2009 Veg Growers successes and failures thread.(44 Posts)
Thought it might be helpful for us to say how things are going and any varieties that you've found to be particularly successful/unsuccessful so far, we can update it later in the year. Mine are :
Tomatoes - Red Alert are brilliant though none ripe yet. Gardeners Pearl I'm not so impressed with, a lot of flower drop. Have had one ripe one so far which was good but not fantastic. Principe Borghese and Golden Queen just at flowering stage so a bit behind.
Peas & Mangetout - kelevdon wonder, great but need many more next year. Mangetout as been very easy and definitely to repeat.
Strawberries - Year 3 for some of these plants and not as good as last year, though have had a fair few off them (DH's strawberry icecream is delicious !)
Parsnips - looking very healthy and very pleased so far.
Peppers & Chilli - DH's department. He has a couple of pretty impressive pepper plants with lots of baby peppers on. Chilli plants not quite so healthy looking but he does now have 3 green chillis.
Melon - donated by a friend and grown under a cloche. Looks as if I do have one baby melon, hopfully more to come.
Sweetcorn - growing fairly slowly as not as much sun as should be but am hopeful.
Courgette - one large plant going great guns, smaller one just started flowering.
Rocket - done well but has bolted
Spinach - as above
Spring onions - slow but fine I think
Pumpkin - think I can see first baby pumpkin.
Raspberries - DH's again, looking good.
Beans - slugs have eaten most of my climbing french ones and the dwarf ones.
Aubergines - have very healthy looking plants which have just started flowering but flowers are just falling off.
Thai basil - went yellow and died.
Chives - can't get them to germinate to save my life.
Blackcurrants - first year of no flowers and fruit at all.
Not sure if success of failure
Cucumber - germinated one from seed (Cucumber Perfection), in plastic greenhouse with two bought from market. Unfortunately not sure which type the market ones are so not sure if should be taking male flowers off. Shame as have a lovely looking cucumber growing ! Other cucumber plant has tiny one on that doesn't seem to be doing much.
Beetroot - not quite sure about these, might be OK.
Carrots - most of the sown directly in the ground got munched.
Blueberries - their first year, are in pots looks like there will be some but not huge amount.
most of our stuff has grown (except spinach) but none is looking fantastic
In the greenhouse
Cucumbers - brilliant. just like real ones from waitrose
tomatoes. first one is ripe today. loads of others just turning
Peppers - lots of flowers, no fruits yet
chillies - ditto
peas - first ones fab, then they got eaten by something
salad - leaves and rocket - loads of it, some caterpillars though
Butternut squash - loads of leaves, just starting to flower
sweetcorn - no cobs yet
parsnips - loads of leaves but no idea what's happening underneath
Carrots - total failure
Real one is how I feel about my baby cucumber, will be gutted if it is bitter because I've done it all wrong !
Green and red frilly lettuces
Courgettes - I have green and yellow plants, they are lovely particularly the yellow ones
Chilis - took a while to get going and the flowers were falling off till I put them outside in the sun, I did have them on the kitchen windowsill.
Carrots! Doing well despite being quite a few weeds in their bit of the bed. Still small but we've been eating the thinnings, lovely
Squash - although lots of flowers
Sweetcorn - getting taller and taller but no cobs
Being eaten by pigeons:
Borlotti beans - a few flowers but not many
Runner beans - first pods starting to form, lots of flowers though
Being eaten by ladybirds:
All the aphids on my broad beans
Salad leaves - various - growing like mad
Spinach - lots
Still waiting but look like doing well:
Tomatoes - in the greenhouse, one small tomato has appeared, nothing yet on the other plants but lots of flowers
All the seedlings died.
This is our first year and we started late but we are quite pleased so far. We are up in Scotland so the season is a bit later here I think. Its a bit of a steep learning curve!
carrots - only small though as growing in pots
chives doing great
lettuce doing well
mint / corriander both doing well
pepper - one small pepper growing on plant
tomatoes - at flower stage who knows
cucumber - growing well but nothing produced yet
dwarf beans really struggling
not sure about others yet....
