Plans for Mill Green Plot 1A - 2021

Due to Covid-19 the plans for Plot 1A went out of the window!

Update 29th August 2020

Four nearly five months of shielding my good lady wife and not visiting the plot meant that I only had parsnips sown before lockdown and following being able to the relax the shielding I have been visiting the plots and only have squash in both plot 1 and 1A in addition to the Parsnip this year. So the beds have laid fallow and been allowed to go to weed and now are being cleared and sown with green manure. 

This page is dedicated to Mill Green Plot 1A. It holds my thoughts and plans for 2021 and it will be under development from now September  2020 over the winter months and will no doubt be modified on a continuous basis. I've had this plot since 2012 and the soil have received lots of love and attention over that time. the soil is much improved from what I took on and most large stones have been removed and all those that come to the surface each year are weeded out. The soil here is good for deep roots like Parsnip and Carrots.  

New Plan Required 


Spring     22nd March - 21st June
Summer  21st June - 22nd Sept
Autumn   22nd Sept - 21 December
Winter     21st December - 20th March 

As I write this on the 29th August 2020 Although technically still summer, this morning it was cold outside, especially as only a few weeks ago we had the hottest temperatures on record for some time. Weed clearances Infrastructure works including re-felting the shed one the wall behind has been repaired will continue from now into Autumn and Winter      


I have been wanting an Asparagus Bed for some time, I even bought some a couple of years ago when I was on Spencer Road but they came before I had created a bed for them. They are still on the agenda but as to if they will happen in 2021, I doubt it as I still have plot 1 to finish the infrastructure on which could include a bed for Asparagus. 

BEETROOT - Beds ? & ? - New plan to be drawn up and beds allocated for 2021

We eat and pickle a lot of beetroot, I normally start the beetroots off in the greenhouse in vending machine cups, this year will be a two pronged attack Successional sowing will take place every in a third of a bed length every 3 - 4 weeks so that they can be harvested and pickled in batches.

Sow from March 2-4 weeks before the last frost when the ground is warm.

BRUSSELS SPROUT - Plot 1A Beds and if possible a Bed on Plot 1

In 2018, I manage to get 5 different varieties in a bed at Mill Green Plot 1A which were Bedford Darkmar 21, Cromwell F1, Evesham Special, Mongomery F1 & Rubine Purple Sprout

Due to my leg injury and the strange and warm weather we had in 2019 I didn't get sprouts in the ground. Due to Covid-19 no sprouts in 2020, they have to happen in 2021 

This year I hoping for two beds of Sprouts and grow on two of the following varieties

                                                 Sowing           Sowing        Harvest 
                                                 Indoors         Outdoors

Bedford                                                           Mar - April       Sep - Dec                                
Bedford Darkmar 21           Feb - Mid Mar      Mar - April    Mid-Nov to Jan
Brest F1                                 Feb - Apr          Mar - April       Nov - Feb              
Brodie  F1                              Feb - Apr          Mar - April       Nov - Jan  - T&M                  
Cromwell F1                       Feb - Mid Mar       Mar - April      Sep - Dec                                
Evesham Special                   Feb - Mar          Mar - April      Sep - Dec - Mr Fothergill's  
Mongomery F1                   Feb - Mid Mar       Mar - April      Nov - Dec
Nelson                                    Feb - Apr          April - Jun       Aug - Nov
Rubine Purple Sprout             Feb - Apr          Mar - April      Nov - Jan 

So Harvest period from August - February that's potentially 7 months of fresh sprouts.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH - Plot 1A Beds 7 & 8

I use Butternut squash to cover plot 1 in 2019, and in 2020 I also ended up growing in two  beds on plot 1A and they just took over. In 2021 I will need to keep the Waltham Butternuts away from the other squash and any pumpkins so that they don't cross pollinate. 


I'm really undecided about cabbage, as I had such a disaster with it during 2019 mainly due to the vast amount of slugs, I have been contemplating Kale, one to ponder I think. Ideally small spring green type cabbages are what I'm after.

CARROTS - Beds ? & ?

Do best in beds that have not been recently manured

I want to grow many more in 2021 and want to grow big "bugs bunny type" if possible. I have acquired a number of different variety seeds, seed sales are responsible for a large number of them as I can't resist a bargain.

I'm looking at one and a half beds on Plot 1A but if I can get a bed ready on Plot 1 I will have one bed on each plot.

