Allotment successes

by Jane Moore

I've had some cracking crops this year, some are tried and tested varieties that I know are good and reliable, while some vegetable varieties are completely new to me.

Charlotte potatoesI've had some cracking crops this year. Some are tried and tested varieties that I know are good and reliable, while some vegetable varieties are completely new to me.

I've grown quite a few potatoes, my favourite variety, ‘Charlotte’, has performed exceptionally well, coming out of the ground perfectly formed, virtually blemish-free and in huge quantities.

‘Picasso’, a regular main crop I grow, has also been good, as has ‘Cara’ which I’ve never grown before. I’ve also tried a few tubers of a new variety called ‘Mayan Twilight’, which is reputed to be closer to the original form of potato than most. The potatoes look great and I got a good-sized crop, but I haven’t eaten it yet, so the jury is still out.

My runner beans have also been a runaway success, producing lovely straight, soft beans in copious quantities. (I know I said back in the spring that I wasn’t growing them this year but I collected my own seeds last year and I just had to try them out.) Collecting the beans at the end of the season was so easy and surprisingly pleasing – it’s great to be looking forward to next season as the winter draws in.

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Gardeners' World Web User 21/08/2009 at 19:24

my nadines came up small this year but my king edwards and desire have triumphed sack and sacks and my soils lovely my runner beans are doing good had 2 sunday dinners so far and thats a family off 16 round 4 dinner sorry tomatoes all got blight and my onions were vandelised by kids in the holidays so a fence is going to have to go up

Gardeners' World Web User 22/08/2009 at 14:37

I grew Rocket Potatoes again this year and have been delighted with results. Last year I grew Maris Peer and was very disappointed. Mostly I grow them in tubs and boxes. My runner beans were slow in getting started but then they really went to town. Tomatoes took long time to ripen then suddenly they have all come good. Courgettes have just about finished [mildew] but marrows have suddenly romped away again. Help!! have just noticed some sooty deposits on my bean leaves again-seem to get this every year-what causes it?

Gardeners' World Web User 22/08/2009 at 14:51

Sante are an excellent maincrop. They show some blight resistance (and we have been hit again this year). Am just starting to dig them up now, large spuds, and would easily feed 4 - 5 big portions from each plant. Next year it will be Charlottes for 2nd earlies, Sante's for main, and am leaning towards Anya for 1st earlies but the jury is still out.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/08/2009 at 12:52

Im new to this gardening malarky but have got the bug big time. Ive already turned half my garden into a veg plot. I know allotments are very hard to get hold of so would it be worth putting my name down already so that when i get more experience i can jump straight in? its shocking to see so many in diss use in my area as i know so many people want one.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/08/2009 at 15:16

Kindly help on two points. How long should I let horse manure mature prior to use. I have kept this in the past for six months? Have met a plant called "morning glory". It resembles the wild trumpet white flower, and also has the same foliage. This morning glory is white with a red circle at the top of the flower. The owner loves it, but is sad the flower only opens in the morning. Do you know why this is so? She would love to see the flower open in the p.m. or evening. Thanks for your reply Eileen Carter.

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