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, July 09, 2008

Not quite peas a-plenty!

So it was off to the Hill yesterday evening with a mission – the next batch of wine will be pea pod, for which I need 2.25kg of pea pods. How many would that be then? I tried to find the answer to this on the internet, but with no luck, so there was nothing else for it - I took the scales with me to the Hill.

I picked 10 pods, podded the peas & ate them.

I weighed the pods.

10 empty pea pods weigh 50g, so I will be needing 450 pea pods. (For further reference, full pea pods weigh half as much again, so you'd need 3.4kg of peas from the greengrocer to get 2.25kg of pods.)

I picked 300 ready pods from the messy, badly staked kelvedon wonder, & also from the elegant heritage variety pilot, which totalled about 2/3 of a carrier bag.

Not enough! But never fear, the pods can be frozen, so podding, blanching & freezing peas, & their pods is a job for this evening, & hopefully I can pick enough to make up the balance at the weekend.

The tomatoes are looking good – I re-armpitted them & re-tied them to their stakes. Most have flowers, & even a baby tomato or two in evidence, & the warm & showery weather has really brought the squash on.

I bought a perfect LETTUCE (iceberg) home, & a couple of portions of BROAD BEANS – which really are delicious. How can Jane say that she doesn’t like these?

Good news at home with the BROAD BEANS (violetta) just beginning to show their heads in their pots. They have taken their time, I must say – but I am very pleased that I will have more broadies to come after the current lot are finished.

And for some reason it has taken my pea brain from Saturday until today to realise that the perfect place to dry the onions is in the mini greenhouse – the ol’ cogs are turning a bit slowly, there!


  1. "I picked 10 pods, podded the peas & ate them."

    Any excuse to eat peas straight out of the pod and, why not I'd say.

    Great idea on drying the onions - as you know, I have a similar greenhouse and will deffo be giving that a try.

  2. The peas have not been one of the better successes (at least the Kelvedon Wonder haven't) due to the lack of sensible supports for them, and the pigeons have a good old go at them when they were seedlings, yet they have produced all those pods!

    Just think how many we would have had if I'd have given them better conditions...

    Live and learn, though, live and learn.


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