“Do a little and do it often.”
You’ll be keen to get going and turn this patch of overgrown grass and weeds into a productive food source but wait for a moment. Walk around the plot and take photographs from each corner. You’ll be thankful you have when you reach your first year anniversary.
Measure your plot
You can spend hours later working out how you want the allotment to look.
Cleaning the area
The plot will probably be full of grass. Carefully go through the plot and gather any items you regard as rubbish and anything which you think you can recycle at a later date. A few sites will have a facility for getting rid of rubbish but the majority don’t so it will be your responsibility to depose of it.
Once the site is cleared of rubbish now starts the task of clearing the weeds. Brambles need to be cut down to soil letter and then dug out. Don’t underestimate this task as it can take anything from a week or a few months to clear brambles. Find out if your site has a communal bonfire area where you can put the bramble roots; failing this look through your tenancy agreement to see if you can have a little fire on your plot.
Most sites have tools which can be used by its members for a sale hire fee, usually around £5. These can be grass strimmers, lawn mowers, rotavators, spades, forks etc.
Before you start working on the ground I would spend time getting your storage space up-and-running. You will need somewhere to store your tools, shelter from the rain, shelter from hot sunshine or simply to make a cuppa tea and have lunch.