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...........

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Generous Yields!

Number 1 - potatoes

All these charlotte potatoes dug up today from just six plants in an area 4' by 4'.

Number 2 - courgettes

All these courgettes from just five plants - and all these produced in the last 5 days. Note to self: DO NOT GROW FIVE PLANTS NEXT YEAR!

Chutney already made using a couple of large ones from earlier in the week, courgette cake recipe (kindly supplied by Veg Heaven) to be made tomorrow. Courgette wine still a possibility, although - frankly - not immediately appealing.

Number 3 - french beans

This dinner plate full of triomphe de farcy dwarf french beans picked today off about four plants.


  1. Very impressed with those potatoes! Am going to post tomorrow about my street's potato competition, for which the weighing-in ceremony was held today. Fun, but not many generous yields!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading about the street competition, Rachel - you'll have to instigate a similar comp. in Zummerzet next year!

    We have a potato-in-a-bag competition at the Hill - weighing in is on Show Day (too soon!!). I hope to beat my massive 11oz yield of last year, but only expect to do so if the 'lucky' seed potatoes that I chose to grow have a 'thrive on neglect' gene in the mix somewhere.

  3. Summer's great - makes all that faffing in the cold, wet spring weather worthwhile. All the dwarf (and most of the tall ) french beans I'm growing are for shellies or dried beans so I haven't had a green bean yet!

  4. We have also made a note to ourselves to only gromw 2 courgette plants next year. We took some of ours to a party yesterday to offload them!

  5. Hmm, yes, you do seem to have a Courgette problem {{gg}}

    Time for the Mock Lemon Curd?

  6. I made the mistake of picking a load of French beans when they were too stringy to eat whole, and the beans too small to eat as shellies, Flum - another 'live & learn' moment!

    I decided that the two courgette plants that I had last year wasn;t quite enough, B&P - although five clearly TOO MANY.

    I think that the mock lemon curd recipe will be coming out later when I have to 'do something' with the competition pumpkin, Bilbo - courgettes are going into ratatouille in the freezer at the mo - it makes a good base for risotto in winter.


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