Great (and CHEAP) Allotment Ideas!

I'm starting to formulate a plan.

I found a handy allotment/garden planner at growveg.com. They have a 30 day, no obligation trial, so I'm going to use this to start planning my lovely allotment.



As it's on a slope, I've decided to put my water butt and compost heap at the top of the slope. I don't fancy carrying water or compost uphill to the top beds!

I'd also like a comfrey patch in front of the composter. This might make it a little more pleasing to the eye, but also will provide me with free compost in the form of comfrey tea!

Eventually I'd like beds for potatoes/tomatoes, legumes, brassicas, and roots/onions. I will rotate these four beds, in that order, year on year to prevent disease.

There will be another bed for squashes and sweetcorn.

I'll also need somewhere to put perennials such as jerusalem artichoke, and asparagus.

I'm also planning on an area for fruit.

But first things first..it's going to take some work. We are going to aim to get four large beds prepared. These will be split for this years crops. On the remaining planned beds we will flip the turf, cover in manure and cover in either thick cardboard (I can probably get this free) or weed prevention fabric (this will cost a fair bit) until we can deal with them.

That's not going to stop me from dreaming, so I've compiled a list of things I would love in my allotment.

A pallet shed

This lady  made a shed out of pallets, an old door and some unwanted windows. If we manage to build a shed it probably won't have a porch. In fact, I'll just be happy if it doesn't leak...


An arch

Again, I may have my head in the clouds, but isn't this arch at Wisley lovely? I'd love a live willow arch, possibly with peas clambering up to welcome people into my allotment.


Thrifty but beautiful plant labels

(click on photos to be directed to their owner's website)





A bean teepee

My little girl would adore sitting under here, reading a book, whilst mummy works on the allotment. This is very achievable and will cost mere pennies!







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