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...........

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


What a beautiful evening to go to the Hill – I wanted to dig some POTATOES (mum having snaffled the ones I had ready to eat this evening) & it doesn’t take much of an excuse for me to nip over to spend time there.

The plot is looking good – even the row of CARROTS (gonsonheimer) seems to be doing ok. Whilst admiring the BEANS, though, I did have a bit of a thought. Given that we had a runner bean overload last year, I’ve sensibly only got only one row of a dozen or so plants in this year.

However, there are four 4’ rows of dwarf French beans, & a further four rows of climbing beans, which is now starting to look like rather a lot, even though some of them are for drying.

Whilst contemplating this, I tidied up the BROAD BEANS, picking a couple of pounds or so, & chopping back some of the stems, then turned to the potatoes. I forked up just one of the orla haulms, & was delighted with the yield – weighing a grand total of 3¼lb! Not perhaps as tasty as the lady cristl, but certainly more prolific.

I had a look at the PEAS – there should be a good portion for Jane if she comes to the Hill at the weekend – & I picked the most beautiful bunch of sweetpeas.

You’ll recall that it was my big sister Helen who suggested growing flowers for cutting – I was not altogether convinced but I have to say that as ever she’s spot on – look at these beauties from just 3 seeds which germinated out of a pack of 35, & they smell fantastic too!


  1. Hiya!
    you may have noticed the appearance of a couple of tools in your shed. I took the liberty of storing them in there after finding my Hoe to have rotted in the down pours and nearly breaking my neck as I jabbed it in to the ground with my full wieght behind it!
    Hope you dont mind but I hadnt got the keys to barrys shed on me at the time and you didnt seem to have much in there anyway! except for a bunch of wasps

  2. I've nearly speared myself with a rotton bamboo cane before now doing that.

    You are most welcome, of course - I just hope you didn't get stung!

    Your shallots are looking good, by the way - I must do more for next year!


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