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...........

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Report - Plot D (Potatoes)

Although this should have been the easiest bed to plant – i.e. cover with manure, plant POTATOES, 3 months later dig up lots of potatoes – it wasn’t quite that simple for a couple of reasons.

The first is that I had no concept of how much space to allow for each row of potatoes despite being told this very piece of information by Reg-next-plot, & even, in fact, recording that information here in the blog. So I planted too close together.

I compounded the planting error with a lack-of-labelling error, so that when the plants all came bombing up out of the ground, there was just a sea of plants. Impossible to earth up properly & digging them up took forever & I kept spearing the tubers with the fork. Brilliant crop though – 4 half sacks full, & all delicious except the rocket first earlies which are just bland.

Once the earlies were out, I could put in some LEEKS (mrs D) – I grew a whole tray full at home, but – with hindsight – should have planted out another couple of rows of the seedlings. They all went to good homes though – just not MY good home!

I’ve also had put the spring cabbage seedlings – courtesy of Jody – in this bed as I was so short of space up in plot A, but it’ll all come out more or less in the wash, I expect.

So for next year? There as so many different potato varieties available – the Maris Piper was good though, & definitely want to try a waxy salad one.

Here ends the potato report!


  1. I've really enjoyed reading your end of year reports. Lots of good advice for me to bear in mind too!

  2. As you can see in the last year/this year pics in the end of year report, we've had it SO MUCH EASIER than you have, Claire!

    Looks like you are making fabulous progress on your plot - well done - and I love the blue shed!

  3. that monster grew up on barrys plot. ive likened him to the sloth offa the goonies!!! I still have him, cant bring myself to eat him - not sure if he'll taste great either!!

    Didnt see the pics in the paper but did see them on hill website, id liked to have been there, never mind!!

    Your blog is so much better than mine!! you must have to much time on yr hands!!

    see you soon, next visit for me will be satrdy morning, maybe see you there?

    PS. lovin' the scarecrow!! Reg recons her skirt blew off in the wind!


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