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...........

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Vampire Exclusion Zone!

It has been cooler & fresher over the last few days, but it was still a lovely evening at the Hill.

When I arrived I saw just how much everything likes this weather – the beans racing up the poles & the squash have dinner-plate leaves.

As I dug up the last of the POTATOES (dunluce), novice neighbour Jody arrived, & he cut courgettes – round, yellow & green, & we chatted as I planted out the last of the LEEKS where the new potatoes had been.

The GARLIC has now got a bad dose of rust, so I dug up the thirty good sized bulbs, & they are now drying on the bench here at home, then I turned to picking PEAS (gladstone & stephens) & BROAD BEANS (barry plot 19 & crimson flowered).

These are all pretty much near the end of the run, but there’s more pea varieties to come, & the final batch of broad beans (witkiem manita) are in flower.


  1. You just can't have enough home grown garlic :O). Though I read it was going out of fashion! No one wants to smell of garlic any more ....


  2. Don't know about vampires, it looks like your squash plants are making a bid for world domination!

  3. I never do particularly well with garlic. Shame, because I love it. I've tried spring and autumn sown varieties and they are always disappointing. Stick to what you're good at, I say - I might have time to sow more peas! I agree - your squashes look magnificent.

  4. I don't see it going out of fashion round here, Dinzie!

    Yeah - I'm getting a bit worried about the squash - they looked pretty lost in that bed when planted out, they look 'comfy' now, so what about in a month's time...

    Have you tried a few cloves in a corner in the new lottie, Flum? It wouldn't do any harm to chuck half a dozen in and ignore them over winter?


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