Allotment Planning – Physical Layout – Get some paper, a pencil . . . and a rubber!

06 May

When you first get an allotment it might be overgrown and you need to clear it and start from scratch.

As you are hacking through the brambles, you will be thinking about what to grow and how to rotate plantings to make best use of the plot.  You will also be thinking about how to lay out your allotment.

I started with a blank sheet of paper, drew a simple plan and made notes along the sides with planting tips and ideas:

Allotment Plan

Original allotment plan: paper and pencil

You could also do a fancy version with computer aided design (CAD) using free tools like Google Sketchup if you like that sort of thing.

My allotment is very important to me. I feel like I am in the countryside and enjoy growing fruit, flowers and vegetables . . . and eating them!


Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Just Jeff's Allotment


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2 responses to “Allotment Planning – Physical Layout – Get some paper, a pencil . . . and a rubber!

  1. Sarah CopelandSarah

    May 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Pencil and paper – the best technology around 🙂 Although I must admit, this year I have uploaded photos of my pencil-drawn plans to Evernote, and whether I’m at the garden centre or on the plot can whip out my phone to check what’s what.

  2. lizpanton

    May 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hi Sarah – from Liz, Jeff’s “tame geek” 🙂

    Thank you for the comment – that’s a great idea!

    Jeff scans his drawings and notes and keeps copies on his phone for reference. He will only have a “cloud backup” of the ones that I have scanned and then emailed to him.

    I had a “what a coincidence!” smile when I saw your interests on your Gravatar profile:

    “I’m fascinated by the way technology mediates communication, both human to computer and also amongst people when technology is an influencing factor.

    My research is based around Digital Storytelling as a method to cross boundaries that inter-generational groups may face in rural communities.”

    I specialised for over 25 years in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) so you might find something of interest on my site too: and

    I have found and followed you on Twitter to see when your digital storytelling site is up and running 🙂

    Best wishes,


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