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Got an allotment this yr and am thinking of putting some raised beds. Looking around at my fellow gardeners there doesn't seem to be many raised beds. Or shall I just divide the plot into sections so I'll know what to grow and where? I'm still learning how to grow my veggies. Advice needed. Thanks.


  • Thank you so much Verdun your advice much appreciated and will be taken on board.

    Did make a fair amounts of mistakes this yr due to my keenness and I guess impatience to get the seeds in. So although some of the crops did well I'm pretty sure it was due to luck and not knowledge. 

  • Lots to be said for raised beds especially for new starters.If prepared properly ie dug over to loosen ground beneath and properly weeded (perennial weeds are a bugger to shift once you've got your goodies planted) they are a god send. get plenty of well rotted manure in and good compost and topsoil and you will be laughing. No digging over every year, ready for planting earlier as they heat up quicker and easily defined areas to manage. When you start out and have one large area it can be daunting and very easy to lose confidence whereas when its split up you can see your successes and tend to persevere as its impossible to get everything right straightaway.I would certainly go with raised beds.Good luck!

  • The plot was in a bit of a state so have had to do loads of digging and managed to get lots of horse manure on it. At the moment I've got those anti-weeds sheets on where the veggies will go in. I like the idea of no digging and actually I think it makes sense however I really enjoy digging -its the 'feel good factor'.

    Steve I agree its very daunting staring at a piece of land not knowing what to do and when to grow! I'm going to divide it up, managed to get lots of planks from builders so just waiting to put my plan in action,

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 29,178

    My advice with a new allotment ( and they're always in a state when you take over, tee hee ) do a little at a time. When you've had enough, stop. Don't let it become a chore. Even if you cover half and work on one half this season, it's a start. The other piece of advice I'd give to a new allotmenteer : talk to you neighbours. They'll have probably gone through what you're going through now and will have a good idea what does well, and what's not worth the bother. It's also a great way to make new friend and become part of the family there.


  • Thanks Hosatfan1

    My fellow allotmenteers are great-they can open their garden gate go straight into the plot which means they've been at it for centuries. Actually they have been really helpful and encouraging and yes its a family.Gardening will never be a chore-after a stressful day its very therapeutic and keeps me sane! My plot is a safe haven-no phone away from it all. 

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