Helpful tips for new tenants
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance
The National Association of Allotment Holders has issued the following advice to tenants:
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly.
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- Observe 'Social Distancing' with each other (2-3 meters).
- Do not share tools
- Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- Do not wash your hands in water troughs
- We recommend that all communal facilities are closed.
- Get government guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.
- If you have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock. Based on what is happening in other countries you may eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
- Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time
- Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
- If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until your symptoms have passed.
Here are our ten helpful tips for new tenants:
- If you have no tools, buy only the essentials - spade, fork, hoe, rake, trowel and water can.
- For your back's sake do not rush clearance and digging. It is best to start in the autumn.
- If a plot is badly weeded over, it is best to skim off the top and then dig it.
- Ensure that you remove the roots of docks, dandelions and couch grass as these will regrow.
- Start a compost heap for vegetable matter.
- Do not start sowing seeds in the open too early, as many are lost in the cold and wet ground.
- You will need to water plants that are being transplanted until they become established.
- Aim for a succession of crops throughout the year and rotate the crops in sequence.
- Plant flowers to make the plot more colourful.
- Fellow plot holders can also give lots of advice.