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Another new allotment!


 
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sirpsycho
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Another new allotment! Reply with quote

Hi all,

The allotment is approx. 6m x 20m (19ft x 65ft). I've had a peek at what others have done and I spotted a nice simple design that I'm planning on using. It's not exactly raised beds, but the plots are dug as raised beds but without the wooden boards. I've done a quick plan up and it's very rough and VERY subject to change. I don't want to spend too much time on this, because I've a feeling it will change drastically as the season goes on. But I figured i needed a template to work off to get me started. Hopefully I'll get some potatoes and peas and fruit bushes(or at least one of these) down in the ground over this weekend. Please see the attached file to see what I'm planning. Suggestions and comments are very very welcome!

Right click on the image and select view. Helps reading the text on the image.



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearing a New Allotment -
How to Clear a New Allotment
http://www.allotment.org.uk/articles/Clearing_a_New_Allotment.php
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link but it's been rotivated already and it's nice and clear...for the moment!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been reading that sweetcorn is best planted in square blocks to facilitate pollination. Apart from growing a couple of plants years ago, i've no idea how many I should plant now. Can anyone recommend how many plants I should aim for and the size of the plot? i dont wanna feed the whole town, just ourselves (4 of us!) Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this potentially one page lookup table. Not sure if it's accurate, maybe some of you can comment?

http://www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/vegetable-planner-153980.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the table is fairly accurate but the yield may be a bit on the optimistic side especially if we get a bad summer.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks sirpsycho! A very useful addition to the notice board in the workshop. Recently picked up similar (but glossy) freebies in B&Q and Woodies, but this one is a good bit more comprehensive.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No bother OffalyGoodLife.

ps. Really enjoying reading your blog Smile

pps. My 1st weekend at my new allotment coming up! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First batch of early spuds gone in on 11th April.


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