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 03, 2010

Return of the Tourist!

So the planes did fly, the sun certainly did shine, but all good things come to an end & now it's back to business.

So a quick trip to the Hill today with mum (tempted by the offer of rhubarb - although she didn't actually go home with all of this armful) to see how a few dry days, followed by a few wetter days have treated the plot.

The wind was chilly (only potager Chrissie around putting up her bean frame) so it was a whistle stop tour to see that all the POTATOES have sprouted; there's no sign of any of the direct sown climbing beans yet; & all the KALE has started to bolt with flower heads ready to burst.

Back home, with frost forecast tonight, I tucked up all the pots of french beans on the bench with fleece & pulled the front down on the mini greenhouse to make sure that the tender seedlings which have taken the trouble to sprout don't get stopped in their tracks.


  1. Welcome home, I was thinking of you this afternoon, wondering how the tan was doing!

    That rhubarb looks great.

  2. Welcome back! Hope you've had a good holiday but I'm very jealous! Missed your blog.

  3. Glad nothing suffered while you were away.

    Welcome home to chilly Britain!

  4. Glad to see you made it back and that things have survived your absence!

  5. What a brilliant year for rhubarb! That is a fair bunch you have there. It has been a chilly few nights here as well, brought all my plants into the greenhouse for a couple of nights.

  6. hi hazel, i have some chilli's ready for you, 2 heatwave, 2 pyramid and 2 jalepeno if you want them.

    Ill leave them in Barrys greenhouse for you to collect. They need potting on asap really so ill get them in there tonight.

    Ive made space for wine making so hopefully get started straight away! Not that I like a drink of course!


  7. Hi hazel sorry me again, can u tell what I'd need to buy for the wine making?

  8. Thank you all for your kind welcome home!

    The rhubarb does seem to be particulary good this year. I'm looking for additional things to do with it - maybe jelly or chutney, so I'll have to have a look round for recipes.

    Thank you for the chillis, Jody, I'll try to get up to the Hill this evening & collect. I'll bring wine making stuff with me too & leave it for you.

    I think that you will only need a plastic bucket, yeast, nutrient & steriliser to start you off (all from Wilko) - I have spare demijohns, airlocks, syphon & hydrometer which you're welcome to.

  9. hi hazel thnx yep anything you have just chuck it at me, im off to wilkos! speak soon


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