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    Kaz210707 is offline Germinator
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    Default New allotment

    My husband and I have just taken over our first allotment, we've always been keen gardeners, veggie plots in the back garden lots of flower beds etc, so thought we'd take the plunge having found out there were some available in the area we've just moved into.

    The plot is 6m x 20m, so very large for starting out and very overgrown. It has been strimmed down so not very tall grass etc which is good.
    But where do we start? Thought maybe putting down something to try and kill the worst of the grass and weeds before we start digging (hubby currently away with work for a while).

    Really not sure where to start but we're trying to get it sorted ready for next spring, not going to rush into it.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I'd start by getting hold of a pile of cardboard - sometimes shops have skips round the back where you can get a load - don't forget to put bricks or stones on it to weigh it down, as you don't want to annoy your new neighbours if it gets windy :-)

    Also digging up a small area with a fork and getting the weeds out will allow you to get some seeds sown - its always a motivator for me if I have something new growing, when it comes to doing donkey work.
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    Hi Kaz,
    I got my allotment just a couple of years ago, and I would definitely recommend covering the parts you’re not ready to dig with something which will exclude the light.
    I used flattened cardboard boxes covered with a layer of black weedresistant membrane, held down with bricks and broken slabs I found on the plot. It took a few months to collect enough card, so the plot got covered in sections - though if you have moved house in the last week or two, then finding cardboard boxes won’t be a problem ;-)
    After that, I gradually dug over bit by bit, and planted up as I finished digging each bed. The bits which had been covered for 6 months were definitely easier to dig than the first patch.

    My other tip is to take photos often - the ‘before’ and ‘now’ comparison is a great way to remind yourself how far you’ve come

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    Is there a way to upload pictures from my phone? The link I found only seemed to upload pictures from a website.

    I definitely think we'll try covering it up to start with as theres a lot of ground to dig. There seems to be some pallets and possibly some kind of edged beds but at the moment they're not visible.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Kaz210707; 04-08-2018 at 04:50 PM.

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    I've posted a link on your other thread !!
    If you keep your allotment posts on one thread it would be easier.
    Make 2019 the Year of Random Seed sowing
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    Kaz210707 is offline Germinator
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    New allotment-img_20180728_092617.jpg

    Here's our allotment.

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    Default Planning an allotment

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if I could get some advice on the best way to plan our allotment.

    It's quite large, gets sun for nearly all the day except for the very top little bit.
    I think hubby will want to go for the digging way as he likes to do manual work.
    But I'm at a bit of a loss as to how best to lay it out, is there an ideal size for beds and paths? We're not allowed sheds but can have low level storage. I've also acquired a compost bin.

    Any other advice gratefully received.

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    There are many different ways of laying out an allotment and no right or wrong way, its what you want that matters.

    I use edged beds others use raised beds some just have one big bed or a combination of all the above.

    Normally you would plan to have the tallest crop at the rear of the plot so it dosent cast a shadow and shade other plants.

    Beds I pick from are no more than 1.5 mtrs wide as I can access all sides, some are bigger for open ground crops....spuds etc.
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