I use a strimmer on the allotment because it’s an efficient way to control weeds and clear ground.

When I first got my allotment, I spent a lot of time digging, time I couldn’t really afford. The amount of time the allotment was eating up led me to question the point of having an allotment and I nearly gave up.

Using a strimmer regularly, helped me to take control of the weed problem and I now look forward to visiting the allotment.

My strimmer is a GMC 18v Lithium Ion unit which costs around £125, although the most recent one I bought was just £65 on ebay. These offers do come up from time to time, but you have to keep looking.

The trimmer line that I use can be bought from B&Q and a large reel of 2mm line costs £14. I have modified my strimmer to take the thicker line, by removing the fittings that the line went through.

Anything that can make your time on the allotment more rewarding should be grabbed with both hands.

Having nothing to harvest on the allotment last month, I decided to sow salad leaves in six cell packs (or similar containers) every day. I now have a veritable conveyor belt of salad to take home. It’s easy to do and provides a sense of achievement when eating something you have grown yourself. Leave your salad on the table and let your guest cut their own!

To grow your salad, select a good quality compost…

Clover Multi Purpose Compost

Clover Multi Purpose Compost

Add sufficient compost to a six cell plant pack…

Compost in a six cell pack

Compost in a six cell pack

Sprinkle your seed onto the surface of the compost…

Seed sprinkled on to the surface of compost in a six cell pack

Seed sprinkled on to the surface of compost in a six cell pack

Cover the seed lightly with more compost…

Six cell pack filled with compost

Six cell pack filled with compost

Water the six cell pack thoroughly…

Watering a six cell pack

Watering a six cell pack

Label the six cell pack and place on a shelf in the greenhouse to germinate…

Add a label to a six cell pack

Add a label to a six cell pack

Different stages of growth of baby lettuce leaves…

Different stages of growth of baby lettuce leaves

Different stages of growth of baby lettuce leaves