Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
A Mass Of Foliage
My potatoes look to be doing really well this year. If you look a few posts back, you will see how the potatoes, which I'm growing in containers, looked at the end of May. It didn't take long for the foliage to shoot up, and I have to say that it's looking really healthy. Of course, you can never tell what's happening underneath the soil until the contents are tipped out. The plants have started flowering, so I think it's time to find out what the harvest's like. This weekend is the date I've chosen for the first container to be upturned and I can't wait, I'm already imagining that first taste of home grown potato cooked in mint and smothered in butter. I've got twenty containers filled with potatoes so I should have a decent supply which will go on through summer, though I do share them with my parents now that they don't have a garden of their own.
You may remember that Hubby bought me a half standard rose, The Birthday Rose, as an early birthday present last year when my local nursery was closing down and all their stock was reduced to half price. It's blooming away at the moment, but there's a problem, it's covered in Black Spot. I'm no expert on roses, and even though I try not to use chemicals at all when I garden, I think the only course of action for this disease is to spray. I really need to do a bit more research first because, as I say, I don't know much about roses and their diseases, but I'm hoping to get to the garden centre this week to see what remedies they have to offer.
What gorgeous weather we're having at the moment. It's less than a couple of weeks now until we go on holiday so I hope it can hang on so that we get some sunshine whilst we're away. We're going to Cornwall so it would be lovely to have some nice weather whilst we're there.
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.