We’re having an allotment meeting at the pub next month, it’ll be a nice, sociable thing to do, but the main reason is to share notes about what grew well last year and to use this information to make a plan for the allotment in 2015.
The challenge for me is that despite my best intentions at the beginning of the year, my note-taking tails off, so eventually I’ve resorted to my blog posts, photos taken through the year and even my instagram feed to get accurate information for our meeting.
I finally got the information together, and here I am, settled by the fire with the list of what I grew last year, ready to plan what to grow in 2015.
It starts with a large sheet of paper, A5 is ideal, giving plenty of room to scribble things down. I like a bit of colour too, so favourites from last year are underlined in red and new varieties are highlighted with day-glow pens.
Then it’s all reviewed over a few days, adding things I forgot and and removing vegetables from the plan that aren’t really feasible on my plot, even though I like the idea of growing them. It helps to be realistic about what is possible and how much time I have.
A lay-out of the allotment is useful to note where it’s all going, avoid growing vegetables in the same place each year to make them less susceptible to disease.
The shed needs repairing and I’d love to have some nice looking supports for vegetables, like these below. It helps to get these in place well before they’re needed, so they’re on the plan too.
I am buying a new note-book for the sole purpose of good record keeping, so maybe you’ll do the same and be as well organised as I intend to be. How are your plans going for your vegetable growing in 2015?
Find out more here about not growing vegetables in the same place each year and how it helps to rotate them around the plot.