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, May 31, 2010

Peas, Potatoes & Planting Out

I've had a busy bank holiday weekend, although only part of if it at the Hill - there was some most welcome light rain for most of Saturday & yesterday I was otherwise occupied.

Looking at the seedlings still at home on the bench or in the mini greenhouse, it stuck me that not only are the tomato seedlings looking rather small, it is the end of May and I have quite a lot of seedlings still to get planted out.

The tomato plants will benefit from being put into their buckets (these will be in the courtyard garden at home, hopefully safe from blight), but that's a job for another day, so I packed the various pots into the car along with the trowel & headed to the Hill.

A scrutinise of the plot reveals that Saturday's rain had done very little good - although there are flowers on the PEAS (red flowered) & 3" long pods on the BROAD BEANS (witkiem manita) - I'll be picking some of these next weekend, I think, to eat whole.

After I planted out the FRENCH BEANS (contender), MARROW (long green bush 2), COURGETTE (black beauty), PUMPKIN (bag end) & BUTTERNUT SQUASH (brampton), I got the watering can out & got busy giving all the plants a good drink.

I got bored of this by the time I got to the furthest beds from the tap - which was a bit of a shame as these are the potato beds, and stood to benefit the most from a good watering, but there you go. I did have a poke around under one of the potato plants to see if they are ready to harvest (answer: not yet - this one is about an inch across).

Before I left I popped down to John Badger (at the bottom)'s plot to drop a note off to thank him for collecting some empty wine bottles for me.

When I'd enquired at the homebrew shop about larger corks to fit into the necks of screw top wine bottles, I was told that I shouldn't be using these as the glass is weaker at the screw top bit, so I ditched any spare bottles that I had & asked JB if he could have a scout around for non-screw top bottles (saves looking like a bit of a loony hanging round the bottle bank).

Peter & Jane (behind returning allotmenteer Chris) were planting out leeks, along with inquisitive young daughter A - so we had a chat & when I'd dropped the note off, A came back up to my plot to compare the progress of my competition sunflower against hers, skipping off back down the bottom when she was satisfied that mine was no further ahead.

I nipped up to the club house before going home & heard some sombre news that one of the Saturday Old Boys is very unwell, so tonight he is in my thoughts & I have toasted him with his favourite tipple, a nice glass of red.


  1. It's all looking a bit on the splendid side, Missy! I also planted out the squash and pumpkin this weekend, and it is nice to see Ollie's sunflower pretending to be a Triffid.

    Have already said to Matron - am slightly bemused, these seeds came from a multi-stemmed plant but most of mine are single-stemmed and trying to audition for Jack & the Beanstalk.

  2. I have a single sunflower, from birdseed, in a pot at the moment. Must find somewhere to put it.
    Still haven't planted out my courgettes and beans. A job for this week.

  3. Yes, it's full steam ahead with all the planting out everywhere. Lets hope for a nice long, hot Summer (with enough rain for gardeners!)

  4. Thank you, Bilbo! The pic is of the Competition Sunflower, though - Ollie's sunflowers are planted out in one of the beds. It will be interesting to see what they grow up to be like, compared to the parent plant.

    Should be good planting out weather now, Flum - we had loads of rain earlier in the week, now its hot and sunny.

    It can rain every night, Matron, and be sunny all day - gardeners perfect weather!


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