About ‘Orticultural ‘Obbit and Petal!!


This a blog that documents the tales of an Allotmenteer  in Birmingham, England.

It all came about seven years ago. The summer was dragging on. Something was needed to bring a little sunshine into the universe. One took a trip to the high street, purchased some seeds and pots. Chillies were sown, and the science experiment began. In the pages of the blog, there is a journey. A journey of how the allotment plot started, and my subsequent adventures and experiments. There is details and evidence of simple experiments, trial and error; there is evidence of both success and failure. You won’t find romance! What you might find in places, is frustration, anger and weariness at things not always going right

I don’t profess to be an expert, and most of what I record is the product of observation but no high brow analysis. I do have help, in the form of Mama F. Mama F would rather things grew so they can end up in her kitchen.

When I started this blog, there were two aims. Firstly, record what I got up to. Secondly,  maybe share it with others so that the mistakes I have made might be avoided, my successes my also offer people some insight and encouragement. There is no borg-like perfection on the pages of this blog; I strive to do the best job I can do.

You can also watch the you tube version here.


How it all began
How it all began

Nothing short of a jungle, that was what plot 2a on the Colebourne Road allotments looked like. That said, there were other plots with weeds on that were twice that height, and would have benefited from being attacked with a strimmer. I took what at the time felt the easier option. It took myself, Grandad Mike and Mama H the best part of a fortnight and forty eight green waste bags to clear the plot. Dad very diligently got rid of them for me!

weekthreeUsing Dad’s measuring tape, the 88 square metres were divided up into 8 beds. Each roughly 12 metres squares. There was a rough idea of what to plant where; alas, that didn’t quite work out so much….

Christmas 2011 on plot 2a
Christmas 2011 on plot 2a

What you see above is from Christmas one year, when the Siberian Beast from the east made a visit. I made a visit down there with the wellingtons and a broom-to brush the snow off the top, to find it was okay.

May 2012 is document in the first two pictures below. It was not long before we moved from having a half to plot to the full plot. This took additional time and effort, but meant that experiments could be more detailed and more ambitious.


Right at the top of this page, you will see an image of a figure holding carrots. She is called Petal, and has been the face and avatar for this blog for the best of four years. It is her, and I, who have adventures on the allotment. (I do all the things, but generally Petal gets the public.) I don’t often appear in the blog posts-it’s all about the plot-but needless to say, I am real,  I do exist. And no, I do not wear this on the plot; trust me. (Yes, petal and I do look very similar, that is no accident!)


Feel free to wander around the blog and I do hope that you find it useful.

If you fancy updates as they happen, you can engage in these other new fangled social media too:




Instagram: HorticulturalObbit

As well as the blog you may also be interested in the ebook that brought together some of the lessons that have been learned. You can find the ‘Playing with plant pots: Tales from the allotment’ here

Book is now also available in paperback! Follow the links befow

The  UK link for the Paperback Plant pot tales

The UK link for  ebook Plantpottales

The US link for the ebook is here

And for the paperback in the US click here

There is also a second book available

Ebook UK here

Paperback UK here.

US Ebook here.

You can always get in touch with me direct, and obtain the paperbacks at much better price. I’ll even wrap them up and send them to you!

My thanks to Loldeantimber. They are responsible for the floral trug, You can find their details here

You can now also get your hands on Petal merchandise



You find full details here on how to get a hold of the goodies above.

Or follow the link for ebay here.




18 thoughts on “About ‘Orticultural ‘Obbit and Petal!!”

  1. Hi there! Came upon your blog through Steve1111 @ Gardening in Greenwood. Looking forward to more visits! ~The White Rabbit 😀

  2. Hello H.H. Lovely I am very impressed with the transformation of your allotment from wilderness to cultivated beds 🙂 it takes some doing, and doesn’t just happen over night..

    Loved all of you pictures and produce, and especially the wooden painted basket and seed box took my eye, I like to spruce things up my self too.. Did you do these items?

    Thank you for the follow.. I have logged in here with my Gardening logo, but will frequently comment using Sue Dreamwalker one on my main blog.. The reason being WP for some reason does not send this log replies 🙂

    Hope you are having a good day and Birmingham not too far away from me in Robin Hood Country 🙂

    Nice to meet you..
    Happy Gardening

    1. Hi, Sue, thank you for passing through. It was certainly hard work! The trug and box were both commissions from a timber company. Their details are on the about page. I do hope you continue to read and enjoy 🙂

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