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, April 08, 2010

A Lovely Surprise!

On the way home after being out & about in the last of the day's sunshine, I couldn't resist the short detour to the Hill - I wasn't dressed for it, & didn't have anything to actually do, but I did enjoy a mooch round just to see what was what.

I spotted straight away that Reg-next-plot had been busy - some while ago he offered me some of his autumn raspberry canes which he said he would be thinning out in due course, so we discussed where I'm going to put them & I have prepared a trench ready, along side the summer raspberry canes.

He said that if I wasn't there when he dug them up, he would 'heel' them in at one end of the trench ready for when I could split & plant them properly, but - damn me - he's very kindly spaced them along the trench & planted them up - brilliant!

After admiring these for some while, I had a look round the rest of the plot.
Next time I must wait until the lettuce are bigger before them planting out - I've lost a couple from the 6 planted out at the weekend, & I think that they would stand a better chance if they were more robust to start with.

No sign of the potatoes/carrots/parsnips/latest batch of radish sprouting, & the kale is looking like it'll bolt soon, so I picked a big handful of 'tops' to try to delay the inevitable for a while & came home in the dusk for supper.


  1. Aren't gardeners nice people? Big thank you to Reg, those canes look great.

  2. What a kind thought. My lottie neighbour (who is also my 'real' neighbour) is like that. As Bilbo says, it goes with gardening!

  3. Raspberries are such good value if you get them settled in for a couple of years. They love a good thick mulch in the Spring, and they are just the most wonderful picking treat. Very few of them actually make it into the kitchen, in fact, my dog picks his own too!

  4. Generous souls, aren't they? I hope that I do my bit too, though - & I'm glad I gave those strawberry plants to retired Maureen.

    Thank for the raspberry advice, Matron - even with summer & autumn varieties to extend the season, I don't think that many will make it to the kitchen either!


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