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...........

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Season's Pickings!

Isn't June lovely?  I've been able to nip to the Hill any evening that I fancy a run, do a little light weeding, have a quick beer at the clubhouse and home in time for supper.

Mind you, it's been a season for slugs and snails - my beans have only just shrugged off the attacks, and it's the same with the tender crops - the courgettes and squash, and some lettuce.  But they all just about live to grow another day - which is more than can be said for my bed of spring onions, carrots and parsnips!

The tomatoes at home are romping away - a weekly feed and regular watering (every other day) seem to be paying off, so I have high hopes for them.

I don't grow tomatoes at the Hill any longer - a couple of dispiriting years when the plants were cut down by blight means that I am happier with them here, where they are at less risk.

And this week has been a week of first crops - later than other years, simply as I seem to have been a bit behind, for no particular reason.  All the sweeter, then, were these red berries, broad beans and the very first potatoes.



  1. Wow, those berries look delicious. I really must get stuck into my little veg plot as both you and Jayne put me to shame. I may email and tell what's been happening in my part of the world. Take care.

    1. I put a load of the fruit on a cheesecake - a gooey delicious sweet saved with healthy red fruits! You've got so much going on with two moves in six months - veg plot can wait another couple of months until planting time for you. :-)

  2. You are already picking blackcurrants? Wow, mine are nowhere near ready. First harvest looking good, and those tomato plants are definitely benefiting from being close to you and getting regular TLC :|}

    1. It was a fight to get to the currants (and the redcurrants not ripe yet), so I have to take advice on pruning - I'll stick a pic of the overgrown patch next post.

      Tomatoes now a good few inches taller now than in the pic taken just a few days ago - what growing weather this is!

    2. I believe (but do your own research!) that at this time of year - or slightly earlier - you should prune out the new season's growth from the centre of the plant to allow access and good air flow.

  3. Brilliant to grow your tomatoes in builders' buckets. I see those on sale in Wickes and they are bigger, better and cheaper than flower pots!


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