Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 15 November 2013
One Out Of Two Ain't Bad
You may remember that I sowed a couple of containers towards the end of August, one with beetroot and one with spring onions. I didn't think there was much chance of the beetroot coming to anything and I was right, they germinated well enough but it was just too late in the year for the roots to swell. The spring onions were a different matter. Again, they germinated well, but they've also put on plenty of growth. There's between thirty and forty in this small wooden trough. I suppose I could eat them as they are now, they'd give plenty of flavour, but I prefer my spring onions to have a good sized bulb on them, so I'll leave them over winter and harvest in spring. They'll be perfectly fine over winter if I move them in to the cold greenhouse, I've done it in previous years, and I'll get a good early harvest next year.
I saw on Sue's Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments blog that she's wrapped the containers which she's growing her trees in in bubble wrap to give them a bit of protection over winter. I haven't done this before with my trees, and they've fared perfectly well, even in the harsh winter we had last year, but I don't think you can ever be too careful where the weather's concerned so I'm going to do the same. I'd be very upset if I lost any of my trees so it's a good idea to give them a bit of protection. Hubby is able to get some bubble wrap from work, so I'm just waiting on his firm getting some deliveries now so that I've got a supply with which to wrap the pots. I hope it won't be too long as the colder weather is surely on its way.
We found a hedgehog at the allotment recently. At first, I thought it had gone in to hibernation, but a little investigation revealed that it was unfortunately dead. I just want to mention that hedgehogs need to be a decent weight in order to survive hibernation, at least 600 grams I believe, so please be on the lookout now that winter is on its way for any small ones which are out and about as they would need to be looked after, perhaps by a shelter. There's a decline in the number of hedgehogs which is a sad state of affairs, so they need all the help we can offer.
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.