Growing as much food on as little land for as little money as possible

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New Allotment

Rather late in the season last year my wife and I took over a tiny allotment plot with the view to growing some veg and having a place to go on a summer evening to relax with our dogs. We are of no fixed abode so we do not have a garden so an allotment is the next best thing. It is about 7 metres square with a chicken wire fence but no gate and nothing else. A blank canvas so to speak.

We need to get growing asap So I knocked together a couple of raised beds from some broken scaffold planks I had recently wombled and we filled the beds with free manure and compost.

We planted runner beans, brussel sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli, leaks and winter squash and everything grew like crazy and we harvested a remarkable amount of stuff considering how late in the season we started. The winter squash was our main disappointment. I started flowering but didn’t produce any fruit until very late and them we lost what fruit we did have to frosts.

This year we plan to plant a wide range of food plus we now have somewhere under cover to protect sensitive plants.

I would just like to add that I don’t really know what I am doing and I will be learning as I go along. Also, I am not a massive fan of conventional vegetable growing methods so expect so wild and wacky techniques to be tried out.