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, March 24, 2009

The Knee Bone's Connected to the...Thigh Bone...

So the seed sowing goes like this:

  • Seeds are sown in modules/pots in trays & put on the warm kitchen or office windowsill
  • Seeds sprout then the trays are put on the cold spare room windowsill
  • Then they go on the warmest part (top shelf) of the mini greenhouse
  • They move down a shelf or two as they grow bigger
  • When nearly ready for planting out they go onto the bench or the garden wall
  • They are planted out

In practice, of course it only works more or less as the above – logjams notwithstanding as things sprout/grow at different rates – & of course when I sow some more seeds and run out of room on the warm windowsills, then everything has to shuffle up a notch, whether they like it or not.

And as the end of the week approaches the bench & garden wall are choc-a-block ready for planting out at the weekend.

And then as the end of the month approaches, the warm windowsills are clear, ready for next months sowing.

I love it when a Plan comes together!


  1. And people think gardening is a simple pastime? We need to get you a nice heated greenhouse with loads of space (and a lottery win to pay for it).

  2. Just cleared my windowsills - then filled them again with tomato sowings!
    At the sharp end, I've planted out some broadies and have plans today to plant out 2 types of pea.
    Shuffle, shuffle!

  3. Ok you lot - stop right there!!!, you're making me feel bad. I don't have anything to plant out yet.

    Hey ho, won't say anything else, some of us have seeds to set!

  4. Hi,
    I found your blog looking for a parsnip wine recipe and stayed to read. I've been catching up on your old posts and am very impressed with how much you've done.
    We're just starting our second year on an allotment (much smaller site than yours- no cheap beer unfortunately!)but as we've moved plots it's a bit like starting again.
    We have a few seeds sown- must do more...

    Hazel #2(AKA Hazel N)

  5. Ah, Bilbo, but if I had a heated greenhouse then I'd need an unheated greenhouse to harden things off...perhaps wish patience for me instead to sow things in their season!

    I see that Flum is also doing the windowsill hokey-cokey - and Clare, my sweet, do not fret because all your plants will catch up! Oh - would you nudge KK about the video editing? Breathtaking views of the viaduct the other day, by they way.

    And spooky spooky - I thought that I'd posted in my sleep, but no! Welcome, Hazel - I've posted more about my parsnip wine on the GYO Grapevine (link on the right bar) if you wish for further detail - I must say it was a resounding success despite Vegetable Heaven casting nasturtiums! Hope to see you here again soon. :)

  6. Vegetable Heaven LOVES nasturtiums! I still don't like vegetable wines though!

  7. Have just discovered your blog and really enjoyed reading it.Well done.

  8. Nice to 'meet' you Jim and Barbara - thank you for stopping by!


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