Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Chit Chit Chit Chit Chitting
As well as collecting the mystery seeds last weekend (see last post), I also collected the potatoes I'd ordered. I've gone for Arran Pilot, the same variety I grew last year. I was really impressed with them, the yield was good, they tasted very good and they were versatile. I'll be growing them in containers rather than in the ground, firstly to free up space for other things at the allotment, but also because they come out so clean when grown in containers, with no damage at all. My potatoes used to suffer dreadfully from slug attack when grown at the allotment. This is the first time I've ordered my potatoes from the allotment shop and I was pleasantly surprised by the price, just £2.25 for half a stone, which is a little over the 3kg nets which are sold in garden centres for considerably more. They've now been set out to chit in the conservatory, this is just some of them. It's a good job I've got plenty of containers as I'm going to need them. I've also got a small packet of Anya potatoes which I'm growing for the first time, and I may get another small bag of another variety to try this year.
The peppers and onions which I sowed are doing very well. One job I must make time to do this weekend is to pot on the peppers as they could now do with moving out of the seed tray and in to individual pots of their own. The onions were sown in to modules, so they'll be able to stay in there until they're planted out. I sowed one seed to one module and about thirty out of the forty have germinated so far, but I haven't given up hope of the others pushing through yet as the ones already growing have germinated at various times. I've just noticed that another couple have poked their noses through the soil overnight. They obviously germinate over a long period. Some people would sow a couple of seeds to each module just in case one of the seeds doesn't germinate, but I don't mind if I end up with a few empty spaces.
The snow which was forecast for yesterday didn't fall here, though Hubby did hit a patch on his way home from work. He was at a meeting in Salford so would have to cross the Pennines which usually catch any snowfall which is around. It's forecast again today so we'll see if that materialises, then it's forecast to snow all tomorrow morning. I hope it isn't too bad as it was my son's 18th birthday this week and we're having a bit of a party tomorrow night. I hope I don't have to go in my wellies.
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.