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...........

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bed Preparation

The last few days have been getting gradually warmer, and this morning we even had a glimpse of sunshine - hurrah!  It was cloudy and cooler by the time I got to the Hill early afternoon, but nonetheless, it has been the nicest day to be out so far this year.

I had two aims for today - the first was to get my membership renewal form up to the Clubhouse, the second to continue the clearing and eventual dismantling of the horrible compost bins.

The first was a cinch - although it took a little longer than strictly necessary to drop the form off, as it would have been very rude not to stop for a swift half whilst I was there.

Down to the plot, and I immediately got sidetracked by one of the yet-to-be-dug-over beds - I got the fork out, and worked my way down pulling out all the weeds accompanied closely by Mr Blackbird.  Normally I'd rough dig and turn in all the weeds (except the dandelions), but although weeding thoroughly took longer, I wanted to feed those shiny new dalek composters!

That job out the way, I couldn't avoid the horrible compost bins any longer.  I tackled the smaller right hand bin which has been working away longer, so it should be more composted than the other.

Once I'd pushed the top 6" or so of twiggy uncomposted stuff out the way, I was pleased with the state of what was there - ok, so you wouldn't want to sow your seeds straight in it, but it was great for topping up one of the beds which will be potatoes this year.

A heavy going job, but satisfying - there's about half that bin still left to empty, but my back told me that that'll be a job for another day.


  1. so jealous that you can start working your plots!

    1. Huh - back to Arctic conditions this week, Mrs P! Although I concede that you win on the snowfall stakes by a long chalk!

  2. (hums Twilight Zone theme tune). Emptying three compost bins is high on my list of overdue activities, unlike you I rather enjoy the process :}

    It's all looking great at The Hill.

    1. Well, I certainly enjoy the results!

      I'd enjoy the process too, if everything wasn't so squashed in that I can't use a barrow, and I have to use the spade to get the compost into big buckets then carry them to the bed. Not good for the back!

  3. Good work! I was hoping to get stuck in today and then everything freezes up. Hoping to catch up later in the week, inspired by your progress!

    1. Thank you, Mark - it's no fun in the freezing cold/rain, is it? It'll still be there waiting for you when it warms up a bit!


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