Taking on your own allotment for the first time and feeling a little overwhelmed? We're here to help with our top tips!
Are you taking on your own allotment? Firstly, congratulations! Owning an allotment is a fantastic opportunity and hobby and we’re sure you won’t regret it. Among the excitement of owning your first allotment, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed and wondering where on earth to begin. It can feel a bit scary at first but just like everything else it just takes time and you’ll soon be into the swing of it.
To help you along the way, we’ve rounded up our top tips for creating your own allotment. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? We hope so! Let’s jump right in…
1. Invest in good tools
2. Plan your layout
This tip is not the most exciting aspect of owning an allotment but it is an important one, and that’s planning your layout. Consider how you can best make use of your space and plan the various different sections you want to have. Our top tip? Sketch it out so you can better visualise what you want to achieve and have a plan of action in place.
3. Have a big clearout
4. Start making spaces
5. Consider creating a shelter
6. Start with easy veg
When you first take over an allotment, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself but start with growing easy, hardy vegetables. Our top tip? Try not to go too crazy and grow a load of different vegetables, as not only will they all take up valuable space but you’ll need a lot of time meeting all of their individual needs. Instead, be selective with what you grow and choose a small handful of vegetables. This will save you time but also allow you the space to grow decent quantities of each. Potatoes, broad beans, courgettes and garlic are great for newbies and it won’t be long until you’re enjoying the fruits of your labour.
7. Consider seasonality
8. Plan your harvest
9. Get to know your neighbours
A big part of owning an allotment is the community it comes with so don’t be shy, get to know your neighbours! You’ll likely share common interests with your fellow allotmenteers, so strike up a conversation, offer them a cup of tea and get involved. They may also be able to offer you help and advice as a new starter and perhaps offer you some of their cuttings too. There’s also a big allotment community on Instagram so if you spend a lot of time on social it might be worth connecting with allotment accounts that you can pick up tips and tricks from.