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    Default Newbie Saying Hi... And Have I Done The Right Thing!

    Hi everyone

    Just thought I'd pop in and say hi as I became the proud keeper of my first allotment (or should I say two) today.

    Here's a couple of quick iPhone pics of my double plot.

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    I had a choice of two plots (both doubles for the princely sum of £40 per year). An empty plot that had been grown on recently and was freshly dug, but was completely bare and had no shed etc. Or this one which is securely fenced with two large buildings for pigeons and a couple of hen houses too. As you can see, it's all grass at the moment, so I am hoping I have made the right decision. My thinking is that the ground must be pretty good as the grass is nice and thick with nothing in the way of weeds... And I'd rather spend my time digging and preparing soil, than having to build sheds and repair fences.

    The plan will be to hopefully cultivate one half this year, turn the pigeon buildings into a potting shed, store and general outhouse. Then perhaps look at getting some chickens in a year or so? Undecided, but nice to have the option.

    Anyways, I'll leave the intro at that for now. I am a complete novice at this gardening lark so will probably be back with lots of questions once I've cleared the site. The initial jobs are to mark out some decent sized beds, slice off the turf to start a compost heap and then hopefully dig over in time to do some planting... Spuds, carrots, onions, french beans, strawberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, etc.

    Obviously, if anyone has any thoughts or advice I'd be really greatful to hear.
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    Welcome to the vine. Looks like you've got yourself a bargain in that allotment.
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    I think you made the right decision, and your plans sound spot on.

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    Welcome to the vine 68lbs. Nice looking plots. Like you say, slice off the turf, stack it upside down in a corner for future compost. You could always mow one of the plots & rent it to your local 5 a side team...........
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    Hello 68lbs and welcome! Your plots look amazing - probably well fertilised with all those birds too.
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    WOW!

    If you definitely want chooks then if you got them now and penned them in an area they'd clear that grass for you and add some manure too! Then move the pen..

    Worth reading up on lasagne gardening and no dig...

    Taking a plot thats already cultivated means you tend to adopt their layout. You get their abused soil and volunteer potatoes coming up where you don't expected them...

    A lot to be said for a blank canvas.

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    Hello and welcome to the vine 68lbs

    have a read at this older thread for ideas :-

    http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...bed_70191.html

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    Thanks for the welcome guys. Think I might try and pop over to the plot one evening to measure up so that I can draw out some plans.

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    Since I'm such a nosey person, why are you called 68lbs?
    Well, it's not my age and it's not the amount of weight I need to lose either... Though shifting a couple of stone through digging would be a bonus.

    It's my birth year and initials.

    /me is off to read that suggested post now...
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