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, May 18, 2009

Ready for Beans!

Yippee! The bean frame is completed & the first of the beans planted out!

The rain actually kept away today, despite the forecast being for blustery showers for the entire week so I hurried down to the Hill this evening.

The obstacle to completing the frame was the fact that I soon ran out of 8’ canes, but I tied in the ones that I did have into the cross wires & started to plant the DWARF FRENCH BEANS (emperor of Russia, hsl early warwick & triomphe de farcy) & CLIMBING FRENCH BEANS (pea bean & polish) at the completed end, by the path.

Jason walked past & we commiserated about the terrible rain at the weekend. “I was on shed duty yesterday,” he said “I sat on the compost sacks for an hour in the shed all on my own & listened to the rain on the roof. It’s a good job that I’m not on commission!”

Of course, I need some 8’ canes & he said that he had the shed key on him if I would like to buy some, & 10 minutes later I was striding back to the plot with a big bundle of 20 canes ready to push into place & tie securely – fantastic!

The final job was to stand on an upturned bucket & stretch up to pop a coloured ball on the top of each cane. Although, I know that there is not that much danger of the canes poking anyone in the eye, but it just seem to finish the job off somehow.

I cast a critical eye over the beds – all sprouting lavish weeds – & reflected that there is plenty to keep me busy this week if the rain does hold off…


  1. Thank you! Perhaps I should add some plastercine flowers?

  2. All looking fabbo - definitely needed the balls, they're almost your "house style"!

  3. Thanks, Bilbo - it's just a shame that the red ones fade in the sun (too mean to buy new ones, I'm afraid!)


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