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, June 08, 2009

The Role of the Modern Allotment Site. Discuss.

It actually stayed dry all day today, so I went to the Hill this evening with a couple of trays of RUNNER BEANS (essex bb) & FRENCH BEANS (hsl birds egg) to plant out. It is, of course, now June, & looking at my allotment plan, I still have beans to sow, so I really should be getting a bit of a move on.

Jason (behind retired Maureen) was delivering letters to each plot setting out the rules with regard to hosepipe use – i.e. not allowed except for the filling of water butts.

The Council want us to cut our water use (ultimate sanction, being chucked off the plot), & we discussed this, growing methods to counter restricted water supply, then traditional allotment use, increasing allotment popularity (the reasons for & the consequences of), changing attitudes of society to environmental issues & implications for farmers, town planning & food import. Then we had a gossip.

I picked some RADISH (French breakfast 3) & I couldn’t resist picking half a dozen broad beans for eating whole with my tea tonight.

And tonight it has started to rain again…


  1. Will you quit hogging all that rain? Please send some of it over here (although having just looked at the MWIS forecast for the week, it's not looking likely)

  2. Echoing Bilbo here. Dry but cold all weekend and looks set the same in the week. I'm carrying the can again!

  3. *flaps arms at clouds

    Let's see if I can shoo some your way - I'm sure that it's an anomoly that we have more rain than you two do!


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