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    Default 10 weeks to design and build a plot

    If you were going to break down the design and building of an allotment (half) plot - what would you include?

    Assuming a mid May start. (Which I know excludes some harvesting of stuff)

    Measure plot.
    Decide layout.
    Dig first bed for spuds - get spuds in.
    build proper compost heap
    plant bean and peas in pots to get them started
    Create pea and bean beds - plant them
    Plant courgette and pumpkins in pots
    Create courgette and pumpkins beds.


    Starting some stuff off in pots sounds like a good idea to get started straight away on that - looking at keeping costs minimal so although buying ready grown plants is an option would prefer to look at what plants people can either donate or could be grown from scratch.

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    I'm assuming you have no weeds then?

    And what about water butts?
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    will the site need any clearing? Do you want to install a greenhouse or a shed?

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    you dont need to build a compost heap, you just need a place to put a heap, save building it for later.
    And you dont need to build beds, just make sure the earth ismostly free of weeds and there's some kind of feed in it or on it.
    And there's no need to dig anything either. Make ahole, drop in a psud, cover with earth from hole.
    I have no idea why you'd want to build anything, or why you think it's necessary? Is it necessary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alldigging View Post
    Starting some stuff off in pots sounds like a good idea to get started straight away on that - looking at keeping costs minimal so although buying ready grown plants is an option would prefer to look at what plants people can either donate or could be grown from scratch.
    Peas, beans, courgettes and pumpkins can all be grown from seed. A packet of seed giving you several plants will probably cost about as much as you would pay for one or two plants.

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    Shove stuff in all over the place and decide layout once you gave gardened it for a year. No way would I ever decide layout first. I do that last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alldigging View Post
    If you were going to break down the design and building of an allotment (half) plot - what would you include?
    I would...

    Decide a basic list of things I want to grow (and that it's not too late for)
    Measure the plot
    Make a provisional plan - I agree about not formalising plans with bed edging etc. straight away, but I can't work without a plan.
    Cover the soil to reduce weeds (I don't dig).
    Plant spuds

    That's it - I start almost everything off in modules anyway (bar carrots, parsnips and spring onions) so I would sow them now. I wouldn't rely on donations (not entirely sure I know anyone who'd donate plants to me), but next year I do need to remember that GYO magazine and others give a lot of free seeds away, so I probably shouldn't buy quite so many myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiya View Post
    Make a provisional plan - I agree about not formalising plans with bed edging etc. straight away, but I can't work without a plan.
    If the plan is to shove things in and leave them - then that's still a plan!


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