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    StrawberryNinja is offline Germinator
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    Question I donít know where to start!

    Hi everyone.
    So we have taken on an allotment, we are really excited but we havenít got a clue where to start.
    I know absolutely nothing about gardening but really keen to learn. I donít even know how to identify weeds from plants

    Any ideas at all? My partner has just bought a rotovator and I think heís planning on turning up the whole thing - is this advised?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


    I have no idea how to upload photos so Iíve just made an instagram just to upload these!


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    Hi and welcome
    Looks like a good plot apart from the superficial weeds. Sheds, mini greenhouse, raised bed, fruit tree and possibly blackcurrant bushes. Lots of calendula and overall, it looks like its been well-loved.
    I wouldn't rotovate it until you know what's there. Chances are there'll be rhubarb and some herbs. After that, I still wouldn't rotovate it as you'll chop up the weed roots/ couch grass and it will spread even more.
    Cut off the seed heads first and get rid of them (not in the compost).
    Then pull up or dig out the worst of the weeds and see what you have left.
    More photos will help us identify what you have, whether its good. bad or ugly!
    Have fun.
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    Probably simplest to ask one of the other allotment holders if they know if there are any existing plants like rhubarb which might be best left undisturbed.

    If your other half is itching to get going with the rotovator then I'd suggest beginning with the raised bed - not v likely that any treasures are lingering there and its best to strike while the iron is hot.

    Raising plants from seeds is the basic way to start gardening - its satisfying and cheap - there are a lot of threads on here about what to sow when, planting out etc - so they might provide food for thought in the dark evenings to come :-)

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    I never knew we had a fruit tree at all, nor anything else you mentioned! This is news to us! is the fruit tree the bare one near the pond? Any idea what type this is or is that impossible to tell?

    We will rescue the canendula and anything else we can see.

    We are hoping to be there all day tomorrow and we will de-weed the life out of it, so i will take some photos and hopefully you can help us. Thank you!

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    Nickdub - I will try to ask somebody but we have been given a plot out of the way. There are lots on the other side but ours is set to the side and itís private enough so we canít see anybody unfortunately (or maybe fortunately? I canít decide).

    I think Iíll have to let him rotovate something bless him, heís just bought a new one and is very excited about it lol. I might rescue the canendula and whatever else from the raised bed and let him have at it

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    Yes, looks like a fruit tree near the pond with ?blackcurrants beside it. Rub the leaves of those little bushes - if they smell of blackcurrants, that's what they are!
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    Iíll give them a sniff tomorrow! Thank you
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    well this is the proof that there is no right way and no wrong way when it comes to gardening. IMHO, raising plants from seed is not the way to go for an absolute beginner. Supermarkets and Garden Centres sell flower and vegetable plants in the spring and summer so if you concentrate on getting the plot dug over, you will be ready to buy and then plant then.

    Don't be tempted to haphazerdly clear bits of the plot. Mark out where you intend to have your vegetable beds and then clear these areas one at a time. Dig roughly and when the frost comes it will break down any clods for you. Take photos and look back over them from time to time as you make progress. You will find that encouraging.

    Finally, don't try to clear it all at once. Little and often gets the job done without sickening you.
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