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Looks like you've made a good start too.
I got a new allotment at the beginning of February. Been down each weekend. It's surprising what can be done in a few hours.
Kate..........I'm sure you will get loads of pleasure from your allotment. Even tho I've been gardening for 30 years or more, I too just started on my new allotment this week.
The more growing space, the better
I would be careful using a rotovator if the patch is covered in perrenial weeds, it will just chop up the roots into multiple bits and you will have more weeds than when you started.
Just do a small patch at a time and try and get out as much weed as you can, if its perrenial weed, either burn it or bag it and take it to the waste recycle centre.
I agree with scroggin.
Someone else was asking the same q the other day. We agreed that the best thing to do was tackle a small area at a time, remove all perennial weeds by hand and hoe, hoe, hoe. Then plant spuds. Cover the rest with old carpet/thick cardboard/thick black polythene till you're ready to give it similar treatment.
So - how's it going Kate?
Hello Kate, I read your blog with interest as I have taken on a partly established allotment whilst neighbours are abroad.
It's been going for a year with reasonably worked soil so peas, beans potatoes, sweet corn grow well. Soft fruit, green house and a shed. All completely new to me - love it!
I have a free hand with an extended half plot which I'm clearing at the moment, it's on clay with thin top soil. Hard work especially with this wet weather again. As it's in a good open part thereof plan is to get marrows going. Needless to say I'm reading every blog and advice from all threads.