It may seem strange but when I first got Plot 225, back in March 2014, I did think it was too big (66 ft by 18 ft) but as the weeks have rolled by, I am now short of space. On my Big Allotment Challenge, there is a balance to planning and preparing for future crops versus the current crops growing on the plot so quite early on, I decided to make a plan. It was back in Week 4 when the plot took shape with new Raised Beds and the arrival of the Shed in Week 5.
In my head, I had planned one crop per raised bed but in reality I don’t have that much space and there is something in a lot of the literature around Companion planting, which I have followed and researched. (For example planting Elephant Garlic with my Desiree Potatoes as they are complimentary crops and the smell of the garlic should deter aphids from the potatoes). From a previous posting, the “Main Avenue” was changed with a small border added down the central aisle in Week 9.
So the current Plan (week 24) has been updated to reflect new plantings completed this week (in the former Desiree Potatoes & Elephant Garlic Raised Bed I have planted new Red Bok Choi, Curly Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Cauliflower):
I don’t know if I’m mad in planning to this level of detail (with colour coded “G” for my Gladioli so I know what blooms should appear) but it works for me. Once a week, I update the map on the computer and print it out. During the week, I will scribble over it with my tasks and jobs and amend it in pen before applying to the computer copy. It will definitely help me manage my crop rotations for next year (and indeed, already) but I wonder how other Allotmenteers manage their plots?