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Good year.... Bad year......?

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OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 10-Sep-08 12:02:12

So what has worked well for you this year and what hasnt worked well?
For us (am down south!):
-Good- -year-
Potatoes - turned into triffids, took over garden
Rhubarb (grew ginormous and is still going)
Autumn raspberries
Sweetcorn
Strawberries

-bad- -year-
pears - where did they go?
romanesco - attacked by slugs, cats and then cat broke through netting so cabbage whites got in. They are still ankle high.
Globe artichokes - they just wouldnt grow!!!
lettuces - slugs got the lot. 3 times.
peas - never get the hang of them.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 10-Sep-08 12:02:45

doh - my underlining didnt work!

snorkle Wed 10-Sep-08 12:23:26

Good year:
Apples (tonnes)
Rhubarb
Lettuce (plenty all summer)
Tomatoes
Carrots
Sweetcorn
mint (well, it's a weed really)
chives & basil
Celeriac*

Average yesr:
Courgette
Squash (av. to poor really, only one decent fruit per plant)
Onion (harvested too late - several starting to rot)
Spinach
Leek
Parsnip


Bad Year:
Swedes/ Brocolli/ Cabbage (all brassicas munched by caterpillars as usual)
Runner Beans (tried dwarf variety, poor yield & then got some sort of disease)
French beans (just didn't work)

*based on expected yield - haven't really harvested any/many yet)

snorkle Wed 10-Sep-08 12:24:43

err leeks and parsnips were supposed to be asterisked rather than parsnips being bold

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 10-Sep-08 19:54:55

Sounds like a reasonable year for you
must have been a bad year for beans - even the ones we've had from riverford have been dreadful!

snorkle Wed 10-Sep-08 21:56:18

Yes, I think it was pretty good smile. I have my fingers crossed to get an allotment next month, so will hopefully be able to grow lots more next year.

trefusis Wed 10-Sep-08 22:03:45

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OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 10-Sep-08 22:09:09

Blimey trefusis - am surprised the tomatoes didnt get blight! Well done on the parsnips - must try them next year.

blueberries very bad here too.

good luck on the allotment snorkle!

snorkle Thu 11-Sep-08 09:43:41

Do give parsnips a go badkitten. It was my first try with them this year & I pulled 4 up for sunday roast last weekend and one was so big I really, really struggled to get it out - it must have been at least 18" long (and that was with the end snapped off). Tasty too, but they're supposed to be even better after the frost has got them (not sure mine will last that long).

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 11-Sep-08 15:54:36

I will do!!! I love the idea of gigantic parsnips grin

trefusis Fri 12-Sep-08 09:49:29

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