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05/02/2012 at 08:26

just got a new allotment. what can i do?

05/02/2012 at 14:29

dig it and cover with clear plastic to warm up the soil, if you have compost or well rotted manure spread this but not where you intend to grow carrotts and parsnips etc.Good luck

05/02/2012 at 14:41

dont sicken yourself by trying to do to much at once,prepare the groung for planting

if you have green house wash down with    diluted jeyes fluid , also little drop in watering can for soil and plants.

05/02/2012 at 15:20

thanks 

LJ
05/02/2012 at 18:26

Me too, cant wait to get started!

06/02/2012 at 21:26

And meeeeeeeee yippee

07/02/2012 at 14:09

When I got my allotmet much of it was overgrown. I cleared one area and then used that to plant for the first year. Then I carried on clearing the rest of the plot. It is such fun.

07/02/2012 at 16:04

Ask your allotment neighbours about what the soil is like - alkaline or acidic or neautral, clay or sandy or stony. any bad perennial weeds like mare's tail .  Then you can work out a strategy to get your soil ready for planting.  Find out about allotment deals on manure and seeds for your site.  Establish where to get water.  

07/02/2012 at 18:55

thanks all

08/02/2012 at 18:02

I took over my allotment at the end of last summer and have almost cleared all of the weeds [until they pop their heads up again at the first bit of sun!] but there are still loads of jobs to do.   The one I have been puting off a bit is making a work plan of  what to do when.   When to sew seeds in the greenhouse [really a shed with lots of windows!], how to calculate how much of any veg to grow and in what order to do it.   Everything really!!  You can see I need a work plan to keep myself focused.  Is there a good web site which puts fruit and veg into categories, ie. legumes etc.   I'm so excited I want to grow it all.   I have an acid soil, well dug, sunny position.

09/02/2012 at 01:16

I just got my allotment one month ago made a start and the the frost came and then the snow.  Frustrating car'nt wait to get started. 

01/04/2012 at 15:53
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<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: #eeeeee; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px;">Dig up as much as you can and any remaining that are not in close proximity to plants you want to keep - put 35ml to 5l of Weedol RootKill Plus.

<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: #eeeeee; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px;">Then - plant snowball turnips - the turnips excrete into the soil a suppressor for the mare's tail.

<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; background-color: #eeeeee; border-width: 0px; padding: 0px;">This year I've had a few mare's tail heads poke thorugh and that's it - more turnips at the ready!!!

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