Posted: 03/10/2013 at 17:35
I think it's too early for me to really say, but I reckon I'll grow everything again next year!
Spinach Emilia F1 has been really easy to grow and produced plenty of leaves, I think the first batch is done, second batch may have been a bit late, not looking very strong yet. Perhaps not the strongest flavour but I have been using as baby leaves.
Radishes - FB3 I have always liked FB and they grew easily to fill the gaps. Last batch has slowed down due to recent weather.
Peas - Hurst Green Shaft have grown fantastically well and are producing loads of pods, but being so late I am worrying about whether the peas will actually fill out so I get to taste them. Unless they taste horrible I will definitely sow these again, but earlier, and with better support (they are twice the height the packet says).
Carrots - May not get a crop (sowed Autumn King and Nantes 5) due to being right at the limit of the sowing season, lots of foliage on AK but not much root. N5 maybe just too late, still not much foliage.
As my first time growing for myself (used to help my dad years ago) I'm pretty pleased with everything, if I don't get to sample some of them it's due to my poor planning and late sowing, nothing has failed, everything is growing, it just might not mature before winter!
On the plus side gardening has finally made me pay attention to the brambles along the east wall an I've had some good pickings off them although the fruit is highly variable. Also finally got round to picking some elderberries off my tree (which is in a far too densely planted patch that I really must get round to sorting out) and tried them in pies - want to try cordial next.
Next year (need to build another raised bed over the winter) I will have Strawberries (Albion), bought a finished plant this year and have been potting runners, enough to fill a bed! Will also have Raspberries (Autumn Bliss) in a pot (half barrel) - it has flowered this year but I planted it at totally the wrong time so don't really expect the fruits to form. I am thinking about more fruit, maybe a blueberry in a half barrel?
Would like to try toms and grapes but not sure they will do well outdoors in Scotland?