It’s far too easy to buy stuff for an allotment. Walking around a shop you see so many things you’d like to grow. However, I was strict to myself that I wanted to start small, and expand only once part of the plot was established and ticking along.
I split the plot in two with some more string, so that set a clear first milestone for us to reach.
- Runner bean seeds
- Onion seeds
- Chive seeds
- Raspberry bush
- Blackberry bush
- Gooseberry bush
- Various tomato plants
- Cheap compost
For the seeds, we bought some peat pots. These things are great. We were able to plant the runner bean seeds in these, and they just grow into the pots, which your then plant into the soil and they decompose. This means you don’t have to disturb the roots when moving them from pot to soil.
Planting the seeds was simple. Fill up the pot half way with compost, add the seed – making sure it’s the right way up – and then place compost on top just below the top of the pot, pressing it down slightly.
My Mum happened to have a lot of old baking trays she didn’t want, so we placed all of the pots inside this to make watering easier, and transporting them around.
For the onion seeds, we simply filled one of these baking trays with compost, then scattered the seeds on top, and then put a thin layer of compost on top of those then pressed slightly down. Same deal with the chives.
We then put them all in our greenhouse at home and watered daily.