Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 9 August 2013
The First Of Many
It's tomato time. I harvested the first ones on Wednesday, which is far earlier than last year. After the poor summer of 2012, I decided to remove all the green tomatoes from the plants and bring them in to the conservatory to ripen there, and I eventually got my first taste on the 21st of September, so they're well over six weeks earlier this year. I added them to my salad and they were delicious, all the rich, fruity, tomatoey taste burst from within and reinforced my belief that shop bought tomatoes are nowhere near as good as home grown. These tomatoes are Gardener's Delight and were grown in the greenhouse, but I've harvested some of the same variety from an outdoor plant today, so there's little difference in ripening times between indoor and outdoor plants so far. The other varieties seem to be just starting to turn a lighter shade of green, so they too may be on the turn. The plants are loaded with fruit so there should be many more to come.
The garden has been getting a good tidy up throughout the week. We came home from holiday to the gate hanging off it's hinges, the grass looking more like a meadow than a lawn and all the plants overgrown. Hubby tackled the gate and my son cut the grass while I attempted to get the plants back under some sort of control. The tomato plants had gone mad so they've had all the sideshoots nipped out, the straggly stems cut back and some of the leaves have now been removed to allow the sun to ripen the fruit. The chives got a haircut and are now looking much smarter and the geraniums by the back door were deadheaded, they're already putting up new flower stems.
I've noticed lots more frogs in the garden than in previous years. There's lots of containers on the patio housing my potatoes and they seem to hide amongst them. I suppose the lush foliage has provided some welcome shade in the high temperatures, and as they've been given plenty of water, it's been quite damp around the area which the frogs will love. They've been making very good use of the small pond too, jumping in and out in order to cool down. It just goes to show that even a small amount of water will entice wildlife in to the garden, especially in this weather.
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.