Getting started

Everything you need to know on how to get a plot, then how to get growing.

First things first

You are interested in getting an allotment, and why not? First things first send us an email and get yourself on the waiting list. You can’t get on it soon enough as at present we have waiting lists at all of our  seven allotment sites in Tonbridge. You will be allocated to a site nearest to where you live when a plot becomes available.

To get a plot to a good standard, you’ll usually need at least two sessions of two or more hours per week. 

Welcome to your plot

What do you do now?  Your site manager will make contact and arrange to show you the available plot. If you are happy to take it, a licence will be created for you to sign agreeing to the TAGA terms. Upon signing you will meet up with your site manager who will hand over your keys and answer any questions you may have.. Here are a few pointers for you that might be helpful:

1.Please be polite

Unfortunately it needs saying. Absolutely most people are enthusiastic and looking forward to getting started on their plots and eager to learn. So just to clarify, your site manager is only trying to help you get the best from your tenancy so you have a productive and enjoyable time.

2. Follow the rules

You will receive a Green Book which will be a guide to what you can and can’t do as a TAGA tenant . The Green Book is on this website too, in case you don’t get a physical copy. Have a read and then you will understand what is required for everything to run smoothly.

Lets Get started

Get ready, get set, go! You have your plot and if one is available a shed too! Well, what now?

1. Getting your plot cleared

It is very likely your plot will be in need of a big tidy up.

2. Layout

Before you start your site manager may well mark out your plot to help define the edges. You can then think about how you want to divide up the space and where perhaps it would be useful to have  paths or raised beds. It’s a good opportunity to see what other plot holders have done and what could work for you.

2. Digging
Your plot is probably going to need a good dig.  It’s a good opportunity to get to know your soil and discover any good plants you may have inherited from the previous tenant. You want to get out any perennial weeds like dandelions, bind weed and grasses.

 

Be friendly and polite

The site managers are here to help. The tenants are a friendly lot and have loads of knowledge so they are well worth getting to know .After all everyone started at some point.

Exercise, relaxation, friendship and delicious fun

What will you make of your allotment?

Ah the joys!!

From strawberries to sweet corn – plots more juicy than any murder mystery you will ever enjoy. Well worth getting off the sofa for!