1st Sowing in Bed No ? - Plot 1A

Amsterdam 2 (Solo)          - Jan
Early Nantes 2                  - Jan

Nairobi                              - Jan
Cascade F1                      - Feb *
Early Scarlet Horn            - Feb
Early Nantes 2 Frubund   - Feb
Romance F1                     - Feb

Autumn King 2                  - Mar

2nd Sowing in Bed No ?- Plot 1A or a new Bed on Plot 1  

Chartenay Red Cored      - Mar
Early Nantes 5                  - Mar

Jitka F1                             - Mar
Nandor F1                         - Mar *
Nigel F1 Hybrid                 - Mar
Paris Market - Atlas          - Mar *

Royal Chantenay 3           - Mar
St Valery                           - Mar

* Short ideal for starting  in loo rolls


The best cauliflower I have ever grown was during my first year, they were Jamie Oliver Cheesy F1 seeds and All The Year Round Cauliflower. The leg injury and the hot spring killed off all my brassicas in 2019 the ones I grew were donated by my sister in law. Nothing in 2020, so I'm hoping for a better year in 2021  .


I have historically grown Marketmore, Burpless and for the last two years have been given Mr Fothergills Esmarald and this year grew Miniature Whites.

Esmarald are by far the best green long cucumber that I have grown so far and I have saved seeds from this variety as well as the mini white. I have a better framework to build for 2021 and I may grow all four varieties again in 2021. 


Piccolo Di Parigi - Second year growing Gherkins and only because my sister loves them 


The greenhouse got limited use in 2019 as too much rubbish had / has accumulated in it. and wasps took occupation. 

The plan is to empty, clean and reduce the staging in it such that I can use it for what it's meant for in 2020 That has not happened yet and the greenhouse needs to be cleared and ready for Spring 2021. 


The greenhouse frame only got erected in 2019, 2020 has been a disaster so I need to get the base in and the framework clad and ready for use in 2021 as I have a a Quadgrow and other high level SIP watering equipment to play with and trial. 

Lots of mini, micro and dwarf tomatoes on the plot in addition to peppers and melons. 


Over winter the objectives are

  • Clear the greenhouse on plot 1A completely
  • Complete the build of the Greenhouse on Plot 1 
  • Clear and Tidy the storage Area behind the shed on plot 1 
  • Completer as much infrastructure on plot 1 as possible.  
MARROW - Plot 1

Planted in spaces around sweetcorn on plot 1A in 2019 in 2020 looking at growing in the area left with no formal infrastructure on plot 1 or beds on plot 1 

Long Green Striped   - To be used by Dec 2018 Sow April - May Harvest July Onwards
Long Green Trailing Exhibition Marrow - from Jungle seeds no use by date on the pack or sowing and harvesting information other than sow in peaty sterile seed compost 7mm deep at 25-30C Germination  2 - 3 weeks. Once germinated these grow rapidly and will need good light. Plant out after all frost have passed in a rich manured compost.   

MELON - Greenhouses on Plot 1 and 1A

This is something new that I want to try and grow in the greenhouses at both allotments in 2021 if the greenhouse on plot 1 is finally erected. I have three different varieties to try, Rugoso di Cosenza giallo, Ogen & Sugar Baby.

The packs appear to say Sow from March to May, Plant out May June and Harvest August to September / Early October.   


I'm going to try and grow onions for seeds again in 2021 and the seed will be sown just after Christmas 


Didn't happen in 2019, an early sowing in 2020 and I would like to leave some to go to seed in 2021

POTATOES - Listing below to be updated once 2021 spuds have been decided upon

Lady Christi - First Early - SoilFixer Experiment in Buckets Year 2 Lady Christl potatoes are an excellent first early variety that bulks up early in the season and can be harvested after just 8 weeks of sowing. Derek on the Spencer Road allotment introduced me to Lady Christi when he had too many seed potatoes in 2016 and donated some to me. This year they will be sourced from local Wyevale or other garden centre only because I can see what I'm buying.

Albert Bartlett Vivaldi - Second Early - 2.4 x 1.2m bed - Can be grown on as main crop - Sweet creamy taste - Great baker - I selected these because my kids were always saying my potatoes are not as good or as large as the shop bought ones for baked potatoes and this is one they believe is better than mine have been historically. Will be sourced from local Wyevale or other garden centre only because I can see what I'm buying.

