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After the miserable weather we had in 2012, we said we would only concentrate on things that did well in the wet. Broad beans, runner beans, salads and early potatoes, but as spring approaches we will no doubt be saying" I think we'll give so and so a try again" we usually do. All our fruit, both soft and apples etc did well, so let's hope for a drier year and more crops. I think we will need to be growing as much as possible to try to save money!
We have got a Peregrine Peach, but have not had a lot of success so far, either the frost has got the blossom or it has been stricken with leaf curl. The few fruits that did set, then dropped off, but maybe this year.......
Purple sprouting broccoli is looking good so far.
I'm with Sue H. Extreme weather can mean extreme heat, or extreme drought, or extreme cold, not just extreme wet. We could experience all or none of the above in the next few years, just like in the last few. Using last year as a benchmark is very short-sighed IMO.
Just keep on growing what you like and will do well in your soil conditions.
Absolutely! Keep on gardening, and hedge your bets. You never know what the weather has in store, but surely it won't be another wet one. Have fun everyone.
I'd a great crop of enormous Sarpo Mira potatoes - all from potatoes kept from the previous year. Adjacent plots had blight, but mine escaped, as I sprayed lightly with Bordeaux mix when I saw the signs nearby. I checked the stored S. Mira & Kestrel yesterday and all are fine - no rot, but Mayan Gold had rotted. Onions and shallots were very poor and only a few have kept until now. Climbing beans were late, but crop was reasonable. French beans - very poor. Beetroot - worst results in 6 years. Carrots best in 6 years - kept covered with light fleece all season. We'd a very wet, cool 2012 season in Central Scotland.
Try this defence barrier to 'deter' if not get rid of slugs completely :-
Collect shells from a beach, preferably where there are lots of broken ones already - encourage the kids to help. Once home, smash the shells up and sprinkle the bits in a complete ring around things like seedlings, lettuce, etc.
Will try that Plotter. I put crushed baked egg shells around some of my nicest Hostas and found that the ones treated like this didn't get as munched as the ones I didn't treat. Similar principle I expect. Thankyou.
Had the same slug problems and due to lack of sun my annuals really struggled but then I had the benefit of having a late flowering of cosmos and antirinnhums which went on until late November. The fuschias also lasted much longer.
Still 2013 will bring different problems but also more unexpected delights.