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...........

Sunday, June 29, 2008

So THIS is why I have an allotment...

…with nothing organised in the house for dinner tonight (baaaad housewife, Hazel!), I went to the Hill and picked BROAD BEANS (barry plot 19), PEAS (kelvedon wonder) and SPRING ONIONS (ishikura) and along with a couple of GARLIC CLOVES (Malvern) made a cracking risotto. I even used up some of the disgusting celery wine in the making of it! Hurrah!

But the work before the grub – I did a really good job of tidying the tomatoes by ‘armpitting’ them (pinching out the side shoots) and tying them to their stakes. Don’t the flowers look gorgeous!

While I had the string handy I turned to the climbing beans, which seem a bit slow to get the knack of twirling round their poles so I’ve shown them the way by tying them up too.

The only beans which didn’t seem to need tying to their poles were the barlotto lingua de fuoco – Jody kindly let me have a dozen or so seeds – and I think I’ve worked out why. I think that they are dwarf beans. D’oh!

Well I have not put poles in for nothing to grow up, so I’ll cram a row of peas in behind and rig some netting up to the poles, I think – live and learn!

I finished off with sowing a row of CARROT (gonsonheimer) & a row of RADISH (saxa3) in plot B (roots) & planting out three different sowing of SPRING ONION (ishikura) all of which looked a bit weedy in their pots. They will have to have some serious ambition to grow to be the size of the ones I bought home today…


  1. I've got climbing AND dwarf borlotti Hazel. My tall Ligua de fuoco are now at the top of their poles and grabbing passers-by. If you want me to send you some seeds in Autumn, just shout, chuck!

  2. Well, this has clearly caused me some confusion! Poor little things are going to look well daft squatting at the bottom of their sticks with all the other beans waving from on high!

    Would love of yours in the autumn, and although I seem to recall that you had 'birds egg', you may like some 'purple giant' in return? I'll pop some pics up in due course so you can have a look...

  3. Purple Giant sounds great - look forward to the pics! Yes, I do have Birds Egg.


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