Albert Bartlett Purple Majesty - Second Early 1kg Pack (12-15 Tubers) I've never grown these before but I'm being provided with some seed potatoes to trial by Marshalls, reading the info about them they are the first purple potato to go on sale commercially in Britain. They are potatoes of the richest purple – purple skin and purple flesh, jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants it makes a fantastic member of the superfood family along with blueberries, pomegranites and kale. With its genetic origins in the Andes, it’s been specially selected for the food market and has enjoyed great success. It’s an early maincrop variety suitable for salads, and of course as jackets which prove a real hit with children fascinated by its dark purple flesh. Provided by Marshalls Link to Purple Majesty details on Marshalls web site 

Charlotte - Second Early - 2.4 x 1.2m bed Are mentioned by name in many recipes. That's always a good sign because in the end the purpose of growing potatoes is to eat them and recommendations from recipes is a sure sign of good taste, and they have never let me down. They are on the waxy side which makes them excellent for boiling, they hold their shape well and are delicious hot or cold. Using them for roasting and to sauté produces excellent results. Will be sourced from local Wyevale or other garden centre only because I can see what I'm buying.

Kestrel - Second Early - 2kg Pack (25-30 Tubers)  so enough for a bed and a half or a three row bed, these are another trial packs courtesy of Marshalls and were not on my radar until offered. Kestrel seed potatoes produce smooth skinned tubers with purple eyes, and winner of many prizes at exhibition. They have an old fashioned flavour, and make good chips and roasts well because the soft flesh does not absorb much fat. Consistently shows good resistance to slugs and blackleg. which I really need after the slug attacks last year. Provided by Marshals Link to Kestrel details on Marshalls web site

Estima - Second Early - 2.4 x 1.2m bed - Good Uniform Shape Ideal for Boiling and Baking last year I bought a 2kg sack bought from Wyevale no chits on them. Another shop bought potato I selected because my kids said they liked the shop bought ones. I looked at the small print on the label and read that they had been grown in Norfolk by Neil Van Poorvilet Variety Estima, up until then I had never heard of the Estima variety, but now I will grow them every year. Will be sourced from local Wyevale or other garden centre only because I can see what I'm buying.

Jelly - Main Crop - 2.4 x 1.2m bed modern variety has smooth skin, is long and oval in shape and has rich, yellowy flesh – reported to be a good roaster that makes superb, golden coloured chips! The tubers have good scab resistance and it is known to have excellent drought tolerance. I've selected these as this was a variety that we bought from the supermarket when the home grown spud ran out, that were particularly good and a nice size for baked potatoes and they roasted very well, plus I did have a bit of a scab and slug attack problems this year with some Sarpos that I grew. I found that Mr Fothergills can supply these if my local garden centre or Wyevale can't.

RHUBARB - Beds 15 & Plot 1

I've need to purchase some new Rhubarb for the plot


The climbing frame was repaired in 2020 before lock down. My seed box need to be looked at to see what varieties I have for 2021.  Scarlet Emperor seeds were saved a couple of years ago I have no idea how viable they will be for 2021


Historically my sweetcorn of choice has been Lark F1 and Swift in 2019 I was sent two new varieties of sweetcorn from Marshalls these were Alliance and Tyson. Now I only managed to grow the Alliance in 2019 and the results were that Alliance outshone Lark and Swift and I will definitely grow Marshalls Alliance again, 

This year however I have the Tyson seeds in my Seed Box and they will be my primary sowing and if I manage to get the infrastructure in on plot 1 I may have a second batch of sweetcorn.   


Because of my leg injury 2019 was the worst year I have ever had for tomatoes, only some micro, mini and dwarf were grown in the space saver greenhouse and there was no Bumper crop like we had in 2018. 

The plan for 2021 for tomatoes in broad terms is this 

Crimson Crush and Rapunzel will be grown out in the open on the allotment, and mini, micro and mini dwarf Tomatoes will be grown in both the greenhouses on the allotment. 22 varieties will be grown in the back garden as usual.


I have received two packs of wildflower seed for bees from two different sources this year. Historically I have not grown flowers on the allotment apart from the Daffs and Bluebells that come up early in the comfrey beds and the Poached Egg Plants that are grown to attract aphid eating ladybirds. This year I will plant a minimum of 4 - 6 flower buckets of wild flowers per allotment and move then around to encourage the pollinators in.   

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