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, July 21, 2009

Grey Day...

Today’s grey weather & non stop heavy drizzle has not helped the mood, although it did stop me going to the Hill & brooding about blight. If it’s remotely dry tomorrow I will be giving everything another dousing of dithane, although it’s not much good being clever after the event.

Why didn’t I spray when I first thought about it on Saturday, or when Reg-next-plot first told me he’d sprayed his spuds a couple of weeks ago? Tut.

Funnily enough, I’m not so worried about the tomatoes – I have six plants in buckets at home which give me a back up, & lack of great success the last couple of years means I haven’t got my hopes too high anyway.

No, it’s the potatoes – they’ve been so fabulous the last couple of years that I’d hate to lose them. I’ve got used to going into the garage & picking a few out for tea – & not only that, but having a choice of jackets, boilers or mashers.

I’ll dig up the last of the second early osprey potatoes when I can next get to the Hill, & I’m thinking about the maincrops too – they’ve been in 17 wks this weekend, so maybe will be big enough to dig.

Thinking ahead, the peas are coming to an end, so I want to plant the brassicas out in their place, but looking at the potbound seedlings at home (too early sowing these!), I thought I’d better get some more seeds in so I sowed BROCCOLI (raab 60 day) & CABBAGE (greyhound) along with SPRING ONIONS (white lisbon) & LETTUCE (arctic king) in a tray of modules which are definitely worth looking forward to…


  1. All that rain won't help eh .. .damp conditions are great for Blight ....


  2. I hope you salvage those spuds Hazel. I only grow first and seciond earlies so I rarely get troubled by blight.

  3. Yup, got it here too. The toms are going down like ninepins and the potatoes are beginning to show signs. I love tomatoes fresh from the plant but, this being my 3rd blight ridden year I am thinking of giving up :-(

  4. I'm certainly going to spray both the tomatoes and potatoes as a preventative next year like Reg-next-plot does.

    I hope to get down to see how things are looking later, weather permitting.

  5. ...except I'll be using something copper based which is classified as organic, and I think that Reg-next-plot will spray with something banned under the chemical weapons convention...


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