Whether you’re starting out with seedlings, or you’re a regular green-thumbed gardener, having the right layout and sturdily built planters makes all the difference when it comes to harvesting fresh fruit and veg. Take a look at a number of allotment layout ideas, DIY gardening hacks and more in this useful guide. Lettuce not wait around any longer, peas, read on.
Clean out your allotted allotment space
To begin with, it’s important to have a nice, clean canvas in which you will eventually sow and grow. Whether you’re utilising the land in your back garden, or you’ve got yourself a plot from the council, you should always make sure you have a clean slate to begin with. That way, you can plan your patch exactly how you want it, without the need to manoeuvre around foreign objects and alike.
Top tip: when you’re clearing out old debris and rubbish, be sure to have protective gear on – you never know what could be lurking among the earth.
Plan your allotment layout precisely
Think about what you plan on growing and harvesting, and whether or not you will need raised beds and or a greenhouse. Another important element is to think about the route you will eventually take around the allotment. For example, when you’re kneeling down harvesting one crop, you don’t want to be treading on another bed of vegetation, that said, you might want to incorporate the use of pathways.
Top tip: If you plan on making pathways, think about laying them down with brick or cement tiles for easy navigation and weather-proof access.
Build or assemble some planters
Planters are fairly straightforward to put together, and they are all the rage when it comes to allotments and vegetable patches. They are fairly cheap, but even cheaper to make yourself, therefore it is worth either building a couple or grabbing some from the local DIY shop. Not only are they a fantastic way to grow produce, they also look fantastic in any plot!
Be selective about what you plan to grow
Seeds are small, but they can grow into generously towering vegetable hoarders, so it’s important to make sure you don’t over seed your plot. Start with a few plants and crops in mind, and over time you can add more as you become a horticultural expert.
Our top rated DIY gardening hacks
Once you’ve got the layout of your allotment ready, you’ve screwed together the last planter and you know precisely where everything will flourish, then it’s time to start sowing the seeds! The following are a few unlikely gardening hacks for either first time gardeners or well seasoned propagators:
Assemble a micro-greenhouse
If you don’t have access to a four-walled greenhouse, then fear not! You can do your bit for the planet whilst also giving your seedlings the warmth they deserve with this hack. Simply take some used plastic water bottles (the larger the better) and cut them in half to create a dome shape. This way, you can use both ends to cover up your baby plants and create a greenhouse shelter for them whilst they germinate.
The best part about this hack is, you can keep reusing the bottles every time you need to germinate seeds or keep something out of harm’s way.
Create seedlings from citrus rinds
Yep, that’s right. Instead of scouting out tiny plastic pots for new plants, you can simply use the discarded rind of a fruit. All you need is half a rind (for example, the semicircle of an orange) with the insides gutted, then create some holes for drainage and fill with soil and your seedling of choice. What’s more, when planted in the ground, these will biodegrade over time and become fertilizer for your plot.
Disperse cinnamon powder to prevent disease
Not only is it delicious in a bowl of oats, this Sri Lankan spice also helps to keep our plants healthy, too. Cinnamon has an anti-fungal element that prevents disease in seedlings. Not to mention, the smell is an added (and welcomed) benefit.
Create a simple lawn edging
Create an edge around the lawn using a long piece of wood, or plank. Simply enough, follow this around the desired area by using a flat spade, thrust the edge of the material into position to line out the edge. You may need to give it whack with a hammer to keep it in place.
Most importantly, make sure you have the right tools for the job
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