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, April 13, 2009

What a Difference a Week Makes!

I have given some time over to tending the front of the plot this week – which is one of the joys of not battling the weeds on the rest of the plot all the while. A quick flick over the beds with the hoe & the job’s a good ‘un.

The front of the plot is looking superb with all the tulips & daffodils in flower. They've all come so far in the last few days, & the wallflowers just starting - these are the photos from the 4th April & yesterday. Thinking ahead for when these are over, I planted out some poached egg, marigold, nasturtium & cornflower seedlings, & gave the leftover seedlings to Paul & Gill (at the front by the gate) who are making steady progress getting to know the plot.

I pulled a whole load of rhubarb (gave Paul & Gill some of this too) and came home to start off a batch of rhubarb wine. I had a lovely surprise this week when I found a long lost bottle of last year's rhubarb wine in the garage - brilliant!

It's not all been flowers - tonight I've planted out half a dozen CAULIFLOWER (all the year round), CALABRESE (waltham) & BRUSSELS SPROUTS (bedford filbasket), & thinned out the PARSNIPS (guernsey) to one per station, & sowed a row of RADISH (white icicle).

And much as I love the KALE (sutherland), I do keep looking at the broad beans - which are likely to be the first of the new season veg - can't wait!


  1. Broad beans - My favourite :O)

    Your plot looks great :O)


  2. Those rhubarb leaves are positively verdant, and what a difference a week makes. Careful though, all this growing pretty stuff - we'll have you completely corrupted eventually!

    What is the large bush at the end of your raised bed next to the flowers?

  3. Don't a few flowers brighten up a plot? I had Opium Poppies last year but I think the word is getting around that I'm strange!


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