Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
A New Variety
I had a wander around Wilkinson's at the weekend. They've cleared their shelves of Christmas paraphernalia and have now stocked them with gardening items, ready for the new season. They've already got their seed potatoes in, and although I've got my Arran Pilots on order from the allotment association, I couldn't resist trying a new to me variety. I've gone for Anya, a potato mentioned on many blogs before, but which I've never grown myself. Anya is a cross between Desiree and Pink Fir Apple and is supposed to have a nutty taste. I'm hoping that it will produce a good salad potato. I'll be growing all my potatoes in containers again this year, I find they grow much better and cleaner this way, and frees up the allotment for other things.
I've decided that I'm going to grow peppers again this year, after giving them a miss last year. I've never had a huge harvest of peppers, but I'm hoping that by increasing the number of plants I grow, I may get a worthwhile yield. I haven't checked my seed stash yet, but I'm sure I've got a few varieties still in there. I'd like to get some sown quite early as they do tend to need a long growing season. The problem is judging it right, too early and the plants will grow leggy, too late and there won't be enough time for the peppers to ripen.
We woke to a little more than a sprinkling of snow yesterday, and throughout the morning it continued to snow. I really didn't think we'd had much, but I noticed a snowman in one of the gardens nearby when I took Archie for his walk this morning. Most of the snow has gone now, but it's trying it's hardest to snow again at the moment. We keep getting a flurry, but it doesn't seem to be settling, thank goodness.
I live in Leeds in West Yorkshire with my husband, son, daughter and Archie the dog. I'm a stay at home mum and I have many hobbies which include gardening, knitting, crochet and genealogy. The Good Life blog follows my progress on my allotment and Through The Keyhole blog follows my family life. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow my adventures with me.