Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Monday, 14 October 2013
A Bumper Crop
I emptied out the last of my potato containers yesterday and this is what I found, seven pounds of lovely Arran Pilots. These were grown from three tubers, the container they were planted in is quite large, I only usually put one or two tubers in the containers, depending on its size. These are a first early variety, but they're quite happy to be left in the container until needed, and as you can see, they do put on some growth, and I've discovered that they're lovely chpped and deep fried. Naughty but nice.
Unfortunately, I don't think my Christmas potato experiment is going to work this year. I planted some tubers in containers hoping that they'd get a good start while the weather was still warm. I had intended to move them in to the greenhouse at a later date to give them some protection, and then harvest them in time for Christmas dinner. They got to the point where the foliage was just starting to poke through the compost but nothing's happened since. I think they may have started rotting, and if nothing else happens by the weekend, I think I'd better have a little feel around and see what I find. It's a shame, but I've had mixed results in the past trying to grow potatoes for Christmas.
I'm pleased to see my little Robin Redbreast back in the garden. Robins are here all year round but its quite rare that I see him in the garden during the summer months. In winter, he's here all the time. Not today though, all the birds are taking cover from the rain and I don't blame them one bit, it's pouring down.
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.