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Old 01.04.2007, 17:45
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I am amazed a the gardening allotments around the town here. Often there is a 'garden shed' the size of a small chalet - certainly many seem to resemble second homes. Given the Swiss passion for order - how did these plots come to exist and how are the occupants seemingly able to build whatever they like on them?

Just curious..........
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Old 01.04.2007, 17:59
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Re: Allotments - wow!

I would love an allotment, hovever we live in a small village and there are non here. Ten KM or so away in Frauenfeld there are some.

What is the General process into looking at getting an allotment, or does the waiting list practically exclude you:
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Old 01.04.2007, 18:15
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I would love an allotment, hovever we live in a small village and there are non here. Ten KM or so away in Frauenfeld there are some.

What is the General process into looking at getting an allotment, or does the waiting list practically exclude you:
Not sure whether it is different in differing Cantons or Gemeinde. Where I am, it is the Geminde that administrates etc. Not too expensive either.

Friend of mine applied & was issued with a "Garten Ausweis" within 2-3 weeks, as there were plenty of plots free.
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Re: Allotments - wow!

well,i hate to spoil it for you, but indeed as much as these sheds look like second homes, these also a regulated their size and the materials allowed to build them etc etc. Despite their appearance it's also not allowed to inhabit them,like a second holiday home .

The allotments in the german part of Switzerland are very sought after,we've got two here with minutes away from my home and for both exist extremely long waiting lists of some years,many of them get handed over within a circle of a family or friends.

You may try your luck with your Gemeinde ( often its the BAUAMT that manages them ),more often its clubs that are responsible and manage everything .

http://www.familiengaertner.ch/

Telandy, if you go to that website and click on links,when you scroll down you even find a website of the above mentioned club in Frauenfeld

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Old 02.04.2007, 10:05
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I am amazed a the gardening allotments around the town here. Often there is a 'garden shed' the size of a small chalet - certainly many seem to resemble second homes. Given the Swiss passion for order - how did these plots come to exist and how are the occupants seemingly able to build whatever they like on them?

Just curious..........
This is the Swiss equivalent of shanty-towns.

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Plots for growing vegetables - how to get/buy one?

[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']Does anybody know how I could get an allocation or buy a plot for growing vegetables? There are a lot of these plots in the area where people grown vegetables. Thank you.[/FONT]
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Old 13.07.2008, 11:14
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Re: Plots for growing vegetables - how to get/buy one?

You are probably looking for this site http://www.familiengaertner.ch/ Here are all the garden clubs for the Zurich area. http://www.familiengaertner.ch/index...d=40&Itemid=53
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Re: Allotments - wow!

"You are probably looking for this site http://www.familiengaertner.ch/ Here are all the garden clubs for the Zurich area. "

Thank you. How do these garden clubs work? Do I need to join one of them in order to get a plot of land? How much do these plots of land go for usually, i.e. price range just to get an idea? Can one buy this land or is it just leased out to one? Not sure how this works.

I am also looking at buying a small fram in order to go there for week ends with the family as an alternative to plot allotment. Any ideas on this? THanks.
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Old 13.07.2008, 13:03
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Re: Allotments - wow!

Its a club, typically CHF200 joining fee and I pay CHF142 a year or every 6 months. Basically if you join and there is a plot free you sign up and get assigned a plot. The problem you may find is finding a free plot. Generally the plots run on a yearly basis, so you may have a better chance of securing a plot towards the end of the year. If the plot has a shed or Swiss Chalet on then you will need to pay for this. The shed / chalet then belongs to you and the plot to the garden club. Where are you in the ZH area?
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Re: Allotments - wow!

This thread is also worth a mention:

http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...bach-area.html

Depending on your geographic and German skills, you can apply for a hobby garden at the correct address after reading it.
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Re: Allotments - wow!

We were going to do this with a friend a couple of years ago so we registered on the website for the Basel area. There are several different allottments. You can buy them from whoever is advertising theirs for sale (there are pictures on the website) or just put your name on the waiting list if you have specific criteria. There was a big range of prices depending on how fancy the house is. The rules may be different for different allottments too. We changed our mind but our friends bought into one. They didn't have to wait very long- depends how flexible you are on location and type of house and plants already on the site. If someone wants information on Basel I can look it up for you - can't remember the website offhand. Probably Baslerfamiliengarten or something like that.
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Re: Allotments - wow!

Make sure you look at the area the allotment is in. There are two in Bern which are literally sharing space with the local garbage burning place, and the soil is said to be quite polluted and there are others too close to busy roads. I was told that it is actually worth getting a soil test done before renting an allotment - no point wanting to grow your own vegetables if they'll make you glow in the dark sometime in the future.
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Private Allotments

Hi,
Thinking about using some ground I might buy @ in part as private allotments since it is a land rather an odd shape? Questions. Could I do so? What sort of size is your average allotment? What sort of services if any are usually present on allotments? water? electricity? What sort of monies could I charge for its use?

Thought anybody?
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Old 11.10.2008, 12:26
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Re: Allotment Information

The typical rent and a few other things are mentioned in the thread I linked above.

Our garden is 200m^2, some of our neighbors have slightly smaller ones.

The infrastructure that is available to us: water, chaffing service in autumn, and a shop that sells various items for gardening and is open a few hours per week during the gardening season.

If you could do it? Depends on zone regulations. And most allotments aren't business ventures but clubs.
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Re: Allotment Information

All of the allotment information seems to be with respect to the German speaking cantons. Is anyone aware of the availability of allotments in the canton of Vaud? Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks!
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Re: Allotment Information

Maybe this Site for Allotments in the Romandie will help you further.
The French seems to be 'Jardins Familiaux'.

Good luck with the garden!



No wonder I had a feeling of déjà vu when I wrote this.
I put the link on the Forum once before - it's in the Thread which Nathu gave us the link to - in the 10th post in this one.

Last edited by Longbyt; 06.10.2009 at 10:06. Reason: Added remark.
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Old 06.10.2009, 10:24
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Re: Allotment Information

Try this link for more information in the French part.

http://www.familiengaertner.ch/index...id=9&Itemid=13
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Re: Allotment Information

Good information on planting can be found on the UK website http://www.allotment.org.uk/ I can recommend the guys books.

For those newcomers - any root crop, ie parsnips or carrots will rot here in the ground over winter.
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Re: Allotment Information

I've submitted two online requests for info about getting a Schrebergarten to the site below, one about eight weeks ago and one about four weeks ago. The first request was via a general 'Contact Us' form, and the second was via an application form that had fields for name and address etc

http://www.familiengaertner.ch/

No reply, and nothing in the postal mail. Has anyone been successful with this site? I'm in Zürich Stadt area, and the admin at my workplace (who helped me with the second contact, to ensure that I did not make a mistake with understanding the German) told me that Schrebergarten are very difficult to get in the city. Might this account for lack of reply? Having got used to the perfect functioning of the Kreisburo, a no-reply seems most un-Swiss
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I've submitted two online requests for info about getting a Schrebergarten to the site below, one about eight weeks ago and one about four weeks ago. The first request was via a general 'Contact Us' form, and the second was via an application form that had fields for name and address etc

http://www.familiengaertner.ch/

No reply, and nothing in the postal mail. Has anyone been successful with this site? I'm in Zürich Stadt area, and the admin at my workplace (who helped me with the second contact, to ensure that I did not make a mistake with understanding the German) told me that Schrebergarten are very difficult to get in the city. Might this account for lack of reply? Having got used to the perfect functioning of the Kreisburo, a no-reply seems most un-Swiss
Find your local allottment and talk to people rather than just sending an online message or pick up the phone.
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