Basic Techniques

The basic compost recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is a basic compost bin… or even simpler a pile in the corner of the garden that’s out of site, and just keep adding the right material to it!
Whatever state your plot may be in, and whatever bed system you may be using, at some stage you will need to do some digging. Ironically even a no-dig system may require some initial digging. Digging will open up compacted soil, aerate it, allow you to remove weeds, and helps to mix in any organic matter you decide to add to enrich the soil. Many allotment books will talk about single digging, double digging, some…
Most allotment plans are grown from seed. This is the most economical (and fun!) way to grow your plants. You can buy your seeds from a reputable dealer, or if you choose you can save your own seed.  Either way you will need fresh viable seeds to succeed and achieve the best results.
Nearly all plants can be sown from seed in their final growing position, however this could limit the length of the growing season, choice of crops, and the volume of crops you can grow on the plot. Many allotment crops can be started in seed trays indoors or under cover – windowsill, greenhouse or coldframe, whatever you use starting off indoors will usually produce a much earlier crop.
Any plant can become a weed. As well as the common problems of thistles, buttercups, and dandelions, volunteer potatoes can be a problem, as can a previous crop of Jerusalem artichokes or salsify. Keeping weeds in check is an essential part of maintaining any garden or allotment. It is a never ending task, but an important one. Not only are they ugly, and make your garden look untended, but they compete directly with your cultivated…

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