Preparing an allotment

Getting Started With An Allotment

Many people find gardening to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable hobbies they’ve ever taken up, but for a novice it can look like a lot of hard work. Looking after your own allotment is one of the best ways to get a rewarding result after you put in some (hopefully manageable) hard work. There’s nothing like producing your own fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy after all your time and effort pays off. We highly recommend trying it out!

Getting an allotment completely ready could mean a lot of hard work in the early months of the year, so you’ll need somewhere to sit down and take a break! An equipment storage shed, which many sites will offer, is the ideal place to store folding chairs which allow you to pause for a rest when you need to. This is important, since the majority of seeds need to be planted in the spring in order to be at their peak during the summer months.

This ensures they get all the nutrients and natural light they need to fulfil their potential. It’s important to choose a plot that’s positioned in such a way that this all-important sunlight can actually reach your plants. If you choose an allotment in the shade, your produce is likely to struggle even in the summer unless you choose specific plants that don’t mind the shade. Usually an ideal sized spot for an allotment will be around 250 square metres, but sometimes you will be able to get smaller ones to start with. Depending on how up-to-date the site is, you should also have access to running water and other vital facilities.

Once you have selected a good plot for your allotment and you’re happy with the resources available on site, you can get to work. You should make a realistic plan and stick to it, allowing you to go at your own pace. It’s OK if you even spend a full year simply preparing your plot and ensuring it’s clear and fresh for you to plant your produce next year. This allows time to kill weeds effectively, remove obstacles like tree roots, shrubs and rocks which may stop your fruit and vegetables growing properly, and making sure the soil has all the right nutrients with an appropriate pH.


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