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 15, 2009

¿Y Viva España?

A lovely evening tonight, so I went & planted out some FRENCH BEANS (contender), hoofed up the bolting LETTUCE (hsl stoke), trimmed back the SWISS CHARD (bright lights) & did some weeding in the messy roots bed.

Once this maintenance work was done, I turned to the picking – a COURGETTE (yellow golden), PEAS (lancashire lad & ne plus ultra), a few slender FRENCH BEANS (triomphe de farcy, early warwick & emperor of russia) & a big handful of sweetpeas.

Then I dug up the holiday POTATOES that I brought back from Tenerife (here being inspected by Domino the cat) – they are a white potato with red eyes. I’ll see if they taste anything like the ones over there – although I suspect not, as I think that the flavour of potatoes owes as much to the soil that they are grown in as the variety…


  1. I think both soil and variety add their bit into the equation. I know that people say International Kidney (Jersey Royal when it's at home) although a lovely spud, doesn't quite taste the same. You might be surprised and find they are better than you remembered!

    Patatas bravas?

  2. I think you are right about the flavour of the potatoes. I LOVE the potatoes I eat on Madeira island, they are grown on the rich volcanic soil. I don't think they would taste the same grown on London clay!

  3. I'm hoping that they'll turn out like the Papas arrugadas - those salty little beggars they serve with mojo sauce - I'll give 'em a whirl at the weekend.

    I think you're both right about the soil - perhaps I should have brought some Mount Tiede volcano ash back with me to grow them in!


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