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, July 21, 2008

Let them eat cake...again!

Well a quick trip to the Hill tonight to do a little watering yielding this SPRING CABBAGE – what a cracker! Not quite sure how it is supposed to fit in the fridge, though!

I did a very good job of weeding the unsatisfactorily messy pea plot, & by taking out the giant spring cabbage & planting five KALE (Sutherland) & a BROCOLLI (beaumont) – covering them with the cage – the whole plot looks much better.

I saw cheery Brian & Pauline – Brian tells me that looking at my blog has nudged them into getting their own site up & running. They’ve published before, so the transition to an online newsletter should be straightforward – I look forward to contributing, if they’ll have me! I’ve added their site to the list on the right – it’ll give another viewpoint to life at the Hill!

I was just packing up when I saw Jason (behind retired Maureen) who had come to spray his runner beans. I invited myself down for a guided tour – he has at least one eye on the Hill Show in three weeks, & I’m sure that he’ll have some wonderful crops to show. I’ve decided to show everything that I have ready, regardless of if I think they are any good or not – you never know after all!

Oh – & the cake section has a category for Marble Cake again, so let’s see if I can improve on last year’s third place. Out of three…..


  1. cabbage for the month lovely!! just in case you are wonderin I took the liberty of watering yr toms earlier, they were looking in need of a good drink! so i gave it to them! hope thats ok, I know how much you really wanted to water them!
    see you the wkend

  2. You are not wrong about the cabbage - it tastes great, but conceals some pretty grusome slugs! ha ha!

    You are a complete sweetheart for watering the toms! Many thanks!

    I must buy some feed from the shed at the weekend as the whole plot could do with a 'boost' - I have my sights set on the show, you know!!

    Thanks again, Jody, and see you at the weekend!

  3. Good girl for entering everything you can. It all adds to the fun. And as you said, you never know ....

  4. Hi gals...I've been reading off and on for a while and really like your blog.

    That looks like a huge cabbage. I didn't plant any this year. I've got some things ready to put in for the Fall season...kale, swiss chard, broccoli, cutting celery, and one more try at Florence fennel.

  5. Thanks for your kind words, Primrozie!

    We didn't have an awful lot of success with the celery last year, so I'm not bothering - although if I could find a foolproof variety, I'd give it another go.

    We've not tried Florence fennel - it looks like a veg in the 'advanced' manual, so perhaps one to tackle next year...


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