Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Own up, who read the title of this post Keith Lemon style? These are just some of my potato containers, I've got twenty in total so they should give me a nice little haul. I use all kinds of pots, buckets, trugs, potato bags, you can use anything really. As you can see, they're all at different stages of growth as I staggered the planting to give a staggered harvest, though they do tend to keep ok in the containers once they're ready for harvesting. Some of the containers have now been earthed up to the top, so it shouldn't be long until they're ready to empty out, something I look forward to every year. I do enjoy home grown potatoes smothered in butter and mint.
I got plenty done on Monday. First of all we visited the plot where I got all the new strawberry plants tucked up in their bed. They've already got lots of flowers on them so I should get some kind of harvest even if it's not huge. I also noticed the first green strawberry. I've gone for three different varieties, Honeoye, Cambridge Favourite and Symphony, they all produce fruit at different times so it should prolong the cropping season. I also got the purple sprouting broccoli plants which I bought planted out, as well as two wigwams of mange tout. In the garden, I've started potting up my tomato plants in to their final positions. I've got some plants which I'm growing in the greenhouse and some which I'm trying outdoors this year.
There's lots of different birds visiting the garden at the moment, the feeders are being well used. I suppose they're busy feeding their young at this time of year. Greenfinches seemed to stop coming to the garden, but they're back now in large numbers. It's costing me a fortune keeping the feeders well stocked.
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.