Here we are in 2014, one of the best summers for years especially in my neck of the woods i.e. Scottish Borders. But my veg patch is rubbish- hardly anything has grown and apart from courgettes and potato I can harvest very little.
This is a patch I am getting to know - have had one previous summer where things went relatively well. But the previous owners zapped the place with Round-up so we are wormless - this year found a couple. We have fenced it in (no rabbits) and covered with netting (only the smallest birds) and yet the growth has been pathetic. I sowed green manure plants over winter but wish I'd just spread manure instead as the results this year have been rubbish.
Beans (huge harvest last year) have produced three so far. I mean three beans, from about 15 plants.
Peas -= most have failed but I have about three which have flowers but about two actual peas to date.
Parsnips- seem to be fine
Carrots- three from a sowing of hundreds.
Brassica- have survived, sprouts especially, but the leaves are flu;l of holes and the cabbages have been completely reduced to slime - I assume sludge, despite my slug repellent.
The courgette seem fine and the potato seem to have survived but harvest is a tad pathetic.
Onions- complete waste of time. Now harvested and all about twice the size of the original sets, that's all.
I did water every day when it was very warm here- was that too much?
I have seen lots of small black beetles in the area- is this flea beetle? And if so,how do I prevent them next year?
I have tried neem oil and nematodes but see no improvement.
The soil here is OK but very stony so it is a constant de-stoning process. Should I maybe just let things lie fallow for a year and compost madly?
Really frustrated as I work hard on this but have limited time and resources.
Any advice would be much appreciated.