How To Start An Allotment

How To Start An Allotment

The process of growing your own vegetables may seem daunting at first, but it's actually quite simple. Starting an allotment is not only a great way to save money over the course of the year, but it's also excellent for your health. Allotment gardening can provide you with a lot of support and help grow your skillset in the kitchen.

Many people are apprehensive about starting an allotment because they don't know how to build a raised bed or how to put up netting. Don't worry: these can easily be learned by following some easy steps. After learning about the benefits of allotment gardening, here are some ways to get started.


Reasons To Start An Allotment


The benefits of starting your own allotment are many. By growing your own vegetables, you can save money year-round. You also gain control over what goes into your body and the land on which you grow these vegetables.

Another benefit is that there are fewer environmental risks associated with an allotment. This allows you to produce a self-sustainable garden without worrying about pesticides or other harmful chemicals affecting the environment. Finally, gardening is rewarding for many reasons. It gives you a sense of peace and relaxation, a connection to nature, and it's quite satisfying to see how much food one plant can yield from start to finish.


The Benefits Of An Allotment


Allotment gardening is a popular form of gardening that has benefits for everyone. It can be an expensive venture, but the savings will more than make up for it in the long term. Allotments are perfect for people who want to try something new and learn new skills. The process of growing your own vegetables may seem daunting at first, but it's actually quite simple. Starting an allotment is not only a great way to save money over the course of the year, but it's also excellent for your health.


How To Start Your Own Allotment


Allotment gardening requires a little bit of time and some initial materials. The first step of the process is to find a good spot for your garden. This can be difficult because it needs to be something that's low-maintenance and doesn't take up too much space. You should also make sure that you don't use the area for anything else, as this could interfere with your growing process and make it harder to maintain the garden. 

Once you've found a good location, it's time to start building your allotment! This doesn't have to be complicated: all you need is a flat surface, some soil, seeds, and water. Once you have these things, simply follow the instructions on the seed packet to plant them in your garden bed. After planting, make sure that you water every day or so and keep an eye out for any pests or diseases that may come along with your vegetables.


Considerations For Choosing A Location


Many people are apprehensive about starting an allotment because they don't know how to build a raised bed or how to put up netting. But, that doesn't mean that you can't start an allotment anywhere. You can start your own allotment on a patio, in the garden, or even at a local allotment club site.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing where to start your allotment. Some of the most important factors include:

  1. How much space do you have for your plot?
  2. What is the climate like?
  3. Where does your water come from?
  4. What type of soil is there for planting crops?
  5. Is there access to electricity and any other utilities needed for gardening?
  6. How big will your plot be?
  7. Do you want some privacy from passersby and other residents?


Building A Raised Bed


The first thing you'll want to do is build the raised bed, which can be done with a variety of materials. To build a raised bed, find an area that's at least two feet deep and 10 feet wide. Place three evenly spaced stakes around the perimeter of the area and dig a trench between them about six inches deep. Place your supports on top of the trench and fill it in with rocks or bricks to form walls. Once this is finished, cover the bed with a tarp or weed cloth and fill it with compost. 


Choosing Plants For Your Allotment


Choosing the plants for your allotment is one of the most important parts of the process. There are many ways to choose your plants, but you should start with a plan. You may find yourself tempted to plant every type of vegetable that you like, but this can be overwhelming. With a plan in mind, you can choose which vegetables will grow best and which ones will be easy to harvest.

If you're planning on starting an allotment as a hobby or as part of a community project, it's helpful to find out what other people are growing in their garden so that everyone has something healthy and tasty to look forward to during harvest time. However, if you're unsure what types of vegetables and flowers will grow well in your region, there are plenty of online resources to help you with garden ideas and inspiration


Tips For Starting Your First Ever Grow From Seed


Whether you're starting from scratch or moving to your first ever grow from seed, there are some tips for the beginning gardener. First, find out what vegetables you'll want to grow and organize them into groups. For example, herbs should be grouped together because they have similar growing requirements. This is a good place to start your list of plants that you want to grow in your garden.

Next, get yourself some gardening tools; these might include a trowel and hoe, as well as any other tools that will help you plant seeds or tend to the garden later on in the process, such as extra pots to give seedlings more space. You may also need gloves or other protective gear such as a hat while working in the garden.

Now, fill your raised bed with soil that is at least 6 inches deep so that germination is successful and plants have a better chance of thriving when they are planted in the ground. When filling your bed, use organic composting materials such as leaves and grass clippings instead of dirt when possible, as this will ensure better drainage for your plants.


Putting Up Netting


Netting is a necessary component of an allotment garden. Netting can be bought at just about any gardening store and is easy to put up for your first time. The most important thing about netting, however, is that it should be taut. This means that the mesh in the net should not extend more than two inches past the edge of your raised bed. If you don't have any experience with putting up netting, buy some pre-cut netting and then use string to attach it to the edges of your raised bed.


Building Your Own Fruit Cage


If you're new to allotment gardening, building your own fruit cage may seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite simple, and you can find more on how to get started here. Once your cage is built, you can use it to protect your fruit trees and vegetables from pests and damage.


Common FAQs


What Is An Allotment?


An allotment is a plot of land that you can grow vegetables on. The soil in an allotment is usually deep and rich, which makes it perfect for growing vegetables and herbs. Allotments typically have a few different rows of beds with space for you to plant your own seeds. If you want to grow fruits, then the plants will need more space.


What Do You Need For An Allotment?


To start an allotment, you'll need a planter box. You can choose to make your own with either wood or metal and then put it on top of a raised bed. If you don't have a planter box, you can purchase one from our website. You also need planting materials like compost and peat moss, which can be found at your local garden centre.


How Do I Get Started?


To begin the process of starting an allotment, you need to figure out how much space you'll need. You can start with as little as one square foot per person, or you can go big and plant an entire bed. There are different types of vegetables you could plant in your allotment, but bell peppers and tomatoes provide a nice base to build from. Additionally, there is no rule that says that you have to grow your own food; you could also grow flowers or herbs.

To help keep pests away from your plants while they're growing, consider adding some netting around each bed after planting has started. This will allow air circulation while keeping pesky critters out of reach. You can find all the supplies you need to get started on your netting on our website, with plenty of options to suit every need, from deer netting and rabbit tree guards to butterfly and insect netting.


Start An Allotment & Get Growing!


In summary, starting an allotment to grow fruit and vegetables is a good idea for homeowners looking to save money on their grocery bills and eat healthier.

It is also a fantastic way to get your children interested in gardening, seeing as kids have already been proven to be more inclined towards healthy food if they have a hand in growing it.

Check out our blog for other useful gardening and allotment articles and resources like this vegetable planting monthly calendar.