We’re now well into Spring in the northern hemisphere, and many people will be busy planting and tending their gardens. For apartment dwellers, that may mean just a couple of planters squeezed onto a small balcony. Some European cities offer their residents a very nice amenity in the form of allotment gardens. Small plots of land are leased out to citizens at a nominal yearly rent, giving them an opportunity to grow their own fresh food while enjoying outdoor leisure. Many people will spend the weekend at their allotments, taking care of their plants, socializing with other gardeners, and just relaxing.