The summer is now coming to an end. Most of the veggies are being harvested.
What crops have been particularly good this year?
What has disappointed you?
What leasons have you learnt?
For me there have been a few things i have been pleased with-
Peas. I have tried these a lot in the last few years with little success but this year we got a good crop. I think this has been because i have been able to protect them from serious slug attack long enough for the plants to grow big. This was probably because of the very cold winter reducing number of slugs.
Tomatoes. Got a greenhouse this year and got loads of tomatoes. Did not even prune the plants very much. Just planted them then let them grow.
cucumbers and gerkin. These are surprisingly easy to grow if you have a greenhouse or Clouche. Will definately be growing more next year.
Carrots. Got loads of these. very little damage from pests. Making a protective wall around these with plastic is essential. I did not do this last year and they were inedible due to carrot fly.
Onion. Yet again these have been a poor crop for me. I think this is because my soil is very poorly drained due to a lot of clay. Lots of them have rotten roots. Think i will just grow a few shallots in a raised bed next year.
Cauliflower. Think i will give up on these. They were looking lovely one day and within a week they were gone. The white flower had gone all yellow and damaged.
Butternut squash. Very disappointing. Have grown loads of pumpkin but all the butternut squash planted at the same time have produced weak plants with no squashs. Has anyone else had problems with these or has anyone found them easy to grow?
Sweetcorn- Very poor. not sure what is wrong, have never had problems before. Possible explainations- Had spuds in that bed last year. Maybe they drained all the nutrients from the soil. Or they were in a spot which was a bit shady. Or the seeds were cheap seeds from a supermarket. Maybe they were not very good quality. Or i planted them in the same bed as the pumpkin. The theory being that the corn grows high and the pumpkin grows on the ground. Both are happy. Maybe the pumpkin have overwhelmed the corn. Very disappointed with this. The kids love fresh corn on the cob.
Asparagus. Still not getting any decent crop from a bed planted 2 years ago. very disappointing.
Buy decent seed. The sweetcorn have been poor. But the brussel spouts have also been poor. Bit early to say as they should not be ready til xmas but they have been badly damaged by white fly when the broccoli and kale next to them are ok. I bought a load of young plants from a local flower shop and maybe they were not to good. I have never had trouble with them before when i bought seed from a garden centre.
Don't plant to early. Cold winter, cold soil. Lots of the early stuff i planted cropped badly. I planted early carrots, then a main crop. The main crop quickly overtook the early crop. Have been picking them to thin them out for 6-8 weeks and all the main crop are much bigger than the earlies.
Keep a diary next year. Need to keep a record of when i plant stuff and what varieties are planted.