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, August 17, 2009

Brown Gold!

A satisfying, if grubby evening at the Hill tonight. Once I cycled there, the job I wanted to tackle was to empty the compost bin that has been working away for the last few months – mainly as I have no room at all in the other bin for cuttings & weeds which makes keeping the plot tidy rather tricky.

It was a lot easier to empty this one than the other – it was just a case of undoing a couple of wire ties & taking off the front pallet. It was even easier to empty out & ferry in the big bucket to bed a2 (which will be spuds next year) as Jason (behind retired Maureen) had come up to chat about this & that & was press-ganged into giving me a hand with the heavy bucket.

Once the bin was reassembled, I started to fill it again with grass & flower cuttings from the front of the plot, bolting swiss chard, & the rather satisfying addition of one of the gooseberry bushes – which was much easier to dig up with the fork than I thought.

I picked a few RUNNER BEANS (reg next plot), a COURGETTE (green bush), a LETTUCE (little gem), a CUCUMBER (tasty burpless) & some sweetpeas before watering the prize pumpkin with a disgustingly smelly comfrey feed, before making my less than fragrant way home…


  1. I always get a kick out of making compost something from nothing...The garden loves the stuff so it's always well worth the effort


  2. That stuff looks a bit tasty! I'm trying not to think about what will be involved when we eventually empty/move that big bin I built in the Coppice area.

  3. I keep meaning to have a look at mine. Since I emptied them in Spring they've had regular doses of chicken poo. Should be dynamite!

  4. I still can't quite believe it, Dinzie - weeds in + time = brilliant compost!

    Am I right in thinking that you built two bins, Bilbo? One for filling, one for 'cooking'. In either case you have your natty truck for compost moving, and you'll be surprised how the beds/garden eats up precious compost!

    I bet you could've boiled a fresh laid egg on the top of your composters, Flum - hot stuff, chicken poo!


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