So you’re thinking about starting an allotment, don’t know where to begin? It can be a daunting task but don’t worry we’re here to help! Here’s a few quick tips on how to get started.
Tips for choosing an allotment
Your allotment should:
- Be close to home
- Near a water source
- Surrounded by developed plots to reduce weed problems
You’ve been lucky enough to get a plot, where do you start?
The first thing to do, before even thinking of digging anything up, is to make a realistic plan of what you want to grow and what you want to achieve within a year or two. Make a crop rotation plan to get the best out of your plot. Done that already? Let’s get to it then!
Clearing the plot
This can be tiresome and hard work, but your allotment plot needs to be clear of unwanted materials, debris and weeds.
Trees and shrubs need to be dug out if possible. If not, cut them down to ground level and treat them with weed killer which will eliminate them over time.
Working your plot
Once weeds have been cleared, you can start to break up the soil. Add organic matter by digging , or while building raised beds.
Test the soil pH levels and whether or not the soil is lacking in any nutrients.
Kit out your plot with a secure weatherproof shed, to store your tools, wheelbarrow and materials and don’t forget a compost bin.
What to grow
Check out this list of vegetables that grow well together.
Vegetables that are easy to grow include: potatoes, climbing French runner beans, onions, courgettes, cucumbers, carrots, raspberries.
Make sure that what you grow are the things you and your family like to eat. Otherwise it’ll end up going to waste, or you will find yourself giving it away.
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