Terry’s Top Tips!
Watch Gardeners’ World – Monty Don is very good.
Remember that Monty has a behind-the-scenes army of helpers to make the job look easy. It is not.
Allotment gardening is hard work. Be prepared to have to work at least 10 hours a week on a medium-sized plot during peak months, if you wish to make a success of what you’re doing.
Thoroughly prepare your soil and remove all residual weeds and stones.
Plan your planting carefully in advance and make an annual plan.
Work to a three-year rotation i.e. Year1 – Roots. Year 2 – Brassicas. Year 3 – Legumes and others. Year 4 – As for year 1. This will allow your soil to become enriched by the various elements in the plants you grow and make it more difficult for plant diseases to establish. This system has worked for farmers for many centuries so it will work for you.
If starting mid-season (May, June and July) do not attempt to clear and cultivate the whole plot. Plant something appropriate for autumn harvesting in one or two beds before you continue to clear the rest of your plot. This will provide a welcome distraction from the hard graft of all the hard digging you may have to undertake at the start.
Just because it is June or July doesn’t mean the season is over – far from it.
Involve all your friends and relatives.
Seek advice from experienced neighbours – they will be only too pleased to help you with advice.
Read gardening books and articles,
Best book: ‘The Vegetable and Herb Expert’ by Dr D.G. Hessayon. Try Amazon UK, there are many offers of the publication to be had at a nominal price.
Finally enjoy what you do, don’t get stressed because you haven’t done something – it will wait until tomorrow and will get done eventually. If not, sod it! (Terry’s words!)
As you can see, very organised, neat and tidy. This guy knows what he’s doing, and I have the pleasure of calling him my friend.