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16-09-2012, 01:06 PM
Growing your own.
A couple of months ago I applied for Three allotments near to where I live, not to take on all three but because of waiting times I want to get one ASAP... Fingers crossed this time next year I will have one.

Over that time I have been doing a lot of reading and a lot of watching youtube videos to help get me prepared and to teach me a few things.

Ive got a basic idea of what and how I want to achieve the allotment but I know a year is a long time and my ideas will have hopefully evolved by then.... in the meantime Id like peoples opinions about.

1: Double Digging.

I hear a few people mentioning double digging.... and from I gather it sounds/looks like hard work but apparently the results speak for themselves. Im not afraid of hard work and want it to be a success so I think I will probably double dig all of my beds.... do people agree with double digging or does anybody have any alternatives???

2: Pest Control.

Im not keen on using pesticides on anything that I grow... although I imagine because im new to this I may need to at some point..... I have heard that you can have "companion plants" for certain crops that have natural predators for aphids etc etc and id like to know what other alternatives/methods there is to pest control.

3: Weeding.

When I eventually get my allotment I realise that it may have been left for a while and that it will probably be overgrown. I have allready learnt not to jump straight in and to strim everything down and rota-vate the ground as this will do the opposite of what I want to achieve.... A lot of people use sheets of dark tarpaulin to deprive the weeds of light and I think I may do the same (instead of putting weights along the edges of the tarpaulin to keep it down I plan on burying the edges about 1-2 feet into the ground) so Id like to know what people do themselves to combat this.... any hints/tips welcome.

4: Raised Beds.

I can see why people use raised beds, however seeing as im not exactly made of money I would like to keep things cheap if possible (although that doesnt mean I will not spend money when I have to) So what are people opinions on raised beds... pros and cons???

5: Seed suppliers/buying

Again I want to remain as natural as possible so id prefer not to buy any GM seeds.... is there anything in particular I should be looking for when buying seeds.... can anybody reccomend any good supliers???

6: Greenhouses/polytunnels

If the allotment I take over hasnt got a greenhouse then I will get one myself.... so any advice on greenhouses would be appreciated. Im also toying with the idea of building a polytunnel to house some of my crops. Any advice... pros/cons of polytunnels would be appreciated also.


I think that covers the main block of my thinking up to now.... if anybody has any advice not covered in any of my questions then I would be more than pleased to hear it Bowing

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Growing your own. - bemore - 16-09-2012 01:06 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Vosur - 16-09-2012, 02:20 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Dom - 16-09-2012, 03:44 PM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 16-09-2012, 04:21 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Dom - 16-09-2012, 04:52 PM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 16-09-2012, 05:43 PM
RE: Growing your own. - kim - 16-09-2012, 07:36 PM
RE: Growing your own. - kim - 16-09-2012, 04:51 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Stark Raving - 16-09-2012, 05:37 PM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 16-09-2012, 05:55 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Stark Raving - 16-09-2012, 06:06 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Dom - 16-09-2012, 07:47 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Dom - 16-09-2012, 08:01 PM
RE: Growing your own. - kim - 16-09-2012, 08:20 PM
RE: Growing your own. - kim - 16-09-2012, 08:13 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Phaedrus - 16-09-2012, 09:15 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Stark Raving - 16-09-2012, 09:22 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Stark Raving - 16-09-2012, 09:29 PM
RE: Growing your own. - aurora - 16-09-2012, 10:59 PM
RE: Growing your own. - earmuffs - 17-09-2012, 01:24 AM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 17-09-2012, 05:30 AM
RE: Growing your own. - Dom - 17-09-2012, 06:37 AM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 17-09-2012, 06:48 AM
RE: Growing your own. - Vosur - 17-09-2012, 08:04 AM
RE: Growing your own. - KidCharlemagne1962 - 17-09-2012, 08:06 AM
RE: Growing your own. - kim - 18-02-2013, 11:45 AM
RE: Growing your own. - bemore - 18-02-2013, 01:41 PM
RE: Growing your own. - Dark Light - 21-02-2013, 07:50 PM
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