Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
The Final Harvest
Having heard the weather forecast for this week, colder temperatures and little sunshine, I decided to clear the tomato plants. As you can see, there was quite a lot of fruit still left to harvest in various stages of ripeness. They've been put in trays on the windowsill in the conservatory where they can make the most of any sunshine we get. They don't usually take long to ripen this way. The outdoor plants have now been removed but I haven't got round to sorting out the plants in the greenhouse yet, that's a job at the top of my to do list. My San Marzanos have been quite disappointing, very slow to ripen and not a huge harvest from them, so I'm going to give them a miss next year. The rest of the varieties have done really well, it's been my best tomato year yet.
I'm still getting harvests from the allotment, beans, courgettes and there's the squash to bring home the next time I'm there. The Queensland Blue have been disappointing, they've produced a couple of fruit but too late in the season to reach maturity. There should be a couple of Crown Prince from one plant, though one of them is rather small. The other Crown Prince plant hasn't produced anything at all. Next year, I'd like to get lots more squash plants in as they're a vegetable we all enjoy, and they'll store over winter too.
The weather forecasters were right about the temperatures dropping, it's definitely on the chilly side now. One thing I hate about autumn is the number of spiders taking cover inside the house. I'm really not very good with spiders at all, and the huge one which decided to run around the kitchen floor yesterday morning scared me half to death. Mind you, so did the one which climbed the room curtains a couple of days earlier. I've read about leaving conkers around the house, it's supposed to deter spiders, I really must 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.