Starting an Allotment

Starting an Allotment

Planning an Allotment

Embarking on the Allotment Adventure: A Beginner’s Guide to Cultivating Your Green Haven!

Welcome to the enchanting world of allotments, where the soil holds the promise of fresh bounty, and every seed planted is a step towards a flourishing green haven. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener expanding your domain or a budding enthusiast eager to cultivate your own patch of paradise, this guide is your compass to the joyous journey of starting an allotment.

In this introductory edition, we’ll navigate through the essential steps, practical tips, and the sheer delight of transforming a blank canvas into a thriving space of cultivation. From choosing the right plot to the first tender shoots breaking through the soil, join us on this expedition into the world of allotment gardening.

Let’s sow the seeds of knowledge, nurture our green dreams, and cultivate a space where the love for gardening blossoms alongside vibrant plants. Whether you’re motivated by a desire for sustainable living, a passion for fresh produce, or the therapeutic embrace of nature, your allotment journey begins here. So, grab your gardening gloves, dust off that spade, and let the adventure unfold!

When you first take on an allotment the most important thing first is making a plan for the allotment. You need to decide all the things you would like to grow on your allotment, the things, and tools you need to maintain and look after the plot, and also some of the essentials you need down at your allotments like a shed and a greenhouse. In this article we will explain and guide you to being an allotment planner and making the most out of your allotment, giving you all our allotment expertise and helping you create that list of the things you require for starting your plot and getting it looking beautiful.

Allotment and Kitchen Garden Book

Are you starting an allotment or planning on growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in a kitchen garden? If so we highly recommend the book Allotment Month By Month. This does exactly what it does on the cover to help you with what you should be doing in the allotment and kitchen garden each month. Below you can see the link for Amazon where you can purchase the book directly. This book is extremely popular with all allotment holders as you will read in the reviews:-

You can check out all the allotment and kitchen garden books we recommend here.

How to Design Your Allotment

How to Design Your Allotment

There are a few options you can use when it comes to planning your allotment. Here are some of the ideas you can use, all of these ideas are best used for great results:-

  • Pencil and Paper: – Measure the size of your plot and draw a plan to scale
  • Make a list:- Write down everything you would like on your plot and the things you would like to grow.
  • Allotment Program:- Use a specific computer program to plan your allotment.
  • Allotment Journal and Allotment Diary:- Purchase an allotment diary online and make notes of when you plant things and what you do, this way you can check it the next year and see how it performed.

Cultivating Dreams: A Guide to Designing Your Allotment Haven

Embarking on the journey of designing your allotment is like painting a canvas with the vibrant hues of nature. It’s a personal expression of your gardening aspirations, a harmonious blend of functionality and aesthetics that transforms a plot of land into a haven of green abundance. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the key steps to design an allotment that not only yields a bountiful harvest but also becomes your sanctuary of serenity.

**1. *Dream, Plan, Plot:*

Before you pick up a shovel, take a moment to envision your dream allotment. Consider the types of plants you want to grow, the ambiance you wish to create, and any specific features you desire. Sketch out a rough plan, marking areas for different crops, pathways, and perhaps a cozy sitting nook for contemplative moments.

**2. *Sun and Soil:*

Understanding your allotment’s sun and soil conditions is fundamental to successful gardening. Take note of the sunlight patterns throughout the day and identify areas with optimal exposure. Additionally, conduct a soil test to determine its composition, ensuring that you choose plants suitable for your specific soil type.

**3. *Layout Logic:*

Divide your allotment into practical zones based on the needs of your plants. Consider creating raised beds for better drainage and organization. Group crops with similar water and sunlight requirements together to streamline maintenance. A well-thought-out layout maximizes space and facilitates efficient gardening.

**4. *Pathways and Access:*

Incorporate well-defined pathways into your design to allow easy access to all parts of your allotment. This not only makes maintenance tasks more manageable but also adds a structured and aesthetic element to the space. Consider using materials like wood chips or gravel for pathways to enhance both functionality and visual appeal.

**5. *Companion Planting:*

Employ the principles of companion planting to create a mutually beneficial ecosystem within your allotment. Some plants naturally complement each other, deterring pests or enhancing growth. Research companion planting strategies to create a harmonious environment that promotes plant health and productivity.

**6. *Vertical Gardening:*

Maximize your growing space by incorporating vertical elements into your design. Trellises, arches, or hanging planters not only add visual interest but also provide opportunities for climbing plants, saving precious ground space and promoting healthier airflow.

**7. *Personal Touch:*

Infuse your personality into the allotment design by incorporating elements that resonate with you. Decorative touches, personalized signs, or creative borders can transform your growing space into a reflection of your gardening passion.

**8. *Water-wise Wisdom:*

Efficient water management is crucial for a thriving allotment. Plan for a convenient water source, and consider implementing irrigation systems like soaker hoses or drip irrigation. Mulching around plants helps retain soil moisture and reduces water evaporation.

