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 21, 2012

Muck, Glorious Muck!

When I arrived at the Hill tonight, I espied bags of horse muck, and did a happy dance.  You see, the muck skip (conveniently right by my plot) has been empty for ages - the stables aren't delivering as many sacks of manure, and the old boys are getting to the deliveries first, leaving not much left for me.

It means that I haven't mucked the two potato beds this year (they will just have to put up with it) and I haven't been addling any muck to my compost bins.

Well, it's too late to muck the potato beds, but the compost bin is now positively overflowing.

Whilst I was sizing up the muck sacks, Richard from three plots down arrived, clearly on his way home from work.  "It's a shame that you are not dressed for muck moving," I said, pointing at the bags.

"We'll see about that!" he said, and not to be defeated by a suit and tie, fetched a pair of gardening gloves and loaded his wheelbarrow with bags to take to his plot in just about the daintiest way possible.  Good for him!

I'd just about filled the compost bin when he came over with a handful of freshly cut asparagus.  "Would you like these?" he asked. "I picked a carrier bagful yesterday, and by the time I come back at the weekend, these will be far to  well grown to eat."  How kind! Clearly I didn't need asking twice.

Off he went and I managed not to get overly sidetracked by the weeds - although I am cringing at the dandelion clocks everywhere I look in the edges and corner - and knuckled down to what I went to do.

So now I have two of the four wigwams stringed (strung?) up and two lots of peas planted out and before I came home, I put in a couple of rows of carrots, parsnip and lettuce.

Then home for a much needed bath.


  1. Wow you had a busy eveing! and well deserved munch too! Wish we had a muck delivery - sadly not!

    1. I'd see if you could get a few of you together to chip in to get a couple of tons delivered from the local stables/farm sometime before Christmas either to make a pile in the corner or to bung over the potato beds - even if it is very fresh, it soon will have matured (enough)in the 3 months before spud planting.

  2. I mixed up some fresh grass clippings with fresh horse manure. It goes like a rocket! heats up and steams!

    1. It is the warmest job in winter on the plot to be on 'emptying muck bags into the skip' duty - keeps your feet lovely and warm!

  3. Ditto what Matron says. Last week I stuck a thermometer into a pile of stable muck mixed with grass clippings - when the {fake} mercury shot above 100 degrees we took it out!

    1. You could cook an egg in to - well, perhaps you wouldn't want to, on reflection!


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