Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Straight As A Poker
I dug the first of my parsnips up at the weekend. They may not be huge but they're perfectly formed, in fact, they're the straightest parsnips I've ever grown. In previous years, most of my parsnips have been all shoulder and not much root, but you can't say that about these. I hope that the rest are just as good, and if left, grow a bit bigger. I wasn't expecting huge roots just yet, but couldn't resist pulling a few to have a taste. We'll be having them with our meal tonight.
My next door neighbour knocked on the door at the weekend with a bag of pears for us. He said his tree had only produced one single pear last year, but he's got a bumper crop this year and wondered if we'd like some. Yes please! There was just under four pounds in the bag, so a good amount for us to go at. I'm looking for recipes now, I quite fancy having a go at a pear cake and a pear tart.
We managed to get all the containers in the garden sorted out on Sunday. The tender plants were moved in to the greenhouse for a bit of protection over winter and the annuals were added to the compost bin. The fragile pots have been stored away safely. It was all done in the nick of time as we had our first frost of the year that night, winter is on the way.
Don't forget, if you haven't yet entered my giveaway, you've got until twelve noon on Sunday the 10th of November 2013 to do so. Just leave a comment on The Allotment Planner post.
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.