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How to Start with an Allotment

Many people wait months if not years to be selected for an allotment space and it’s always easy to get carried away and imagine the space to be well looked after and managed, but this isn’t always the case. When you are selected for an allotment, there lots of things you need to do both in preparation and when you first visit your spot, to ensure you’re set up properly.

Clean Your Allotment

Before you start any work on your allotment you should give it a good clean. You may find that your allotment was unattended for a few months before you took it on, which can result in lots of weeds and other unwanted plants growing wild across flower beds and surrounding areas. Give your allotment a good tidy up, removing any weeds and other plants that you don’t want to keep, give any grass a cut and you’ll instantly feel better about the space you have to work with.

Your allotment is a space for you to enjoy and utilise, so you may not want it anything like the previous owners had it. If you feel like you want to remove a tree or some shrubs, feel free to do so and create a space that works better for you. Remember to reach out to the allotment manager to find out where you can take any waste to dispose of, as there are lots of hotspots for this kind of thing.

Wildlife Spotting

As mentioned above, your allotment may have been inactive for a while, which could result in lots of wildlife taking comfort in the overgrown grass and weeds that have accumulated over time. When you start work on your allotment, be careful of any leafy areas or built-up parts of grass or soil. Check these areas for any wildlife that may be nesting or hibernating (depending on the time of year) to ensure you don’t disturb any or cause them any harm.

Invest in Basic Tools

In preparation for starting work on your allotment you want to invest in some basic tools to get you started. There’s no need to invest in anything too pricey just yet, as you may want to get a feel for which tools you use the most and therefore which are worth spending more money on. Having the basic tools will set you up perfectly for your everyday gardening tasks and help you with success in your projects. Have a look online at Two Wests to see which gardening tools are available to get you started and do a little research into which tools are best for the projects you want to undertake.

Start Simple

You don’t want to make things too complicated in the initial stages of working on your allotment, so choose a few simple projects to begin with. There are so many different projects you can carry out which aren’t too complex or time consuming and these will simply help you to find your feet with your allotment and get a feel for the sort of thing you’d like to continue growing and so on.

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