Posted: 06/03/2013 at 23:11
If you are growing vegetables on the deeper soil you could grow potatoes ( always recommended by the ol' boys for a first crop). Also peas/beans since they fix nitrogen in the soil for next years crop which might be brassicas. Make sure you bury the turf upside down as deep as you can. OK if double digging. otherwise the grass may grow again which will be a pain to eradicate. On the shallow soil can you ridge it to create a bit more depth? Smaller plants might do well such as dwarf french beans, dwarf broad beans, spring onions, garlic, stump rooted carrots,onion sets which I think are shallow rooted. Herbs would be OK, especially as sunny. Spinach would be worth a try. in fact with any new allotment the first year is always a bit of an experiment and you will soon learn what works best for you and what should never be tried again. One last point, shallow soil will need regular watering and mulching might help once plants established. Might you also create raised beds on the shallow area with some soil from elsewhere/compost/imported material. Good digging!