Can I join? We only have a few:
chilli (fantastic little ones with a fierce kick)
bay, rosemary and thyme
cucumber (snail food)
tomato (regenerated after snail attack. I want to give it a medal)
just sown today (has anyone ever grown these with any success?):
Lilyloo how do you grow coriander?
I grew mine from seed.
It is in quite a deep pot now , had couple of flowers which i removed and it's still doing well.
It is in sun most of the day but in shade late afternoon.
Luck of the draw though , my first try this year !!
Lilyloo I love coriander but all my attempts died at about 2 inches high. Perhaps I'll try again. Did you just get the seeds from the garden centre?
purple sprouting broccoli,
savoy all going great guns underneath my polytunnel/net thingy
courgette/pumpkins/squash OMG I've got a million
lettuce / rocket of all sorts doing great
shallots looking good
jerusalem artichokes, going great above ground, who know what's underneath
I've eaten all the globe artichokes, gooseberries, strawberries,
I've got parsley coming out of my ears
not so good
tomatoes, well they're fine, but seem slow
peas and broad beans, my bloody chooks just won't leave them alone. They've been stripped regularly <grr>
I actually got them from mil who grows them no probs too.
Will ask her where she get's them from and let you know!
Are you growing it in ground or pot ?
I think they grow best straight from seed to pot / soil as they suffer being transferred.
Mine likes the sun but is in shade in afternoon.
Good luck , worth another try. I am North so harsh weather.
Hi I'm very new to veg gardening but caught the bug this year. I'm growing a variety of veg but have a question about butternut squash, if anyone can help. I grew mine from seed and was really pleased with them (I'm not greenfingered at all, so the fact that I had any seedlings was a miracle in itself). When I planted the best ones out in my designated veg patch in the garden, most died and only 2 have survived.
My mum told me yesterday that she'd seen something with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall saying that most people make the mistake of watering the leaves of the squash plants and you should only water the roots.
Now it could be my pregnant hormones addling my brain or just my novice status confusing me here, but what about rain??? Obviously that isn't going to politely veer round the leaves and head directly for the roots. Should I have kept the plants in a greenhouse? Are my last hopes going to wither soon too?
I'd be really grateful for any advice and hopefully I won't be laughed too heartily out of this thread!
Lilyloo - would appreciate it. I get mine from garden centres. I'm growing in pots but maybe kitchen window ledge is too sunny - my basils grow really well there. Will try them in the front room but must remember to water them ...
two squash alive is a miracle. i have got one and not sure whether it will make it.
i killed one of my borlotti beans by snapping it at the bottom. raspberries are useless.
alpine strawberries are fab. i have eaten two courgettes which is more than any ever.
WizzyWoo - sorry don't know anything about butternut squash. Only started planting more this year myself. What fun it is.
Carrots - ants ate them all
Awaiting but hopeful
I think watering is essential , they don't like being dry.
What can i do to help my dwarf runner beans anyone ?
Failure - just about everything else as the chickens did a ram-raid.
Lilyloo - I do garbage enzyme on my mum's recommendation and it hasn't killed anything yet.
slng, I've had great success with kailan as it seemed far less inclined to bolt than my choi sum or pak choi. Also it keeps growing well once you start cropping it (although it eventually got too stringy).
Mangetout- 1st year of growing them and they went mad
Radishes- are on our 3 rd lot this year- we love radishes
Lettuces- grew 3 different varieties, have just planted on 2nd sowing
Potatoes- 1 st year of growing them, grown in Potato Bag- was really pleased
Pepper- actually sowed last year and overwintered my one and only plant on the kitchen windowsill, now tranferred to patio greenhouse and have 3 medium sized peppers and lots of little baby ones growing
Rhubarb- bought a small pot which has now turned into a monster
Herbs- all gone completely mad
Rocket- On second lot as first lot bolted
Still Waiting But doing well
Tomatoes- grown Moneymakers and a cherry variety, have lots of tomatoes growing on both
Runner Beans- Lots of flowers - so hopefully lots of beans
Sweetcorn- growing well but no cobs yet
Cucumbers- 1st year of growing and have lots of cucumbers growing
Butternut Squash- 1st year of growing have 2 plants growing well and just flowering, have just transplanted to the veggie patch.
Dwarf French Beans- slugs got them
Can I plants seeds directly from a butternut squash bought in a supermarket?
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