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    Lesley Jay is offline Early Fruiter
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    Suzy you will need to buy seed potatoes (which are small potatoes) and I plant mine in the middle of April. For runner beans buy seed (which is dried runner beans) and start these off indoors in small pots one per pot at the end of April and plant them out at the end of May. Courgettes seeds need to be planted on their edge one per small pot at the end of April and plant them out at the start of June. Carrot seed is sowed very thinly. Just draw a line in the soil, sow the seed, cover with soil and water. It is a very shallow line (drill). This is from April until the end of June. Beetroot is the same as carrots. With onions buy onion sets ( which are tiny onions) and plant these so that just the tip is showing above ground level at the end of March or the beginning of April.
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    Suzy that was a rushed reply because I keep getting disconnected (new ISP). With courgettes you will only need two plants. A good book is The Vegetable And Herb Expert by Dr.D.G.Hessayon. You can buy it at garden centres and it costs 7.
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    Thanks to you all for all the advice. I feel a bit more confident that I will grow something edible now.

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    Welcome Suzy. I have just embarked on my first allotment so am in exactly the same boat as you. I can recommend both books allready mentioned.

    Wish you all the luck and make sure you come back and tell us how your getting on.

    Thanks to Jaxom for the Mattock advice.. think i'll be purchasing one of those!

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    This indeed is an excellent book and have used it for years. Infact I now own 2 of them!! The new one at home and the old one is in the shed on the allotment to refer to on site. Unfortunately it is covered in mud and the pages resemble cardboard! I only wish there were non-chemical suggestions to pest control. Having read with sheer admiration the contribution Geordie made about composting I wonder if he could be tempted ( with a little help from Bob Flowerdew) to update the info??! Otherwise how about offering the challenge to GYO?

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    Hello Suzy,
    I would certainly follow the advise given in the veg and herb expert. When I had an allotment it was my bible and proved very successful. I have noticed from recent catalogues new varieties of most things so you will find some not listed, if you choose these, good luck.
    One thing I can recommend is DO NOT rotavate your allotment, you will spend all your time weeding.
    Good luck with your first year I hope you enjoy it.

    Cheers

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    Hi Suzy
    I took on a plot 3 or 4 years ago and am still clearing it.
    Your first flush of enthusiasm will make you try and do the lot ... and you end up with a bad back !! (i do anyway:-))
    The best advise i was give is little and oftern like alchohol. If you can get up ther for 1 hr a day 3 or 4 times a week it's amazing how much you can do in a week, other wise you'll do all day one week and won't be able to do anything for ages recovering!

    I've never tried it, but you can plant your spud under black plastic and this will keep the light out and help to kill the weeds and the spud will grow the make a cut in the plastic to let the tops through. If you can put some manure down first, the worms will dig it in for you. I know people who have done this and it sounds easier (maybe to easy?
    I have a well thumbed copy of the garden expert book as well. Good look with the lottie. (take some photo's so you can see what you've acheived, it always lfts the spirits)

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    Thanks for the advice nick. I am just waiting for the weather to improve slightly before I drag the family up to the allotment. Unfortunately I already for the odd twinge in my back. I feel better now someone has said a little is OK to start with, I had this idea that the whole allotment would be looking down on me as my plot was not full.

    Thans to you all for all the advice, I now have the book.

    Suzy

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