Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Monday, 17 June 2013
I should be eating the first home grown strawberry of the year within a matter of days, that's if my darling daughter doesn't get to it first, she would eat them until they come out of her ears. This one is growing in a pot in the garden but there's lots of green fruit on the plants at the allotment, which I'm pleased about as it's a new strawberry bed created just this year. I don't expect a huge crop but whatever I harvest will be very welcome.
I didn't manage much gardening over the weekend, but I made sure that I got my tomato plants tied in to the stakes and I nipped out their side shoots. They seem to be growing really well and are just starting to flower, so I shall start feeding them soon. I'm looking forward to seeing how the outdoor plants perform in comparison to the ones grown in the greenhouse, there doesn't seem to be anything between them at the moment.
I have a cotoneaster in my front garden which is smothered in flowers at the moment. The bees are absolutely loving it, I must have counted at least twenty bees on it at once over the weekend. I haven't seen many bees around this year, then to go from nothing to so many on one plant was strange. I'm also still getting a good selection of birds in the garden too. The goldfinches, which I hadn't seen for a while, are here all the time now. Earlier in the year I was seeing an odd one here and there, but they come in threes, fours and fives now, which is nice. A group of goldfinches is called a charm, how charming is that.
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.