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, May 19, 2012

Rain Doesn't Quite Stop Play

It has rained pretty much all day long here, so allotment activities today have taken place indoors and have included repotting the tomatoes...

...and racking the quince, rhubarb and parsnip wines.

Tomorrow's planned trip to the Hill (that's if it ever stops bloody raining) will involve wrapping string round the pea wigwams - the world's most tedious task.

Oh, deep joy.


  1. I am way behind here too because I need a canoe to get to my veggie patch! London clay is way to sticky and impossible to work when it's wet.

  2. Ah - but think of all the nutrients you soil holds, Matron!

  3. Console yourself with the fact that your tomatoes are a month further on than mine .....

    Matron's comment made me think, what sort of soil do you have at the Hill?

    1. Tomatoes still quite small, Bilbo, but they will be going in the buckets at the weekend whether they like it or not. Busy swigging little bottles of tonic to upend and use as water reservoirs - such a hardship! ;-)

      It's quite light and free draining where I am half way down the Hill - a different story at the bottom plots where the water all drains down to. Digging down to subsoil level, it turns quite sandy until you 'clang' your spade into a solid pan about 3' down. And of course the soil certainly welcomes as much muck as I can get on it in winter.


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