Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Monday, 27 May 2013
The End Of It's Life
A wheelbarrow had been left on the plot when we took it on, a little over four years ago. It had seen better days, but as we didn't have a wheelbarrow of our own, we were very grateful of it. Not long after, it developed a puncture, but Hubby managed to fix it and it was good to go again. Since then, it's got rustier and rustier and more and more holes have appeared in it. It's now at the point that when you tip it up to empty out a load, the main body of the barrow slides off it's frame and has to be picked back up off the floor and repositioned. It's come to the end of it's life and it's now time for it to be replaced, but it's served us well for the past four years. Perhaps I could use it as a planter, the drainage holes are already there, and I don't like to dispose of something which can be given another use.
I'm not very good at growing brassicas from seed. I was without completely last year after slugs devoured all my seedlings, and I've had to resow this year after many of my seedlings withered and died. One of my favourite brassicas is purple sprouting broccoli, so to make sure that I'm not without again come spring, I've invested in some small plants. They only cost me £1.99 for ten plants, not a bad price at all. I've got some more seedlings just growing, so I could be inundated at harvest time, but I'd rather have too much than too little, or none at all.
I haven't done much gardening over the weekend as we've had a couple of days out, so I'm hoping that I can get to the plot today. The weather is beautiful again so I really need to make the most of it. There's lots of jobs to be done in the garden too, so it looks like it's going to be a busy day.
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.