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, January 01, 2011

Grey Days

It finally started to thaw on the-day-after-Boxing-Day, & the snow slowly melted off the verges by midweek. It has, of course, been remarkably wet & grey & gloomy since.

I have failed – again – at growing Brussels sprouts or carrots for the Christmas meal, however the home grown potatoes & parsnips were delicious.

Assuming that the murk lifts even slightly, I will go to the Hill tomorrow - if only to check that it is still there. With such miserable weather I have not been remotely interested in trudging round the plot during the Christmas break.

I might dig a parsnip, but that’s about it – although there will be some more muck to spread on this year’s potato beds, & some lime to apply to this year’s bean beds, there really is no rush at all.

New Year’s resolutions? The normal gubbins about being more organised, I guess – and to space stuff out more in order to grow sufficient-and-a-bit, and not unfeasibly large quantities of some stuff e.g. courgettes.

We shall see how we get on with that!


  1. Better luck next year if you grow Brussels sprouts. I grew them this year for the first time. Try a new F1 hybrid variety like Bosworth. I virtually left mine alone all year and they did fine. Happy New Year!

  2. Glad you were able to have your own parsnips for the big "Roast Dinner with Presents".

    Not surprised you don't feel like going to The Hill it's so cold and driech at present.

  3. And to you and yours, Flum!

    Thanks for the brussels sprouts recommendation, Matron - although I'm not keen on F1 seeds, I AM keen on getting edible sprouts for next year! I'll keep an eye out for the seeds.

    Mum did a fab dish with the parsnips, Bilbo, oven cooked in honey and cream - made a change from roasted.


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