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...........

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Beds Again...

Yesterday was a day of great industry at the Hill – which is just as well as we have snow flurries today, & I don’t think the temperature has risen very much above zero.

First off, I went to Wickes for more wood, then straight down to finish off the second bed (d1). The brassicas suffered somewhat – although the beds are nominally in the same place, my more accurate measuring of widths & paths mean that it all doesn’t quite match up.

Reg-next-plot arrived to cut down his Brussels sprouts plants to take home for stripping & freezing – he said that he was getting some vegetables whilst he can as the raw wind is straight from Siberia, just as it was in 1947 & we had 14’ of snow in the Midlands then.

When returning-allotmenteer-Chris came by a little later she told me her tales of snowy winters past in Gloucestershire when the village was cut off, with a wistful ‘ah, happy days!’

She went back & forth with wheelbarrows of manure, & I started on the third bed (c2). I ran out of wood again, but wanted to get this one out of the way, so had a second trip to collect another pack of wood & back to finish the bed.

Three down, five to go.

By this time I had had enough of saws, lump hammers, spirit levels & screwdrivers, so I picked some KALE (sutherland) & headed off home to defrost.


  1. To have such space for beds like that !! There are no allotments as such is New Zealand.. A very few community gardens but the allotment thing never happened here ... I wish it had ...

    I will be growing Kale next time ...I read about it being highly "nutrient rich" ..I've actually never eaten it yet .....


  2. You are brave going out in this weather! I'm under several inches of snow this morning so have a good excuse not to go out in the garden.

  3. You have really got the DIY thing going there girl - well done! More power to your screwdriver, or something.
    Snuggling up here too. I suspect a number of local schools will be closed. I didn't see the bus to the Big School in Beverley leaving the village this morning.

  4. Kale is great, Dinzie - and the hardiest veg in the world! I'll grow curly kale (rather than flat leafed) next time round, I think - it looks so good on the plate.

    We haven't had as much snow as in the South East, but it's icy this morning on top of our couple of inches of snow from yesterday, and the schools are closed here too.

    Oh well - it might clear up at the weekend, and I've had another play with my seeds in the meantime!


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