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    Ooh new plot sounds exciting! I understand your concerns and not wanting to make the new plot get overgrown while you're busy with a new baby (congrats!!)

    I can thoroughly recommend no dig in terms of time spent weeding. I have two plots, and about 50% is now cultivated. If I weed weekly with a hoe, it takes me about an hour to do it all. The non-cultivated areas are not at all managed right now, and I'm getting horse manure and cardboard at the best speed I can. I recommend Charles Dowding on youtube! Good luck and have fun!
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    Congratulations! I was going to suggest baby-wearing... you've got this!

    As for clearing, I've done it mostly either by forking up and pulling out or by bashing down with an old, hoe. When it's a bit shorter I attack it with a cheap push mower, then cover, cover, cover...

    My only note of caution would be to remember to pace yourself and not wear yourself out, especially if sleeping is an issue.
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    Many thanks again for the support and advice. My Very Nice Partner's parents visited and watched the baby (and did some weeding on the abysmal old plot) while he strimmed part of the new one. Cardboard was applied and black plastic is waiting to be relocated.

    I took a couple of mostly unhelpful photos of the plot, both from the top looking to the back.

    In the first photo, you can see a rather unconvincingly supported rotating compost bin under an apple tree and in front of a very dilapidated shed.New baby and new allotment - what was I thinking?-img_20190609_124628906_hdr-2.jpg

    If I then step to the front of the shed, you can see the expanse of weeds that includes brambles, supposedly some raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb and bolted cabbage. At the far end a cherry tree is joined by a few others in shading an area covered in artificial grass by the previous tenant for her children to play on.New baby and new allotment - what was I thinking?-img_20190609_124638356-2.jpg

    We're planning to work on the top half of the plot this year. A good portion in front of the shed has been cleared and the path has been cut back. A suitable name for the patch is under consideration.

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    Looks a damn nice plot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Logunner View Post
    Looks a damn nice plot
    It does seem a very good plot, and I can't even explain how much better it is than my current plot. I think that's why I'm so nervous about not getting it in shape. But I'm feeling encouraged by the strimmer experience and hopeful that our lessons on the shoddy plot will stand us in good stead on the shiny new plot. I'll try to post some updates, provided we actually make some progress

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    Congratulations on your little one and the plot JJ.

    I'll look forward to your updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonahjonah View Post
    Hi all,

    We're going to be moving out from our super shaded mini plot in the corner of the allotment site to a nice sunny plot. We have this year's crops in the old site and will try cultivating half of the new plot until October. Then rents are due and I'll probably either take the whole new plot or pack my fruit bushes and perennials and go home.

    Our first plot had head-high weeds, brambles and lots of intractable ornamentals. We learned to weed thoroughly by hand, plant up when possible and cover when not. It's still a mess but everyone on the site seems to agree it's pita plot, so I don't feel too bad...

    Our new plot had been cultivated until this growing season. It has some couch grass growing on the beds, but nothing that looks worse than that. However, I now have a young baby. Along with all the wonderful baby things that entails, it also means limited time at the plot and no chance to use noisy tools like the strimmer.

    My plan is to try to chop down the grass (with garden shears? Any other easy to use, quiet alternatives?) then cover with compost, cardboard and black plastic. I'll weed by hand again when I get that rare hour of time, then keep covered till I can plant something in the cleared area.

    I would have been thrilled to get this plot last year, but am currently feeling worried about it getting into worse shape. Any thoughts on my plan or advice for making the most of limited time without power tools?

    I'll get some photos when I can. It has a lot going for it. I just need to get my head round taking it on.
    Ah, I see already that you have your priorities right - 6 paragraphs and only one sentence about baby

    You've already gotten a lot of good advice by people with experience in an area I know nothing about.

    But when has that stopped me, so
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    Got about half the usable area on the new plot covered with black plastic. Had a little dig to clear one of the previous beds. Annual weeds came out beautifully with the nice fork left behind by the previous plotholders. Warm sunshine, mostly compliant baby, good strawberry harvest. It was an encouraging day. (Took a photo but it's rubbish. Can't even see the ugly plastic covered in weeds behind the tall brambles.)

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