Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Not Shallot To Show For It
My shallots haven't done so well this year. They're the variety Sante and although the sets have divided, each individual shallot is exceptionally small. They got off to a great start in their pots in the cold greenhouse, but they languished so long because of the cold start to the year that it wasn't until the 19th of May that they were eventually planted out. I could see that they were already starting to divide by this time, so I think this may be the cause. They're still edible though, but they won't last very long. I haven't harvested the onions yet but I already know that the red onions are a complete failure. They failed to grow at all and have already been disposed of. I always find red onions much harder to grow than others.
My blueberries have done so much better this year than the last couple of years. The bushes didn't seem to have many flowers at the start of the season so I wasn't expecting much from them, but the first bush has produced a worthwhile harvest and I've just harvested a first batch from the second bush. The third one doesn't seem to have many, if any, fruits on it at all, though it is still a young plant.
I sowed another batch of beetroot and spring onions a couple of weeks ago and they've all germinated. I may be far too late with the beetroot, but if the good weather lasts well in to autumn I may just be lucky. I'll be happy with some small ones. It's worth a gamble. The spring onions will be fine over winter if they're not ready to harvest this year, it will give them a head start so there's nothing lost there. I find it always pays to give it a go.
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.