Making an allotment plan using Excel

I spent a while Googling to see how other people create their allotment plans. A lot of people had made really beautiful illustrations with drawings of each veg but these seem to serve more as an artwork than a practical plan which you can change as things change on the plot. I’d drawn a plan in my notebook (you can see it in this previous post) which didn’t look very inspiring and was also hard to amend as plans changed.

I decided to give Excel a try and here’s my current plan. It’s pretty satisfying making the different coloured sections for the different crops:

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This only shows half my plot – I’ve left out the side which is dominated by the corrugated metal container of rubbish and felled trees.

The raised bed on the far right (close up of it from my plan is below) is the one I’ve done the most planting in so far and it already has garlic, beetroot, radishes, rainbow chard and carrots sown in it.I’ve sown the nasturtiums too but there’s no sign of them popping up so far.

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My plan still seems to change every time I visit the plot though. Today I decided that the mange tout should move to the bottom end where I’ve currently planned parsnips so I’ll change that at some point.

 

 

Planning what to grow on the allotment

I know I won’t really be able to start growing anything on the allotment for a few months yet but I’ve started thinking about what I might grow.

I’m trying to choose veg which are:

  • Things we like to eat
  • Things that are hard to find in the shops
  • A few choices which are easy to grow and will result in lots of veg
  • Some things I’ve grown before

The list so far is:

  • Runner beans (easy to grow, should give lots of beans)
  • Beetroot
  • Kale (apparently very hardy)
  • Garlic
  • Nasturtiums (for colour, and can be added to salads)
  • Broad beans (because I bought some Aquadulce Claudia seeds, which are meant to be so hardy they can be planted in November for an early harvest)
  • Chillis (grew some indoors this year with moderate success)
  • Broccoli
  • Rainbow chard (pretty)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus (because there’s some already on the plot)

I’ve also started doing some little plans of what might go where in the plot:

Allotment plan

Do you have any suggestions for things I should try to grow?