Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 10 May 2013
New Strawberry Plants
My strawberry bed didn't fare very well over winter and I lost many of the plants. I'd created a new bed last year, but the plants never really took off, I suppose because of all the wet weather we had. I decided to cut my losses and start from scratch again this year. I'd seen some nice looking plants at Poppleton Garden Centre, but when I came across some plants in Wilkos which were very reasonable, I decided to go with those. I've gone for three varieties, Honeoye, an early season variety which I've grown before and which I've been happy with, Cambridge Favourite, a mid season variety and Symphony, a late variety. They were £1 each or two for £1.50. I've started off with twenty plants, but I'll increase my stock from runners later on in the season. I'm not expecting much of a harvest this year, but if I can get them established, they should do well next year. There's already a few flowers on them, as you can see.
I sowed my sweet peas - New Horizons Mix at the beginning of March and they've made nice sturdy plants. I was going to grow them at the allotment, but a climbing rose which I was bought for Mother's Day and which I planted in the garden hasn't grown, so it's been pulled out and the sweet peas have gone in there. The rose will be taken back to where it was bought from. I was bought a second rose for Mother's Day, and that looks to be growing ok, it's got some leaves, so I suppose that's a good sign that it's taken.
The seeds which I sowed last weekend have started to germinate. The more tender ones are on a windowsill indoors, whereas the more hardy things are out in the greenhouse fending for themselves. I haven't managed to get any more jobs ticked off my list yet, so I'm hoping to get a few things done over the weekend. Fingers crossed that the weather stays fine.
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.