Guide for new residents
Check your tenancy agreement to see what you can and can’t do.
Do some research about crop rotation, pests and disease, soil, composting. There is a lot of advice online and in books but even better ask other your allotment neighbours, who have plenty of experience to share and it’s a great way to get to know people.
Have reasonable expectations
Do not try to do too much at once, cover the part of your plot you are not using and work gradually.
Be prepared with tools
Try to have the right tools for the job a basic kit would consist of spade, fork, trowel, hand-fork, hoe, watering can and secateurs. You may need shears or a strimmer for the grass path areas.
There are lots of organic methods to control pests and diseases so look into these before you reach for the chemical alternatives.
Choose Veg You Love
Grow what you and your children enjoy eating, perhaps even give your kids a small bed of their own to grow easy crops like radish and spring onions.
Enjoy your plot
Take a moment to sit back and relax on your plot, taking in all that you have achieved so far!