**9. *Year-round Vision:*

Design with the entire growing season in mind. Integrate a mix of perennial and annual plants to ensure a continuous harvest. Strategically place structures like cold frames or cloches for season extension, allowing you to enjoy fresh produce for an extended period.

**10. *Adapt and Evolve:*

Gardening is an evolving journey, and your allotment design should be flexible enough to adapt to changing needs. Keep experimenting, observing, and learning from each season’s experiences. Your design can be an ever-evolving masterpiece that grows alongside your expertise and passion.

Creating your allotment paradise is a labor of love that rewards you with the joy of nurturing life and harvesting the literal fruits of your efforts. May your design be as abundant and unique as the crops it cradles, turning your allotment into a flourishing haven of green dreams. Happy gardening! 🌱🌻

The Size of your Allotment

The size of your allotment is very important because if you decide to go for a large allotment you can have a few fruit trees, a polytunnel, a shed, and a seating area. If you decide to go for a smaller plot you will have to make a decision on what things are the most important to your plot and how much of each item you can actually grow on your plot.

Which Planting Style Suits You

When it comes to choosing the layout of the allotment you need to think about what will benefit you. A lot of gardeners plant in rows in the allotment. Then again more and more people are building beds on their plots, this is so that it marks out the area where you are growing, you can fasten netting over easily and you have paths leading all around it so it’s easy to weed and hoe.

Another method is building raised beds, this can be an expensive option as you need to buy all the materials and then you need to fill the raised bed with soil. Obviously, this works better if you struggle bending over to the garden as they will be at your hip level.

When it comes to choosing the method to grow it all goes down to your needs and what suits you best so that it is comfortable when gardening.

My personal opinion is to build beds so that the areas are marked out, you know specifically where you are growing and you can draw them on your plan. You can also lay paths round all the beds using paving, wood chip or black porous matting which you can walk up and down and hoe the beds.

What to plant on allotment?

What to plant on allotment?

A key point to the allotment and one of the most critical ones is to decide what you are going to grow on your allotment. Do you grow everything you like or do you grow things that friends and family also like? There are also plenty of things you can grow which are not available in the supermarkets. Here are some ideas of the items you could grow:-


You need to think about what fruit you would like to grow on your plot, especially trees. Remember that where you plant them that will be where they will live and you won’t be able to move them. Fruit trees need to be planted in Winter so that they can take well with the rain. Don’t plant them in summer. You need to check the rules around fruit trees as some councils don’t let you have fruit trees or they will specify the height they can be grown to.

Next, you need to think about what fruit plants and bushes you will grow. One of the best investments on a plot is strawberry plants. You can purchase around 20 online then every year they will send out babies (runners) and you will end up with loads of plants. Rhubarb is also a great item to have. If you have a few rhubarb plants you could be eating crumble every week. Other great fruit items to plant are blackberries, Loganberries, and raspberries. The blackberries and Logan berries you can train to grow down the sides of your plot as they will fruit every year. Raspberries will also fruit every year – they also spread so you will end up with lots of plants.


There are hundreds of varieties of vegetables you can try growing. The best advice is to go to your local garden center with a pen and paper and make a list of all the vegetables you want to try. Then go home and research if you are able to grow them. Why not also have a look at what strange and funky vegetables you can grow. Vegetables come in all different shapes and colours these days.


Do you use herbs in dishes for food, well why not try growing them they are very simple and they grow back year after year? They will also add a nice scent to your plot.


These are a vital part of your allotment, everyone should be encouraged to grow some flowers on their plot as this will attract the bees which will help pollinate your fruit and vegetables. With out the bees, you will not get produce. You could plant some flowers which can be cut and taken home for the wife or to put in a vase. Why not plant some spring bulbs these will grow every year and they are the first bit of color on the plot and the bees will love you as they are the only flowers available for when they wake up from hibernation.

Blooms Beyond Bounty: The Undeniable Benefits of Growing Flowers on Your Allotment

When we think of allotments, the mind often conjures images of rows of thriving vegetables, fruits, and herbs. However, there’s a compelling case to be made for incorporating the beauty and elegance of flowers into your allotment haven. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, flowers contribute to the overall health and harmony of your gardening space. Let’s delve into the myriad reasons why cultivating flowers on your allotment is not just a choice for aesthetics but a strategic and enriching decision.

1. Pollinator Paradise:

Flowers are nature’s invitation to pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and other essential pollinating insects play a vital role in fertilizing plants, ensuring a successful and abundant harvest. By including a variety of flowering plants, you create a pollinator-friendly environment that enhances the overall health of your allotment ecosystem.

2. Biodiversity Boost:

A diverse range of plants attracts a diverse array of beneficial insects. Flowers act as magnets for predators like ladybugs and lacewings, which are natural enemies of common garden pests. The presence of flowers supports a balanced and resilient ecosystem, reducing the need for chemical interventions and fostering a more sustainable gardening approach.

3. Soil Health Sentinel:

Certain flowers, like marigolds and calendula, are not just visually stunning but also serve as soil health guardians. These plants contribute to soil health by suppressing nematode populations and enhancing nutrient availability. Interspersing flowers among your crops can act as a natural form of pest control and contribute to the overall well-being of the soil.

