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...........

Sunday, February 28, 2010

End of Winter?

The snow has finally melted, but has given way to what seems like interminable days of cold drizzle & a sharp wind - not the weather to inspire outdoor work of any sort. I would like to move the strawberrys into their new home in the square fruit bed, but this weekend I had no enthusiasm for the job.

At home I've been watching seeds sprouting - all 15 of the BROAD BEANS (self saved) are up, & these along with the LEEKS (self saved & hsl early market) & SPRING ONIONS (apache) have been moved into the mini greenhouse to join the January sown ONIONS (hi keeper f1) (which look weedy in the extreme) & sweet peas in their root trainers.

Some of the PARSNIPS (self saved) are up in their kitchen rolls too, & the February sowing of LETTUCE (mini green & arctic king) - I must pot these on into indivual pots when I next have a sowing session.

I did go to the Hill briefly this afternoon, however, as I wanted to make a short sowing of RADISH (scarlet globe) in February, & also to collect some veg to eat this week.

In fact I cycled there, which was rather beyond the call of duty (it nearly killed me - but I do feel remarkable virtuous now) - I dug up a couple of LEEKS, a small portion of CURLY KALE, & today's prize of beautifully coloured purple & green BRUSSELS SPROUTS (falstaff).

Maybe March will finally bring some Spring weather - I've had enough of the wintery stuff now...


  1. Those sprouts look beautiful. Too beautiful to eat (can you tell I detest sprouts?)

    We have sunshine today - maybe the end is in sight!

  2. Great post, we are looking forward to getting our radishes going soon. For anyone that is thinking of getting a minigreenhouse for their garden or allotment, I suggest having a look at www.minigreenhouse.org.uk.

    There are some really useful tips on there for choosing what is right for your needs and they are not trying to ram sales patter down your throat.


  3. What pretty sprouts!

    You might be frustrated that you haven't been to The Hill as much as you would have liked recently but don't forget that all your lovely raised beds are built and ready to be planted as soon as the weather allows, which is more than some people can say {grin}.

  4. Like you, I have been lacking somewhat in enthusiasm. I walked over to look at my plot on Saturday, and although not suitably attired decided to dig up the remaining parsnips - and very good they were too. I've made a large pot of soup with them. Each time I walk past your plot I have to stand and admire your hard work - it looks quite magnificent!
    Call and see my snowdrops - they are at their best.

  5. A bit more springlike today here in Lincolnshire, but still quite cold. You are well ahead of me - I haven't sown any seeds yet! I have left you an award on my blog. I hope you will accept, you are not obliged to pass it on. I just thought I would let you know that I like your blog. You can find it here

  6. Each to their own, Flum - you can have my spinach allocation if I can have your sprouts & parsnips.

    Welcome, CarBasics & thank you for the pointer to an interesting site.

    Glad someone appreciates my pretty sprouts, Bilbo! It's going to have to be more than the current temps to get me out from behind glass - but the broad beans will want planting out soon enough...

    I think I've had almost all the parsnips out now, Chris - and I'll see if the weathers good enough to tempt me out on Sat morning.

    A welcome to you too, Rumpleteazer, and thank you for the award! Most kind, thank you. :)


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