Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
This blog is all about my allotment, but I've never shown any photos of the whole plot, apart from those when I first started blogging. Many of you have asked to see a photo of the full allotment, and I finally remembered to take one when I was down there yesterday. As you can see, there's nothing growing at the moment. I'd just pulled up the last of the leeks, which weren't up to much so were composted, before I took the photo. It's about two thirds of the size of a full plot, and this is reflected in the rent, which was £28.00 this year. This includes the Allotment Association subs. I don't pay for water as there's no water on the site, but you can see that I have three blue water butts at the top of the allotment, I have to make sure I collect the rain water. I also have three compost bins, two wooden ones made from pallets and a black plastic one. Also at the top of the allotment is an old bath which was left on the plot when we took it on. We grow carrots in the bath, it's elevated just enough to avoid any damage from the carrot root fly. After the photo was taken, we managed to get some of the beds dug over. When I first got the allotment, we made the bed sizes ten foot by four foot but soon realised that this size wasn't very efficient. We now have beds which measure ten foot by ten foot. The ground has dried out somewhat, which is good news, but it's still a little claggy.
The only fruit I've got on the allotment at the moment are strawberries, but I've got some other fruit waiting to go in. There's a red thornless gooseberry, a blackcurrant and a rhubarb crown. I've also got a tayberry, but Hubby is going to have to build some sort of support for that. I'm still deciding where abouts they should all be planted.
It's been a lovely weekend and we've managed to get quite a bit done. I really wish they'd leave the clocks where they are instead of putting them back an hour in winter as there'd be time on an evening for Hubby to pop down after work, but it won't be long now until they spring forward again and give us that extra hour of daylight on an evening. Let's hope we get some more weekends like this one, then we may be able to get on top of things before the onslaught of the sowing season.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.