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, June 26, 2008

Flaming June...

…is not living up to its name – it’s raining as I type & it’s been virtually gale force winds today & last Sunday, & rain most of Saturday too.

It’s not all bad weather, though – I love the light nights, & most evenings I can find an excuse to just nip over to the Hill’, if only to do a little light weeding…& a bit more light weeding…as Novice Neighbour Jody once remarked, ‘weeding is really addictive, isn’t it – you just can’t stop’ which I do agree with!

There have been quite a number of evenings that I’ve not got home to start cooking dinner till well after 9pm, but I’m making the most of it – after all, there are plenty of dark & inclement months.

I’ve done some direct sowing in the last couple of weeks – a couple of rows of BEETROOT (bolthardy) with which I plan to make pickle, a row of CARROTS (gonsenheimer) & RADISH (saxa3), all of which have sprouted very quickly.
I’ve planted out all of the pot sown climbing & dwarf FRENCH BEANS (with the exception of some POLE BEANS which I had as a seed swap at the Hill allotment shed – these are very slow to get going, so I hope they are ok ) which are all romping away.

This evening I’ve sown some BROAD BEANS (violetta) in pots to plant out for a late crop – I’ll keep a couple of the plants to grow for seed at mum’s where they won’t cross with any other beans. They are an unusual purple seeded variety – the seed arrived through the post some weeks ago most unexpectedly from a very generous member of the GYO Grapevine – thank you, Flum.

Whilst I was ‘in the potting shed’, I put all the brassica seedlings into bigger pots. These will be planted out in plot D (legumes) for eating over winter & include SPROUTS (Bedford filbasket & Falstaff), CABBAGE (red sprouting), CAULIFLOWER (all the year round) & CALABRESE (Waltham).

It’s also the time of year to start to scoff the produce! Hurrah! I’ve had the first mouth-watering POTATOES (lady crystl & orla) as well as the first of the BROAD BEANS (barry plot 19), TURNIPS (snowball), LETTUCE (webbs wonderful & chartwell), RADISH (saxa3), SPINACH (samish f1) & I have enjoyed the incomparable, delightful taste of the first of the PEAS (kelvedon wonder). Yum yum!

1 comment:

  1. I've harvested some Lady Crystl and Orla too. Aren't the Lady Crystl just sumptuous? I'll be growing those again!


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