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Over the past 2 years, I have been growing vegetables in my garden at home whilst waiting for an allotment, I have now been contacted my the council that a plot will be available in February. The problem I have is that I won't have time to clear the plot and get the plot ready myself as I have a 7 months old baby, at the same time. If I decide not to take the plot, I will go back to the back of the waiting list and it took me two years to get to the top now.

My intention is to have a 'no dig plot' as I have at home. Is it worthwhile to pay someone to prepare the plot and get it ready as per my specification? 

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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    edited December 2018
    If as you say your going for no dig then I would suggest you get some ground cover fabric to cover the plot then just work / build up an area at a time gradually bring it into production no need to go at it like a bull in a china shop just take your time do as much as you can manage with the time you have.

    And good luck  :)

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 5,004
    Agreed just do a bit at a time and cover what you can't tackle straight away. It's a marathon not a sprint.
    AB Still learning

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,633
    I agree with the above: you don't have to cultivate the whole plot in one go. 
    Most importantly, when you've had enough, stop and go home/ shopping / to the pub, whatever.
    Never let it become a chore. enjoy.
    Devon.
  • seyfadesseyfades Posts: 146
    Thank you very much everyone, your advice has given me some assurance. The reason why I was hoping to get the whole plot ready is because it’s cheaper to buy the manure needed for no dig in bulk rather than bags.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    @seyfades Nothing stopping you buying the manure in bulk still just get it dumped in a pile and use it as you need it, that's what I do. Had four ton's deliverer to my new allotment and have been using it as and when.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • seyfadesseyfades Posts: 146
    Thank you Hampshire_Hog, may I ask where you buy it from?
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    I buy mine in bulk from a local stables / riding school  they have about 20 horses stabled there so plenty's of the stuff.

    I also pick up the odd bag from other stables around we are lucky about here all the ground seems suitable for is keeping horses, also means it's nice and organic as the fields don't get treated with weed killers or fertilisers 

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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