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    Plot8B is offline Germinator
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    Default Taking on allotment while pregnant with newborn

    I signed up for an allotment in my local area last year thinking it would take about 5 years to get a plot. I have just been emailed by my council offering me one. Its not a large plot but not a small one either.

    I'm pregnant and will be about 7 months when I would take it over and I have a two year old, she'll be closer to 3 by then. I'm thinking it's going to be too much for me to manage while pregnant and then with two kids but it's actually a good plot in a nice allotment site and although it hasn't been well maintained I can arrange for the council to strim it back. I'll have varying degrees of help from my husband.

    I have a tiny space, I mean space, in my garden that I have successfully maintained as well as growing other bits in containers but I have such a small garden, it would be nice to have the space back for the lawn for some more play space.

    I was thinking if I did take it on I could just try my best and just dig it back over my maternity leave and plant some very easy to manage vegetables and fruits. My daughter loves gardening with me and I'd love to give over a corner to her and her soon to be sibling for outdoor play while I manage the plot.

    My worry is, if I give it up I could be waiting a long time before the next plot becomes available.

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    Cover most of it with card. And just plant up a small section a little at a time.
    Adding in fruit bushes / permanent etc would mean you aren't digging loads of beds.
    When my kids were little I spent loads of time outdoors so I actually was able to do quite a lot on my garden ( I have a huge plot at home)
    But don't underestimate a plot. They really do suck your time. Just picking stuff takes ages for me.

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    I'm no expert(being a bloke) but digging doesn't sound like the sort of job you should be doing. Key thing is not to try and do too much, little and often. This might help
    https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...ent_96823.html
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    Could you get put back a bit on the list,seven months pregnant,I had to stop going to the gym before that because certain movements,you donít want to strain yourself,the council would understand?
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    On the other hand you could take it on,but take it easy until after babyís born,would you be able to not do anything for a couple of months,just cover with cardboard,light cardboard,can you get help when you first go there. When is the due date (you donít have to say on here,just in your head) because thereís not much to do out there in the next few months you could manage it. After babyís born you can plant a big patch of potatoes,squash,sweetcorn,beans etc sow a lettuce patch direct doesnít take long,a lot of plants donít need much care except water during summer,have you got water on the site?
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    First I’ll say hello and welcome to the vine
    You’ve had some good advice especially about covering the area with card that’s what I’d do then plant through the card to help keep down the weeds, that way the plot won’t look overgrown and neglected.
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    I will get in before someone else you could always look at no dig
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    One other idea is to ask what the ‘turnover’ is like on plots at that site. Ours is quite a big site, so half a dozen plots become free most years - if that’s the case, you could easily ask your ‘signing up for allotment date’ to be deferred for a year or two

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