Last year was the first time I’d grown any vegetables other than the odd tomato plant as a child. I’d always wanted to grow my own but had always lived in houses with no garden (just a back yard) and never really thought about getting an allotment, they were something that old men had, I know please don’t shout at me for my ignorance!
I found these wonderful patio potato planters in the local garden centre. I got some seed potatoes (Pentland Javlin) from a DIY store, planted them up and some weeks later pulled out the most wonderful potatoes I’d tasted, I couldn’t believe the difference in taste. And there the journey began, I was hooked.
Remembering how wonderful my potatoes tasted, when all the seed catalogues started arriving I thumbed through to the potato selection and was spoilt for choice, I was like a child in a candy store. The final list, decided with a little help from Caleb (my son) was:
• First Earlies: Pentland Javlin (for me as they were so good the first time) and Rocket (for Caleb) • Second Earlies: Yukon Gold • Early Maincrop: Rudolph (Caleb’s choice - I wonder why) and Blue Danube (only 99p due to size of order, so we thought we’d give them a try) • Late Maincrop: Golden Wonder and Pink Fir Apple • Christmas Collection: Orla - First Early, Vivaldi - Second Early, Carlingford - Second Early, Sarpo Una - First Early
So here I am, seed potatoes are in the shops, and I’m waiting anxiously for mine to be delivered so I can start to chit my earlies!
Hi I'm Katy,I'm a single mother in her mid (erm late) 30's who has had the wonderful world of grow your own introduced to her. How it all started - well in the summer of 2009 I managed to get myself an allotment (rather overgrown) and spent most of that year trying to educate myself about the world of fruit and vegetables through trial and error, blogs and magazines and tried to get my lottie into a nice 'working' plot so that I can somehow be more self sufficient. Samson was my Dog, sadly he took the trip across Rainbow Bridge in August 2011. There is no Delilah but I thought it sounded better than Katy, well it sounded a little different, when I decided to name my blog after Samson LOL. So here we are, present day, errors have been made and learnt from, and through blogging and videoing I'm hoping to learn from all of this and share my experiences with all my fellow plotters out there. Hope you enjoy the journey.
Down at my allotment there are vegetables and flowers,
I planted every one of them and stay there hours and hours,
I have a little shed where I can make a cup of tea,
Down at my allotment is the only place for me.
Carrots, Cauliflowers, Onions and Beans,
Courgettes, Brussels sprouts, Squash and Wintergreens,
Tulips, Daffodils, Marigolds and Phlox
Sunflowers, Violets, Daisy’s, Hollyhocks.