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Author:  Sizzla [ 23 Apr 2019, 20:17 ]
Post subject:  New allotment

I was granted an allotment last week and went to view it on Saturday. I've been on the waiting list over a year so beggars can't be choosers, but...
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It was quite daunting to see such a massive plot, overgrown with weeds and rubbish.
I strimmed about 3/4
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And covered with sheets(ran out). Hoping this will kill all the weeds and next year I can start growing in it.
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The black sheet is weed membrane, I plan to stick some young trees in the ground through it to start with. And some easy veggies too

I've grown veg in pots before but this is my first allotment, can anyone suggest some easy, non fussy veggies? I'm thinking courgettes, tomatoes, will root vegetables be possible or will I need to dig out the weeds to do that?

Author:  john blanchard [ 23 Apr 2019, 20:43 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

Put what you like through the weed membrane if water can get through. Anything. Cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, kale. Tomatoes and aubergine when it's a little warmer.

:Big Thumb:

Author:  Sizzla [ 23 Apr 2019, 20:46 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

Thanks, I'm using the no dig method
https://youtu.be/HATC3rG6NbQ
But don't have 100t of compost to cover the weeds with so I'm using sheets and letting the worms do the work.

Author:  dreamcatcher [ 24 Apr 2019, 01:50 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

Heck, that looks like a lot of work ahead!!!

I applied for a plot on good friday, though hopefully i wont have to wait a year to get one, the wait will annoy me lol

Author:  daryl [ 24 Apr 2019, 16:15 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

I don't have an allotment but I have heard a few people say that when you take one on that needs a lot of work, you should just set yourself a manageable goal and get one section sorted out and grow some easy things while you tackle the next manageable section. Even if you only do a few square metres in your first year, you will have something satisfying to look at.

Author:  Penny Ann [ 24 Apr 2019, 18:08 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

The only other way is to hire a Rotavator from a tool hire place for a day. They usually deliver and collect.

Author:  Red Dog [ 24 Apr 2019, 18:50 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

daryl wrote:
I don't have an allotment but I have heard a few people say that when you take one on that needs a lot of work, you should just set yourself a manageable goal and get one section sorted out and grow some easy things while you tackle the next manageable section. Even if you only do a few square metres in your first year, you will have something satisfying to look at.


Another alternative is build a moveable pen and keep hens. They will clear the ground and you get fresh eggs as well. My local council permit hens to be kept at our allotment but restrict the number to 6 hens per plot.

Author:  Cuchilo [ 24 Apr 2019, 20:15 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

:thum: Now she will never know how many trees you have ::lol:


Is it a 10 rod plot ? mine is and they are big but you soon run out of room .

Author:  Sizzla [ 25 Apr 2019, 06:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

Haha yeah, it already feels like my little sanctuary, so peaceful there and soon I'll be surrounded by trees.

It's at least 10 rods, might be more. It's the biggest plot in the site I'd guess 7m X 16m. Way too big for me.

(Edit: I don't think it's a 10 rod plot after all aren't they 250m squared?)


After the wind yesterday I went to check my sheets, yep, blown all over the place. So I've dug them into a trench so the wind can't get underneath.
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Author:  Loufada [ 26 Apr 2019, 21:26 ]
Post subject:  Re: New allotment

When I started to read this thread, seeing the first photo, I thought to myself « wow that’s going to be blown away at the first gust of wind ». A few posts later and it was!!!
:07hysterical:

Looks like you’re going to be very busy!

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