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...........

Thursday, January 07, 2010


We had about 4” of snow on Monday & Tuesday, & very, very pretty it was too. And it still is very pretty, although rather crunchy underfoot given the low temperatures that persist – for example the forecast for tonight is -8 degrees, which is startlingly low for round here.

It’s not all Christmas card loveliness, of course – predictably, the country has ground to a complete halt, & with the very cold weather, the pavements are icy, & the roads treacherous – I daren’t take the car out the garage.

It’s also bloody freezing, & I am getting fed up with wearing fifteen layers, & having to dress as if for Everest base camp even when just nipping up the road for a paper.

This properly cold winter spell is excellent though, as it should kill off the whitefly if nothing else, so that’s good news, & although I’ve eaten all the parsnip, swede & leek which I had from the Hill at the weekend with further supplies frozen in situ, I still have the freezer at home to raid for peas, broad & runner beans...


  1. You're absolutely right about killing off pests, do you think it might reduce slug numbers? (she asks with fingers crossed)

  2. -8 yikes ....too cold for me never mind the bugs :O)


  3. All my winter staples are frozen in the ground Hazel. Sounds like they'll be there all month!

  4. Hi Hazel
    Just started my own blog, in case you are interested. Can't compete with yours as it's so good. Will try a slightly different take. Hope this gets to you as just feeling my way about at the moment.
    Chris off 2A

  5. Although the cold temps are seen as welcome as they kill off the whitefly/bugs (and slugs eggs too, I guess, Bilbo) it makes me wonder if the cold doesn't kill off the goodies too?

    To be fair, Dinzie, this is not typical Midlands weather - the winter is being compared to one in the early 80's, then one in the early 60's - so a once in a generation event - are you having a hotter summer than normal?

    Even getting to the Hill has been out-of-bounds, let alone trying to dig anything up, Flum! This weekend the big thaw, I hope...

    I've added your blog to my blog-roll, Christine - I can keep an eye on you there! {grin}


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