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    Right, so finally got my allotment from the local council after about a year and a half of waiting.

    So im a complete newbie to this but would like to get fully involved in gardening. The locals are nice and welcoming but I don't like to keep on pestering them for advice.

    Wanted to know of any good(free if possible!) books whioch will show from the very basics of how to prepare the the land, and how to grow in very very basic terms.

    good websites with practical demionstrations via video would also be a big bonus.

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    One word of advice on the allotment.

    Dont throw yourself into it and try to dig the whole plot in one go. You will just finish up with a bad back, blisters, and will not want to carry on.

    Take your time, dig small sections at a time, and work your way along the plot bit by bit, taking weeks (or all season) to dig it over if you want.

    Plant as you go if you want to see something positive happening.

    I got an allotment last September, so am also a newbie too. Subscribing to this for info as well.

    Our plot is roughly 12x12m with about 9x9 of it available for planting veg. (rest is taken up by a shed and fruit bushes.

    So far we have dug over the 9x9 area and have planted potatoes and a couple of metre rows of carrots. (took us a couple of months digging - over the odd weekend when its been dry/not frozen)

    Seems that between now and the end of May is when most of the planting should be done, so I'd follow the suggestion above and dig/weed sections at a time and plant as you go.
    Edited by: "BurntEffigy" 13th Apr 2011

    ...also, one tip - don't plant all of the seeds in one go. Stagger the planting so that crops are ready at different times through the season.

    We are planting 2x 1m rows of carrots every 2 weeks so we have batches ready at different times.

    the "which" guide is quite good and is free it tells you what you should be doing at each time of year in calendar form so you know each month what you can plant/pick etc.

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    Jimston

    the "which" guide is quite good and is free it tells you what you should … the "which" guide is quite good and is free it tells you what you should be doing at each time of year in calendar form so you know each month what you can plant/pick etc.



    Thanks

    where can i get the free calendar from please? direct link?

    ta

    thanks for all the comments by the way.

    i rang them on 0800 920185 told them saw advert on the tele for free grow your own vege guide, they will talk to you abt taking the mag on subscription (not pushy at all they take no for an answer) then theyll post you one.

    Marigolds!!! the flowers not the gloves, although the latter can be usefull. my aunts allotment has rows of them as they encourage good and helpfull bugs, and her crops have been awesome

    Potatoes do well in stoney ground if your plot is. They also help to break up heavy soil so getting it ready for other crops next year. Nothing tastes better than home grown new potatoes

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    Can I come to your question in a second? Just need to solve your username.... En One Gma?

    Is that french? I don't get it.

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    JonnyTwoToes

    Can I come to your question in a second? Just need to solve your … Can I come to your question in a second? Just need to solve your username.... En One Gma?Is that french? I don't get it.



    LOL

    Nowt to do with the French.

    I couldn't use the I in ENIGMA so had to settle for the 1.
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