are coming along well. Also, I inherited an apple tree, which is laden, so I may give cider a try. Finally, I have a damson tree, so a winter damson porter is screaming to me.
Not so good are my tomatoes and aubergines, but hey ho! Next year.
Next week I'm building a DIY greenhouse from pallets and UV sheets I 'found'.
Lovin' it and highly recommend it.