Posted: 03/10/2013 at 23:03
Lots of ideas from this thread for next year. Here in the westcountry we have had a bumper year, even though we had a cold spring. Highlights: runner beans Moonlight. Tried the new Jackpot dwarf runner beans. Very early, good flavour, have collected seeds for next year, but will give more support.
Beetroots Cylindra and Red Ace, very prolific, and tasty, just cooked the last ones.
Leeks Elefant and Porbella which were free from D.B. Brown, very good.
Courgettes best ever, Cavili, Napoli and Soleil, but will try Parador next year as suggested on here. I make loads of soup with my courgettes for the freezer for winter lunches.
I grow purple sprouting broccoli amongst my courgette plants in the vain hope that the cabbage whites will miss them, but they eventually found them. They are now recovering, so all is well. Winter cabbages however, were well and truly damaged, am hoping they will come good. Tried the new Black Kale and liked it, its not as tough as Nero.
Chard, always in the garden, great stand by. I grow Fordhook Giant and the rainbow collection, grow in good fertile ground.
Broad bean Monica, will grow again, have loads in the freezer.
Tomatoes best ever in the garden for Sungold, and Black Krim. No blight this year. In the greenhouse tried Delicious, and they were really were delicious but not very prolific.
Where would I be without my trusty Burpless Tasty Green cucumber. I grow them up a south facing wall, in plenty of compost and well watered. Picked the last one today for lunch.
Next year I will grow more flowers for the bees and butterflies, they were very much in evidence this year so don't want to disappoint next year. They loved the marjoram and verbena bonariensis, buddleigh, scabious etc.
Wont Grow Again: This is the last year I grow carrots, they just don't suit my garden, even though I have a fleece cover, the root flies still get in. Same goes for parsnips.
This leaves more room next year for extra broad beans and leeks.
No more onions, as have been inflicted with rot, or potatoes either, although I had a few Lady Balfour left over from the supermarket which had sprouted, so planted them in a small row. I recently thought I should dig them up to see if they had produced much, and lo and behold I have a wonderful crop of large sound potatoes! So perhaps do the same next year, although I know you are not suppoed to do this!