Growing Guide

Why and how to start growing?
You should grow your own as the cost of bringing vegetables around the world, so as we can have eat out of season will increase in price. It is also not good for the planet resources to be doing this, when you can adapt your eating habits more to seasonal help local growers and the community.
The how is, to grow your own and eat more fresh local, with less food miles on it. It is very satisfying to produce it either in your own veg. patch or an allotment and can save you money.
When you produce fruit and vegetables on an allotment, it is not only the growing it is also a social thing when you meet different like minded people. It also gets you outside and the joy of eating your own is worth the hard work at times.
I will give you a brief map to a guide to growing, tailored to allotments over the year.
I will also give you advice on a fortnightly basis to general growing. It is just a guide which you may find useful and you may find some of it helpful.


Allotment Plan

Area 1  and  1.
These are for planting for longer term vegetables like early potatoes. Then after digging these you can plant, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, beans ect. 
Area 2 
This is for shorter term successional plantings or sowings of salad lettuce. If you plant four of each variety of lettuce, which includes Pok Choi and salad leaves every two weeks, that should give you plenty to eat. If you wish this could be a raised bed.
Area 3
This may also be used for celeriac, Kohlrabi, leeks and could plant courgettes, pumpkins and Butternut squash here as well area 1 and 1a.  
Area 4
If you use this for successional sowings of Beetroot, turnips, radish and spring onions
Area 5
You could put your carrots and parsnips in raised beds, made of old scaffold boards. Make them up to about 12 ins and put Horse manure in the bottom then fill with Guernsey Mushroom peat.
Carrots and parsnips like the roots to have no obstructions, this makes then long and straight.
 Area 6
Spinach and chad could go here with all the different ones, rainbow and red chad.
Also some spring onions and chives as well.
Area 7
Might be best to keep this for red and white onions, as so many are needed in the year and keep so well.
Area 8
This area could be for broad beans, which need a lot of space.
Area 9
Peas, sugar snaps and different types of dwarf beans could go here.
The raised beds are a good, since you will have very little weeds for about 3 years and you can after that time skim off the top few inches and replace with fresh peat. Of course the old peat can go on the vegetable patch.
You may use some of those areas to put herbs and other things around the edges  in  large pots. 
My guide is simply just there to help you a little in your planning. Some of the ladies on my allotments, put flowers around the veg patch, as it keeps the rabbits away?