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 16, 2011

My How You've Grown!

I was busy messing about with other things this weekend, but went down to the Hill this evening for a couple of hours in order to:

  • earth up the potatoes

  • plant out some pot sown lettuce

  • sow a row of CARROTS (early nantes 5) & of PARSNIPS (hollow crown)

  • I do find that if I don't have a List, I lurch from from half-done job to half-done job, & don't really achieve anything very much.

    The weeds have certainly enjoyed the rain showers that we've been having for the past week, as have the peas, which are romping up the wigwams with the first batch now in flower - only a few weeks until I'm eating fresh peas from the pod - yum!

    The potatoes are certainly ready for earthing up - & are a bit big, really - but it means that I'll only have this job to do once rather than twice. I hauled out a some big annual weeds whilst I was about it - some poppies & thistly type long-tap rooted weeds.

    Of course, once I had the weeding bucket out, I couldn't help but hand weed the onion bed, & the paths as I went, & the other roots bed where at last I can see a few parsnips - patchy germination, though - & carrots coming through.

    Because I could only see the very occassional parsnip seedling out of four rows the other day, I had a panic purchase of extra seeds from Aldi (35p, 275 seeds), as I think I might only be eating about three parsnips this winter.

    I sowed two rows of these (with a marker row of radish), & then the carrots, and turned to the misc beds to plant out half a dozen LETTUCE (stoke), & a dozen LETTUCE (dazzle). The four lettuce I planted out mid April have come on in leaps and bounds, and I will have one out the ground very soon to eat.

    Before I came home, I had a wander down to the bottom to see what everyone else is up to. Quite a few plotholders are putting their tender plants out now - I saw sweetcorn, courgette & squash plants on various plots. And I do hope that returning -allotmenteer-Chris at 2A posts some pics of her clematis on her blog - they are beautiful!


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