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    Hi Kaz - I've taken the liberty to merge a couple of your threads together as they were essentially the same question and it makes it easier for everyone to only have the one thread so we know where we've answered.

    What happened with the previous allotment in 2016?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    Hi Kaz - I've taken the liberty to merge a couple of your threads together as they were essentially the same question and it makes it easier for everyone to only have the one thread so we know where we've answered.

    What happened with the previous allotment in 2016?
    https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...ml#post1425586

    We had one season with it and then had to hand it back as my husband was sent away for work for 2 years and now we've moved again (for his work).

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    I'd advise that you try to temporarily cover as much of the plot as you can with something that will block light - tarps, black plastic, cardboard, etc. That way when you're working on one bit this covering is going to help weaken any weeds under it to make your life easier.

    When you work on digging it forget about everything else and give yourself a manageable area to dig. Don't think I have to dig the entire plot, just think "today I'm going to dig this 4 foot by 4 foot patch and take the weeds out" that'll help keep you on track and you can relate to what you've achieved rather than what is left to do.

    Once you've cleared an area you can plant straight into it so you get a crop this year. You can buy some flats from garden centres etc and transplant them (this year I wouldn't really be too bothered with crop rotation as you have no idea where things were last planted). You can probably get lettuces, leeks beets and some other stuff. It's not too late to sow seed - have a browse round the forum as there's an active thread about this now. You could sow some seeds in modules now and by the time they are ready to go into the ground you can have the space cleared for them - quicker than waiting to sow direct.

    You can decide on whether you're going to go dig or no dig. Either way you may want to dig it the first year to get out the roots of perennial weeds. For no dig after that you just keep laying down mulches of compost and plant into that.

    Something else to think of is if you are going to go "big bed" or permanent path "raised bed".

    With Big Bed you tend to only have the main paths as permanent features, lets say one running down the length and one across the width both in the centre of the plot. This way you have 4 big beds and you then plant out rows of different veg within these beds. 4 beds allows for a reasonable crop rotation plan.

    Raised beds tend to be smaller permanent beds with fixed permanent paths around them. They are wide enough to be able to reach into the middle from either side (3' - 4' is a good size) and as long as you want (but remember the longer they are the further you have to walk to get to the other side).

    They are raised when you dig them and apply compost, plus as they aren't being walked on they don't get compressed, unlike the paths. You don't need to put wood edges around the sides but you can if you want.

    There's a lot of people that are passionate about one way or the other, but in the end it's down to what works for you. You could always try a big bed area and switch to raised beds if it doesn't work for you.
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    1. how is your 20ft x 65 plot oriented it the long end north to south or east to west.
    2. what vegetables do you like to eat.
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    1. how is your 20ft x 65 plot oriented it the long end north to south or east to west.
    2. what vegetables do you like to eat.

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