4. Aesthetic Delight:

Let’s not forget the sheer joy and visual delight that flowers bring to any space. The vibrant colors, intricate shapes, and delightful fragrances of blooms elevate the aesthetic appeal of your allotment. Creating a visually pleasing environment can turn your allotment into a haven where you not only grow sustenance but also find solace and pleasure in the beauty of nature.

5. Companion Planting Companions:

Beyond their visual appeal, certain flowers have practical benefits when strategically placed among your vegetables. Companion planting with flowers like nasturtiums, for instance, can help deter pests and provide a protective shield for more vulnerable crops. Explore the world of companion planting to unlock the symbiotic relationships that flowers can establish with your edible plants.

6. Mindful Gardening:

The act of tending to flowers on your allotment introduces an element of mindfulness to your gardening routine. Engaging with the aesthetic aspects of your space can be a therapeutic experience, offering a break from the more utilitarian tasks of vegetable cultivation. Flowers provide a canvas for creative expression and a means to connect with the meditative side of gardening.

7. Cut Flower Bounty:

Don’t underestimate the joy of bringing the beauty of your allotment indoors. Growing flowers opens the door to creating stunning floral arrangements for your home. From cheerful bouquets to thoughtful gifts, the blooms from your allotment become a source of joy not just for you but for those around you.

8. Seasonal Rhythms:

Flowers add a dynamic element to your allotment, introducing seasonal rhythms and cycles. Witnessing the first blooms of spring or the riot of colors in summer becomes a testament to the passage of time and the changing seasons. Flowers weave a narrative of growth and transformation that enhances the overall narrative of your gardening journey.

In conclusion, growing flowers on your allotment is not merely a choice of aesthetics; it’s a holistic approach to gardening that embraces biodiversity, enhances soil health, and elevates the overall experience. Beyond the tangible benefits, flowers on your allotment are a celebration of the beauty inherent in nature—a reminder that gardening is not just about what we grow but how we cultivate a harmonious relationship with the living world around us. So, let your allotment bloom with the vibrancy of flowers, and watch as it becomes a haven of beauty, balance, and biodiversity. 🌸🌼

Other Items To Consider

There are many other things to consider for your allotment when starting up. Here we will guide you through the items which are classed as luxury and have items on the allotment.


This is something that you will defiantly want on your allotment. When you have been working hard on the allotment you will want to sit back, have a brew and look at the great work you have done. Why not put your seating in a shaded part of the plot where vegetables are less likely to grow well?



I certainly would not class this as an essential item to have on your allotment but if you can pick one up free from Facebook or an online site why turn it down? All I would use this for is to sit in if it is raining. I would not store tools on my allotment site, even if they are old you do not want them pinching. If you do get a hut leave it unlocked as someone will only think you have something worth stealing.


This is one of the most essential things you can have on your plot. With the weather in the UK it is cold at the beginning of the year so you can not sow seeds outdoors. The best way to grow them is in a greenhouse – the best type to go for is a polycarbonate one as often on allotments it can get windy. You do not want to come after a storm and half the panes have blown out and smashed. You will be picking glass out for years.



Paths are vital on your plot to get around and be able to weed around your fruit and vegetables. The question is how posh do you want your paths to look? In my plot, I use the black membrane to stop the weeds from coming through. If you can get hold of paving slabs that would make it look posher – plus a lot of the time you can find free paving slabs online. Make sure you make your paths wide enough to take a wheelbarrow down

Compost Bin

This is a great asset for any allotment when you are planning where to have your compost bin. Ideally have it at the end of your plot away from your shed as compost heaps like to attract mice and rats because of the warmth from them. You really need to have a compost heap so that you you chuck all your old vegetable plants and weeds in, they will take a while to rot down but if you have a few you can fill one this year then next move onto the next one. Making your own compost will save you lots as you will need to buy compost for sowing your seeds and potting your plants up.

Water Butts

If you are lucky on your site you will have water taps but most councils say you can only use a hose pipe to fill water butts up then use a watering can to water your plants so you are not wasting water. We are lucky on our allotment site as the council drops off old wheelie bins that you can use as water butts.

Allotment Tools

Allotment Tools

When choosing your allotment tools you obviously need to think of the basic tools you require but as you get into your hobby you will start to treat yourself to new tools and ask for them for birthdays and Christmas.

These are the essential tools you require for your allotment:-

  • Hand fork
  • Trowel
  • Fork
  • Spade
  • Shears if you have a hedge
  • Pruners – Ideal for fruit bushes
  • Hoe

The brand which I recommend is the Wolf Garten range as you only need to purchase a handle then you can buy the attachments separate. Below you can find a review of my favorite Wolf Garten tool the soil miller.

We hope you have found these Allotment Planner tips helpful. Now you can get started on that new allotment and growing your own organic produce. Check out the rest of our website for more tips and advice. Go to our home page here

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