Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 6 September 2013
Juicy And Meaty
I don't often grow beef tomatoes, but I'd bought the seeds of Costoluto Fiorentino as part of a multi pack when I was looking for some San Marzano seeds, so I thought I'd give them a go. I'm so pleased I did as they're such a tasty tomato. They're so juicy that it was like biting in to a very ripe peach, though the flesh is quite firm and doesn't have many seeds. It's a very meaty tomato. It was only after buying the seeds that I read it's an Italian heirloom variety and has been given the RHS Award of Garden Merit. You can see that it's a good size too. It's a tomato I'd definitely recommend.
There's a plot on our allotment site which hasn't been touched since we took on our plot at the start of the gardening season in 2009. Someone had, apparently, been paying rent on it until the beginning of this year, but had finally decided to give it up. It's such a shame that it's been allowed to get in to the state it has, it's absolutely covered in brambles and it will take such a lot of hard work to get it back in to shape. It will be a daunting task for anyone who takes it on, and will probably put people off from wanting the plot. Amongst all the brambles and weeds, there's some mature apple trees, both red and green, and they're fruiting profusely. I don't like to just help myself, but it's a shame that all the fruit will just go to waste.
I'm not ready for autumn yet, I'm definitely a summer girl, but there's no denying that it's on its way. The mornings are noticeably darker when I get out of bed, and the nights are starting to draw in. It's raining hard today and it hasn't really got light yet, though I'm sure the ground will be thankful of a downpour, everywhere is parched. It looks like I'm definitely going to have to let go of summer and embrace autumn.
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.