Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Carrots In The Bath
Last year, I had a go at growing carrots in the old bath which had been left on the allotment when we took it on, and they came out really well, so we've used the same approach again this year. Growing them in the ground is a definite no no without some sort of barrier protection as they come out riddled with Carrot Root Fly, but elevating them, even a small amount, in the old bath seems to eradicate this problem. They haven't been covered at all and they've been given no other protection either. As you can see, they're good looking carrots. The only problem with growing them this way is that I'm never going to get a huge crop, but a small harvest is better than none at all. It was actually Hubby's job to deal with the carrots. He sowed a couple of varieties and now can't remember which were which, typical. He thinks these are Nantes. We've had a few meals from this first batch and the other variety are yet to be pulled. They're delicious. The rabbits, Sammy and Monty, love the lush, green carrot tops. They're being very well fed at the moment.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'd noticed lots more frogs in the garden this year. Hubby was cutting the grass on Monday night and loads of little tiny froglets started jumping about. He was very careful not to run the mower over anything that moved and repositioned them at the side of the pond. It's funny really because I never noticed any frogspawn in the little pond, I wonder where they've all come from.
It's quite dull and overcast here today, though it hasn't rained, yet. The better weather is due to return on Sunday, just in time for the bank holiday, and then we're supposed to have sunshine all next week. That will do me as Hubby has taken the week off work and we're hoping to have some days out as well as put some work in at the allotment. Will the forecasters have got it right though, that remains to be seen.
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.