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...........

Friday, July 18, 2008

So THAT'S how you do it...

I went to the Hill & cut a couple of LETTUCE (iceberg) for friends yesterday – they are going over a bit really, & they do have some nibbles in the leaves. Nothing that I would worry about, but not everyone is as robust as I am with regard to finding small slugs in their food…

I also had another crack at tidying up the BROAD BEANS – in fact, I picked a couple of kilos of the crimson flowered ones which has just about finished those now.

Whilst admiring the beans, I realised that there were plenty of the FRENCH BEANS (early warwick) ready for a couple of portions, & the wonderful sweet peas continue to give me half a dozen stems every couple of days.

I was glad to see cheery Brian and Pauline – I looked round their lovely cottagy plot, & then picked Pauline’s expert brain with regard to the rather solid jam that I made the other day, & had a masterclass in jam making – fantastically helpful, I must say.

Back home I sowed 4 little pots of SPRING ONIONS (white Lisbon) and LETTUCE (little gem), & also some TOMATO seeds (red choice) – I’d had such tasty tomatoes from Waitrose last week that I thought that I’d take a leaf out of Kath at Vegetable Heaven’s book (her blog is listed on the right) & save some seeds to see what will grow, so I’m just checking that they are viable.

Of course they may not come true if they are an F1 variety, but that’s all part of the fun!


  1. So my evil ways are wearing off on you eh Hazel? Free tomato seeds has a lovely ring to it!

  2. Yes - it's all your fault!

    I also thought of you when I sowed the Red Choice tomato as they were grown in East Yorks...

    I hadn't realised just how many seeds there are in a tomato - I have enough to keep me going for the rest of my days, should I so wish!

    I take it that any seedlings that I get won't make it through to maturity this year?

  3. Sounds like a plan! count me in on the green manure. will sort out with you when i cu, which will hopefully be the wkend.

    PS. you may have found a bag in yr shed the other day. It was me! I locked myself out of my car, house keys and mobile to boot! had to walk home a wait until 8.30pm for the wife to finish work. Bummer! again thnx for the loan of yr shed.


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