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, April 05, 2009

Tidying, Beds, Tea & Biscuits!

Having run out of gravel trays in which to sow any more pots of seeds, I was glad that the PEAS (stephens) were ready for planting out this weekend. That was the first job on the list on Saturday – in fact, besides a vague goal of beefing up the raised beds where necessary & to ‘do something’ about the side of the plot bordering neighbour Ted’s, that was the only job on the list.

Once I’d planted out the peas & slipped extra side pieces in on bed b2 (which has stopped the soil sneaking out underneath & onto the bark paths) I turned to the area between the end of the beds & the fruit bushes bordering neighbour Ted’s plot. Having battled with deep rooted dandelions & turned in some foot-cube tussocks in the week, I’ve realised that this sort of weeding is no fun at all, & I’d prefer not to have to do this again.

I’ve decided therefore to put weed fabric & bark chipping all up this side too – how neat! But first, the area needs to be fairly weed free (grass tussock free at the very least) & firm & level. The immediate problem here is that four of the KALE (Sutherland) plants are in the way, & still producing the most wonderful leaves for picking. This has been a really fabulous crop, & I’ll definitely grow this again it just keeps going & going, so my path plans are going to have to hold on until the plants are finished.

In fact, I picked a bagful of the kale, a couple of stray LEEKS (mrs d) & RED CABBAGE (sprouting) to take home for tea.

The lack of definition of beds a1 & a2 where ‘castle carrot’ is will get on my nerves before too long (never mind the weeds) and so I today I wanted to see if I could continue to peg out these two remaining beds without disturbing the planted onion sets. Not really, is the answer to that, however I did put in part of the side of bed a2, & fixed down the full other side, so at least I can get that path in next weekend.

I was just finishing off by sowing a row of RADISH (long white icicle) when Julie called down to ask if I wanted a cup of tea – at which point cheery Brian & Pauline arrived, as well as John Badger from the bottom. So we all had a sit down & a gossip – & even had chocolate digestives – fantastic!


  1. blimey this blogs good! you should be up for a prize surely!! anyway Hi! i came across this plotbuilder site which I thought was really good and thought id share it with you


    see you the weekend!


  2. Hazel, not tried it myself but have been told the flowering shoots of kale are better than Purple Sprouting.
    All this construction work, have you developed "builders bum" yet?

  3. Thanks for that, Jody - I'll have a look at that link.

    The kale will bolt in due course, Peter, and then I'll let you know!

  4. I'm a big fan of that black membrane and bark chippings. Used it very successfully in previous garden (including as the floor for a greenhouse - lovely and soft underfoot) and will be doing the same between our veg beds.

    Looks like a very sociable (and amusing) end to you day . . .


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