Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Thursday, April 19, 2007

4 months and 30 days later...

Well, how exciting! Last night I met Jane & tribe at the Hill, we ‘walked the crops’ as they say in the Archers (haha!), did some watering as it is still VERY dry, & PICKED SOME RADISH!

There were some perfect deep red globes of Marabelle sown 3 February, sprouted 24 February - also there were some white-tipped Mirabeau ready which were sown on 10 March sprouting on the 29 March. So the first lot were 11 weeks to harvest, & the second only 6 weeks.

We had a proper scientific ‘taste test’ after giving them all a quick wash, & although Paul declared himself not keen on radish & E found them too hot, S broke out into a grin (‘you’ve not had to pay for that – cool!’ when shown the radishes) & Jane & I tucked in with gusto. We had a unanimous verdict that the Marabelle ‘blows your gob off’, with the Mirabeau a much milder flavour.

We all did a little dance at this historic moment – our first proper home grown produce! However, in my excitement, I forgot to take a photo of us as ‘proud parents’ – possibly just as well – radish aren’t the most impressive of veg to have a photo with – bit like the whole of the England cricket team last year crowded round & proudly holding aloft the titchy Ashes trophy.

The PARSNIP (white gem) have put on a real spurt with their ‘proper’ leaves growing – it’s nice not mistake them as weeds anymore – & the POTATOES (rocket) are living up to their name.

At home, the SWEETCORN (conquerer f1) & the BARLOTTI BEANS have all started to come up – an impressive full house of 14 out of 14 for the sweetcorn.

The weeds keep a growin’ too, so we must keep on top of the hoeing, & there’ll be some serious watering to be done if this most beautiful weather continues! Fabulous!

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