I've been growing veggies this year some courgettes, rocket, french runner beans, chillies, and peas. We don't have an allotment and unusually our tenement doesn't have a back green. We do however have access to our roof and a glazed cupola at the top of our stairs and grow our veggies in pots and window boxes. I like the idea of having an allotment, not only for the vegetable growing but also for the social side of being part of the growing community, however with waiting lists being around 3-4 years it's a long time to wait.
We know lots of people growing fruit and veggies in various places, allotments, back gardens, pots and window ledges. There is something incredibly satisfying about growing your own food, particularly in an urban environment.
A friend of ours recently pointed us in the direction of Landshare. An organisation which connects people with spare land, to people who want to grow. The idea developed out of the the tv programme River Cottage. It began when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helped some Bristol families grow veg on derelict council land. Since then it has grown and now has almost fifty thousand members across the UK.
For people with land it's a win win situation. You may not have time to look after your garden, but by allowing a grower to share your space you'll have a tidy garden and some free fruit and veggies every year.
There are quite a few Southsiders already members of the scheme, so if you have a garden or some land no matter how small that you could offer to a local grower or alternatively if you are interested in growing your own veggies but need some land sign up to Landshare.