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...........

Monday, June 23, 2008

May Day, May Day!

…which brings us nicely to the month of May, in which I was mostly studying & taking exams – which is a slight exaggeration, but does excuse the lack of blog updates, perhaps.

I wasn’t slow to spend time at the Hill though, & with warmer weather & enough rain, the sap was definitely rising.

This encouraged me to sow a row of CARROTS (gonsenheimer) in plot B (roots), despite a singular lack of success with the previous two rows sown in mid March – I believe that we have a grand total of three seedlings there.

I popped a row of RADISH (saxa3) in that bed too, before having a marathon indoor sowing session with a few seeds of BROCCOLI (beaumont f1), CALABRESE (waltham), CAULIFLOWER (romanesco), KALE (sutherland), LETTUCE (webbs wonderful), SPINACH (samish f1) SPRING ONION (ishikura) & TURNIP (snowball).

In bigger pots I put in some CLIMBING FRENCH BEANS (barlotti, birds egg, purple giant, & barlotto lingua de fuoco), DWARF FRENCH BEANS (tendergreen, barlotto firetongue & boston) RUNNER BEANS (saved from last year) & some SWEETCORN (extra tender & true f1)

This little lot couldn’t wait to sprout along with last month’s sowings of KOHL RABI, & the potatoes are all roaring away too - and how gorgeous are these crimson flowered BROAD BEANS?

In fact the plot is shaping up really well – I spent a happy evening planting up plot A (misc) with the TOMATOES (harbinger, supersteak, nyagous black, bloody butcher, alicante, broad ripple yellow currant & paul Robeson) & SQUASH (buttercup, pomme d’or red kuri, redmolo & Thelma saunders).

And good news on the harvest front – I had the first of the SPINACH (samish f1) & a perfect LETTUCE (little gem) along with some RADISH (French breakfast).

...and still to come is my favourite month of the year - onwards and upward to flaming June...


  1. Welcome back nto Blogland Hazel! I've missed you! Things are loking good on your plot. Nice to see the Heritage veg are doing well. Hope you passed the exams.


  2. Thanks Flum! Your plot's looking good too - and I'm following your propagation exploits with interest!

  3. Hey, propagation! At my time of life? (With my reputation!?)
    Must have been on the Shiraz when I wrote that illiterate posting above - or just so excited to see you back!


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