Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
A Taste Of Spring In Summer
I always grow my spring onions in large plant pots. I can get quite a few growing in one pot and I harvest a few at a time. I like to have a few batches on the go at once so that I get a continuous supply over the summer months, and my dad is quite partial too so I ensure there's enough growing to go round. These are White Lisbon, a reliable variety which I always grow.
I've harvested the first of my potatoes which I'm growing in containers, Arran Pilot. There were a good number of nice sized potatoes which I was really pleased with. I shared the haul with my mum and dad, they don't have a garden anymore so I like to pass on some home grown veggies to them. They ate theirs in a salad and raved about the taste. I shall be having my first taste tomorrow, which I'm looking forward to.
We've received a letter from the council advising us that they're currently reviewing allotment provision in Leeds. They've proposed three different options which basically boils down to our rent increasing. At the moment the cost for an allotment in Leeds is £37 for a full plot, however, they're proposing to increase this to either £103.07 with concession holders paying £51.53 or £123.43 with concession holders paying £18.50 as they presently do. A third option would be, and I quote, to review the management arrangements to seek a third party operator for allotment provision who would determine pricing arrangements and meet all costs associated with provision. The consultation period has now come to an end, so it will be interesting to hear what decisions are made.
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.