Well I was originally going to write a post for each of these but figured it would be easier to just condense it all into one post as no matter which one I did first it would kind of give the other away so splitting it into two would have been pointless. I think I thought that out better in my mind than what I just wrote so i hope you get my meaning..lol
So I am going to break it into categories for the purpose of ease and list good and bad in each category. I have managed to get crops from everything planted this year but some yields were much better than others and quality in some cases were great and in others...OK but only that.
Carrots, lovely, straight and tasty...germinated well.
White onions. Great size and quality.
Garlic, lovely big cloves and nice and strong.
Turnips, germinated well, nice size, lovely taste.
Beetroot. A fantastic year for them...almost gluttonous!!
Parsnips....just didn't germinate.
Celeriac, came to nothing!!
Red onions...pokey little things.
Swede... germinated but not very good though this my be my fault as I forgot to thin them out.
Peas... came in abundance and had plenty to eat.
Mange tout...Did really well, so much so I didn't get them all picked in time.
Sugar snap peas... As above.
All beans!! They germinated well and produced well initially but then soon started producing woody veg probably due to the lack of rain. Many people have had the same problem this year so although we have enjoyed some I don't have the stores that I am used to!!
An incredibly good crop this year of both New potatoes and old potatoes. I grew 'Nicolas' for my new potatoes and 'King Edwards' for my main crop. I shall be sticking with these varieties next year!!
Kale...Germinated well and fended for itself well. Still plenty left to harvest
Cauliflower...slow to germinate and never produced the flower.
Red Cabbage...got attacked even under the netting.
Green cabbage...as above
Brussels...I kind of forgot to water the first seedlings and then the next two lots got attacked by caterpillars in the greenhouse so I don't have any in the allotment this year.
Raab.... Never germinated.
????...I know something else didn't germinate..just can't remember what?!?!
Calabrese....Bolted before true heads formed and flowered.
cucumbers...Really don't need to say much about any of these as lets face it we all know that most of the time they are gluttonous crops....haven't tried the spaghetti squash yet so I will tell you about that later.
Butternut Squash...only two fruits this year and still not yet ripe enough to pick.
Well that's about it for the crops..( I have just realised however that i didn't have as great a germiantion as I remembered when I really thought about it, I guess our ability to block out the bad is what makes us carry on being gardeners...should I delete the post before I get to depressed over this years failures??? Too late...I now have it all re-committed to memory...Damn!!). I haven't put fruit and salad crops into this post but I realise it's kind of boring without any exciting pictures to break up the text so I think I will let you all go now and do a fruity post maybe tomorrow...might even get a couple of pictures in that to really liven things up. God I bet you're sat on the edge of your seats now waiting for that one...lol
OK, I'm going before I get even more sarcastic over my ability to write the most mundane blog post ever...night all!!
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