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, November 09, 2014

Making a List

A terrific amount of rain fell yesterday but today was fine and dry, so I set of to the Hill this afternoon to see if I could do a few jobs.

I didn't have much planned, but wanted to dig some potatoes and have a look at what maintenance jobs will need looking at this winter.

There is some general tidying up to do, of course, but no great rush - and I don't want to trim the lavender at the front of the plot yet, as it still has some flowers

I got the fork out the toolshed - noting that it is getting increasing rickety, and the wood is so rotten that if I replace all the timbers that need renewing, and the roof, and the felt; I will, in fact, have a new shed.

I dug up the golden wonder maincrop potatoes.  Not the heaviest crop this year, I must say, but I still have the picasso to dig, and I have high hopes of these based on last year's successful crop.

I was careful around the one side of the bed where the side timber is loose.  The raised beds have been in situ for just about 5 years, and some of the stakes that I used as pegs have rotted and snapped, so they need replacing.

With that bed now empty, I turned the wood-chippings from the path onto the bed.  The chippings rot down every couple of years, so I'll need to put new ones down this winter.

Before picking some kale to bring home to eat this week, I had a look at the compost bins.  I'd declared these redundant when I got the dalek composters, but with the prunings of the currant bushes and the raspberry canes they are more heaped than ever

Need to do something about that too, I think.

But not today - I had more than enough food for thought, and came home for a well deserved cup of tea.


  1. Looks like you've had a good session. I managed an hour's Autumn weeding yesterday so progress all round :}

    Some of the first bits of board I put in as bed edging , using 2" square pegs, has had to be refurbished because the wood in the ground rotted, so four/five years seems about how long a stake will last.

    1. Reg-next-plot paints about a foot all his cane ends with gloss paint in order to stop them rotting - might be something in that for the wooden pegs.

  2. It is waaaay too muddy here as well. I put a fork in to lift some potatoes and my heavy London clay was just slurping all over the place.

    1. Yes, I feel for you on your clay in this wet weather, Matron - we're quite well draining at the Hill, so I can only imagine the hard work that your plot is at the mo.


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