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...........

Saturday, January 16, 2010

And After The Snow...

...comes the thaw. With the temperatures at a balmy 6 degrees for the last couple of days, the snow has admitted defeat & retreated to all but the most inaccessible of verges, & it is now very soggy underfoot indeed.

I didn't go to the Hill today - as it happens, I was otherwise occupied anyway, but reading returning allotmenteer Christine's blog entry I am very glad that I didn't rush to find the time to go.

Whilst I was out & about, though, I spent a very enjoyable half hour browsing round the garden centre & treated myself - at long last - to some roottrainers (which are posh sowing modules), & a packet of sweet peas.

I then spent a very enjoyable half hour in the kitchen sowing the sweet peas, a pot with a few LETTUCE (dazzle & hsl stoke) & a larger pot with a few good pinches of LEEK saved from last year, which are hopefully viable.

Roll on Spring!


  1. Plenty of times now for the dry-out ;O)

    Have you a greenhouse ?


  2. The leeks should be fine. I'm still sowing the onion seeds Piglet gave me 3 years ago!

  3. The snow has also now retreated from our garden in Hampshire and lo and behold, three very small lettuces have appeared from under the blanket of snow. They were sown at the end of last summer as a last ditch attempt to get a final crop out of the pot and were so small I just left them - looks like they are more hardy than I thought!

  4. Just a plastic lean-to jobbie, Dinzie - good enough to start a few seeds off, & for some chillies in the summer.

    I'm worried that the self-saved leek seeds have ripened & dried properly, Flum, not that the seed is out of date. They've germinated seeds from the pyramids, a year or three in my seed box is nothing!

    Unusually heavy snow for your neck of the woods, Wendy. Funny you should say about lettuce - one of the plotholders has lettuces overwintering (with no protection), & says he has the earliest spring lettuce of all.

  5. Note to self: do not be inspired and motivated by what Hazel is doing and sow a load of seeds that you won't be able to plant out once they've germinated ....

  6. Promise yourself that once the g/h is delivered, you can sow, Bilbo - by the time that it is actually up and glazed your seeds will have germinated and be ready to go in it...


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