Introducing Plot 150B

Introducing Plot 150B – My New Allotment Plot

A year after giving up my plot to grow in the garden, I have taken on an allotment again!

Plot 150B is overgrown, weedy, and is going to take some hard graft to turn it around, but I’m over the moon. I never knew I could get so excited about a big block of weeds.

I was shown to my new plot on Saturday morning by Den, the plot secretary. He was telling me that he’d now cleared the waiting list, and this made me realise how lucky I am to have available plots nearby. I only asked to be put on the list a month ago and already I’ve been assigned one.

Hopefully Not as Big a Job as It Looks…
The plot is a 5 rod, half-size job and covered in thigh-high weeds as far as the eye can see. On the bright side, they appear to be mostly ‘soft’ weeds which can be pulled out of the ground easily. There are very few tap roots so thankfully I won’t be playing (and losing) tug of war with deep-seated weeds.

Hopefully, a couple of weekends of clearance and I’ll be able to see the soil underneath the weeds. Den tells me that the previous occupant did dig over and begin to cultivate this season, and there is a runner bean wigwam and some PSB hidden away.

First Year Free!
I was very fond of my old allotment, and quite spoilt too. Access was great (I could drive my car right up next to it), the neighbours were very friendly and I was located near the entrance. This one’s not so well positioned and getting a manure delivery nearby is going to be tricky, but its bang in the middle of the allotments and gets plenty of sun.

What’s more, as part of a new initiative by the allotment committee the plot is free for a year due to the condition. I really can’t grumble at that.

Trampling through the weeds, I don’t think there are any paths or marked beds and at the moment I’m not sure whether I’ll keep things that way or not. Guess I’ll know more once I’ve cleared the mess.

What I did find was 30 odd feet of scaffold boards, which now means I have enough timber for my garden raised beds.

Great to Be Back
After twenty minutes or so of poking around, I walked away with a big smile on my face. I can’t wait to get back to the allotments. Having veg in my garden is so convenient and wandering out the back door to tinker is wonderful, but I have missed the allotment. I’ve missed comparing crops, the camaraderie, and that buzz as you walk through the gate.

A Cunning New Garden / Allotment Plan…
So, I have a cunning new plan that promises the best of both worlds and involves having half my crops in the garden, and the other half at the plot. I’ll expand on this in future posts, but in essence, the idea is to grow crops that require extra care, and those that which have to be harvested regularly, in the garden. The plot will be reserved for the low maintenance fruit and veg which don’t need me to check and water them several times a week.

After a year away, it’s a very contented feeling to be back at the allotments. I can’t wait to get started again.

11 thoughts on “Introducing Plot 150B – My New Allotment Plot”

  1. So much space — weeds or not, I don’t know that I could resist having an allotment even if I had a home garden. As best as I can tell, that’s 20 x 75 feet or so? Room enough for a good compost pile/bin, right? That’s where all of the weeds need to go.


    1. Hey Alan – not sure of the exact dimensons, but I’m told its about 115 square metres.

      The previous owner has left some big plastic boards which I reckon are for a compost heap. I’ve never composted weeds though, bit nervous about it?

  2. When the weeds look healthy its a good sign 🙂

    When I took on my half plot back in May it was completely overgrown with extremely healthy looking grass, it was sheltered by trees nearby and a sun trap. I had a choice between that one or a full plot with more shade and much more established weeds. I took on the suntrap instead. But my goodness the work to get all that grass out – it was tough. Also as my plot is a work plot I can only visit during my lunch hour which didn’t leave alot of time to do this back breaking work. I wanted it cleared and planted up before my wedding and planted my pumpkins in July and we’ve had such a good crop of pumpkins all that work was definitely worth it.

    Enjoy clearing your plot. Will you grow any green manure over winter or wait til next spring to plant up and sow?

    1. I thought that about the weeds Claire. 🙂

      I reckon I’ll concentrate on clearing completely. By the time I’ve done that I’ll probably be too late for green manures anyway.

      I want to try and get enough space clear to plant some fruit bushes and onions, and manure the rest until spring.

  3. Nice one Jono,
    I think it’s allowed to have raised beds in your garden now you have an allotment!
    When I started on my allotment plot last year I made the mistake of growing the same things there and in the garden which was a bit of a mistake ,so your stragedy sounds better.
    My plot is about 18 x 66 sq feet and is still capable of producing vast amounts of veg (including too much chard even for me)

  4. Hi David – haha – it will be interesting to be able to compare raised beds versus normal ones.

    I’ll be mixing it up for sure. Might double up on some of the crops I use a lot of, such as squashes and fruit bushes.

  5. Those weeds will make fabulous compost. Just don’t put in any perennial roots (cooch, dock, dandelions, stinging nettle, or californian thistle). My allotment gave me a fabulous supply of compost in its first year. Everyone else lets it go to waste and I would love to clean out all their ‘weed’ heaps for them now that it is ‘under control’ there are so few weeds to compost.

    Good luck and get a long-handled shovel ( – takes the back ache out of digging.

  6. Thanks all.

    Will check out the shovel Liz, I’ve got a dodgy back so that could come in handy. 🙂

  7. Dear Jono,
    how fab! Best action with weedy plots. Strim all weeds down, divide plot into half- cover one half with carpet/permalay/ non transparent mulch and then dig the other half roughly, leaving the cold weather to do your job.
    Next year you can plant pumpkins or similar through your carpet or cover, giving you a crop while you get on top of other half. First thing to plant on dug half nice and prompt is some potatoes as these help break up the soil. Go for Earlies so they are out before blight arrives. Depends how heavy your soil is where you go next! Have fun!…
    Just a word about composting weeds- I have a weed bucket, (large!), I compost all perennial weeds in separately.
    They take a while to rot into a kind of disgusting soup, but the courgette family seem to appreciate it under them and everything likes the soup diluted as a feed. All weeds have different trace elements in them eg couch has silica and I would never waste them by burning. That’s for diseased stuff only!

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