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    It's grass at the moment - so needs considerable work (Maybe too much work even for a team of people?)

    It's a possible project for a group of young people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taff View Post
    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?
    I don't know!
    Building the compost heap would be if they had time (and we got plenty of free wood available)... same with building edged beds rather than just cutting beds out of the ground.

    All just trying to think of things that make it look like an allotment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    I'm assuming you have no weeds then?

    And what about water butts?
    It's grass at the moment. So perjaps needs weedkilling now with something strong ...?

    Just putting some thoughts down - and keen to hear everyone's thoughts.

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    Mark out the beds you want, and take the turf off the beds. Stack in a spare area and it will rot down into lovely loam which can be returned to the beds at a later date. The grass between the beds can be left as paths. I wouldn't advise using weedkiller.

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    Is there a group of you working on this plot, or just you? You're making it sound like some sort of a challenge - like those TV programmes where they have a week to transform a garden.
    Obviously, a group can achieve far more in a given time than an individual and I expect most of these replies are tailored towards an individual's capabilities. You may need to provide more information!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alldigging View Post
    It's grass at the moment. So perjaps needs weedkilling now with something strong ...?

    Just putting some thoughts down - and keen to hear everyone's thoughts.
    Or just cover with cardboard, and plant through. The lack of light will kill off all the grass by next year. Or do a lazy potato bed. Works as well with most other crops apart from carrots and parsnips. Growing vegetables on Leeds allotments - Lazy Beds
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    I use the no dig philosophy, but like you I inherited a double plot full of couch grass and thistles. I dug it the first year, removed as many of the weeds, especially the couch grass roots which I found were in the top spit, covered the planting area with manure and planted through it. (I've never felt the need to dig it again)

    A group of yungun's, or owlden's for that matter (3 people) should be able to rattle off a half plot in less than a day and pile all the weeds into a heap in the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Is there a group of you working on this plot, or just you? You're making it sound like some sort of a challenge - like those TV programmes where they have a week to transform a garden.
    Obviously, a group can achieve far more in a given time than an individual and I expect most of these replies are tailored towards an individual's capabilities. You may need to provide more information!!
    I could be barking up the wrong tree here, and this could be a completely unrelated project, but I happen to know someone from Chadderton in Oldham who has recently won a long battle with the authorities to have an unused area of land turned into a 'community garden' type allotment. The emphasis, apparently, being on getting the community involved in growing veg.
    Tried and Tested...but the results are inconclusive

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