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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_Riga View Post
    It looks good. Lack of running water is only real drawback but you could ask previous owner how he managed, what grows well and any problems he had.
    Also, if your friend limits what you can grow at hers to some extent, you are likely better off with a patch of your own that you control completely.
    There are lots of things I want to ask - its a bit frustrating to have to wait until 2nd January!

    My friend's veg plot is part of her garden and is about 3m x 3m, on which she wants to grow veg. It wouldn't be fair of me to start filling it up with permanent rhubarb, currant and gooseberry bushes, particularly as she doesn't like eating these!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chestnut View Post
    I found a lot of the stuff on our allotment didn’t really need watering at all once they were established (other than stuff in the greenhouse).
    If we get a really dry spell, I guess you could put a few full watering cans in a wheelbarrow and take tehm up to the plot ;-)
    I have some 10l water carriers which would go in the car, and are not too heavy for me to lift. If I'm finding I have real problems I can always get myself one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitchman-40...P688KW4BRCQ8EB

    I'm hoping that as this area is generally fairly damp, the plot is reasonably shady and I intend to mulch everything, watering won't be too bad. On the downside, the leylandii trees might suck up a lot of the water - I'll have to experiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    Here's a question:
    When I got my allotment the shed came with various items inside such as small tuppaware containers to use as pots.
    Any freebies in yours?
    Jimmy
    One of the things I can't wait to find out is what is lying about in the areas that I can't see from the road, including in the shed

    There is something black in the right hand corner, which the spare pieces of white piping are leaning on, and I don't know what it is!
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    Penellype, it looks fantastic! The water is maybe an issue. Is there a standpipe anywhere on the site? Are you able to collect water off the shed roof?

    I'm sure you'll be able to find plenty of things to plant. Stuff that takes up a surprising amount of room - onions, garlic and root veg - would be good.

    Cucurbits take up a huge amount of room too. So now you'll have lots of space to experiment in.

    Hope you have lots of fun. Your friend might want to take over her patch at some point, though it's quite a nice arrangement for her and for you at the moment.

    Best of luck and a very happy 2018.
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    Walked past the allotment again today and tried to measure the width of it by counting my steps, which I reckon are probably around 2ft. There were 15 steps from hedge to wire fence which ties in nicely with my earlier rough estimate of 30ft.

    The black item in the corner looks like an old shed or tool store which is open on the east side. There are some bits of stuff inside which could be stakes or canes.

    Crops that I can see growing in nearby allotments are mostly cabbages, kale etc and leeks. I've definitely seen runner beans there in the summer.
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    I have sandy soil and get good crops from potatoes, carrots, courgettes, beans and peas without too much effort. The biggest problem is getting the seedlings (carrots, parsnips and cabbages) established if there are dry periods.

    will be much easier now that I'm living down here.
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    I got 3 x Big Black Dust Bins and Lids from freecycle and harvest the water from my greenhouse. Also some polycarbonate that I'll build a bright covered area with - lean too - so will wet water off that too.

    Thinking of putting blackberry bushes next to them so that any overflow can keep them well watered in the summer. Suspect any fruit bush / plant will benefit.
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