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 28, 2008

We're all doing it!

I can see that I’m going to have to mind my p’s and q’s round here from now on! Hot on the heels of cheery Brian & Pauline’s blog from plot 20b, John (the-plot-down-the-bottom) is at it too! I’ve added a link to his blog on the right hand side – I love to see the views of the different plotholders & it’ll provide a rather more rounded view of our allotment community than just my two-penn’th!

I would have said some nice words about John & what an allround good egg he is – & how he’s always got a friendly word, & his enthusiasm for whipping up the community spirit at the Hill (including organising the seed swap & cataloguing the library of gardening books & magazines available to all), but I won’t as he’ll only be embarrassed by it all, I’m sure. Ha!

Today has been hot & muggy, & sure enough we’ve had a thunderstorm this evening. Only enough to tickle the surface, but extremely welcome, nonetheless.

I went to the Hill in the fresh aftermath of the storm to pick a few FRENCH BEANS (early warwick) to have with my salad for tea, and decided to dig a few of the POTATOES (edzul blue). These are second earlies, & the haulms have died down showing that they are ready to dig. I have high hopes of these for the show – talking of which, big sister Helen confirms that she will be here for that weekend (hurrah!) and 'should she bring a cake?'


Honestly, it's bad enough facing stiff competition from the others on the site without my own sister beating me hands down! Actually, she can bring along some of her homegrown raspberry jam if she wants to win something – although I may enter my concrete consistancy blackcurrant & raspberry that I made the other week (on the 'if you have it you must show it' principle), it is rather unlikely to earn a winner's certificate anyway...


  1. Those Edzel Blues look the business Hazel. I once grew some sort of Scottish black potato whose name escapes me (silver haired moment!) and couldn't find them all in my dark soil. I've had the little blighters coming up as volunteeers for years!
    Shetland Black. It's not all gone!

  2. I've gone the other way and collected a number of promising looking tubers into my bucket which are, in fact, stones!

  3. Morning Hazel, thanks for the nice comment about Blondie, I have left a reply for you at Bag End.

    I'm really worried about you and Mrs Flummery and all these black potatoes - reminds me of food dyed green for St Patrick's Day . . . not a good memory!

  4. Hi Hazel
    Re the poster -Thnx, i try my best! Theres still loads of A5 flyers in the shed you could hand out. I can also get more printed no probs.

    Ive also done some large A2 size but as yet Ive not seen them in use. I was hoping they would go in the bar.

    Im goin to put the flyer up on my blog aswell as a little advert. I can send it to you aswell if you like?

    As for the peas, ive got mountains of em in the freezer. I the imortal words of tony the tiger - They're Great!

    PS. how you feel about giving a brief wine making class? I fancy a go! - you cant beat cheap booze!

  5. fancy advertising the annual show on yr blog?? goto new post, isert image and cut n paste the address below into the URL section and it should appear, hopefully!


  6. hi hazel ignore the last link ive had trouble getting it to work. if you still want to put something up use:



  7. Thanks, Jody - I'll give it a whirl when I update later...


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