How to plan your allotment

Helpful hints and tips for how to plan your allotment:-

Sowing outdoors

  • Soil should be warm, well drained, moist and free from weeds
  • A good indication as to when the soil is warm enough is to watch the weed seedlings
  • Normally, when weeds germinate and emerge you are ok to clear them off and sow your seeds
  • Rake your soil to a fine, crumbly surface
  • Follow the directions on seed packets

Crop rotation

  • Vegetables should be sown or planted afresh each year
  • Grow them in different places from one year to the next
  • The exception are permanently sited perennials such as artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb
  • Courgettes, squashes, lettuce and spinach can be slotted in anywhere
  • This prevents soil from being exhausted by the same crops depleting nutrients
  • Also reduces the risk that pests and diseases get established
  • Think about a five-year crop rotation plan

 

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