Posted: 04/10/2017 at 11:30
I think an allotment, especially if it is to be organic, is a long term commitment as you strive to get the soil and conditions and fertility and crop rotations right for things too grow well.
However, in a year you can still achieve quite a lot and get some returns. Beg, borrow, hire or buy a strimmer to cut down all the long grass and weeds but be careful to leave anything perennial and good such as fruit bushes, strawberries, asparagus, artichokes.
Then put down a layer of cardboard on the rest and pile on well-rotted compost and/or manure or bought in mushroom compost or council tip compost as you can. Make it a few inches deep. The cardboard will keep the light off weed seeds and roots below and will also break down naturally without pollution. This method will save you lots of digging and allow you to plant quickly. Watch last week's episode of Beechgrove Garden on-i-Player but be quick before it's replaced. It has a slot on no-dig veg plots and how they crop better.
Then you can plant Japanese onions to grow over winter and produce a crop next July, winter brassicas such as kale, purple sprouting broccoli, spring greens and maybe even some sprouts if you like them. Leeks can go in now and also garlic.