Planning Your Allotment

An allotment is tremendous fun – and quite a commitment. Here are a few top tips to help in your planning and make sure it’s a pleasure not a chore.

  • Planning is the key. If you are an experienced gardener you will already know this!
  • Take time to think about the space you have and how much time you can devote to it. Keep this in mind while you are working on your plans.
  • Plot out the area and divide it up. Will you cultivate it all at once? Will you clear half and cover the rest to kill the weeds ready for next season? Have you allocated paths between the beds so you can reach your crops without trampling others? Would some raised beds be a good idea?
  • Think about the logistics. Where are you going to store your tools and equipment? Do you have a shed? Is security adequate? What about seedlings and tender plants – do you need cloches or a greenhouse?
  • Go through the crops you can chose.  You’ll find loads of information in Grow your own fruit & veg in plot, pots & growbags. Try not to be over-ambitious. It is much better to be realistic and get a reasonable crop of a few plants rather than plant more than you have time to care for. Suitability to the soil and aspect is also important.
  • Commit your plan to paper.
  • Clear the ground and add manure or fertiliser appropriate to the soil type.
  • Buy your seeds and plants only when you are ready to plant unless you have plenty of adequate space in which to store them.
  • Mark out the beds with string stretched between sticks.
  • Now for the really exciting bit - it’s time to plant!

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Allotment Growing

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Growveg.com

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