Posted: 12/10/2015 at 16:29
There was a summer?
Strawberries - millions of flowers and small green berries, and then they all went brown and withered - suspect verticulum wilt, bed cleared - rotation time!
Carrots OK, really slow to grow but thats OK because I quite like to pull them small for baby carrots.
Spinach - what spinach? very few Emilia germinated, did little better with Perpetual, really struggled to get a meals worth at the same time, and then the leaves were full of slug holes (OK I do no slug control so that's my own fault).
Radishes, had a few early on, later sowings never came up - robbed? inattentive gardener? beats me!
Peas - was always going to be an experiment growing in troughs. Started OK, a bit smaller than previous years or maybe they seemed smaller because not in a raised bed? pretty average crop, and then powdery mildew again. Water stress from being in troughs? Dunno, I had 4 drippers in each trough and gave them an hour a day, possibly being in a corner meant that the air didn't circulate freely around them?
Potatoes - first time, didn't know what to expect, too many seed pots per bag so they were quite small but probably did OK. Late spuds are in now, wind has near demolished them but still they grow even though the foliage is more beside the bags then over them!
Raspberries, OK - I'd need more canes to get a better crop, I think each cane does just fine.
Parsley - really slow to start and then went out of control.
Flowers - never grown them before, I have a trailing snapdragon in flower now, a month behind all the others in the basket, Verbena have been flowering for about a month, Bergamot I'm sure aren't going to flower now, Tagettes I bought in flower and are still just about going. Sunflowers (dwarf) all made several flowers but some were weedy looking plants. Lobelia, planted under the sunflowers, blooming well now but started after the sunflowers finished - poor timing! So much for attracting bees, all my flowers were way too late for that!
Tomatoes (in conservatory) - well where to start? Probably got a bit leggy early on, and then grew and grew and grew despite some damage incurred during my attempts to train them. Loads of flowers, initially poor pollination rate but got better and better. I have had loads and loads of tomatoberry and there are more ready to pick now. Shirley have done pretty well too although some trusses have produced tiny tomatoes others on same plant have produced nice full sized ones). Finally decided to put a heater in last weekend and set thermostat ot 15, lower leaves on tomatoberry have started crisping and losing chlorophyll so I trimemd them off, but still these plants are putting out new flowers and whilst I keep the temps up the tomatoes continue to ripen.... I thnk the lack of sun through much of the summer here delayed things a bit (or a lot) but creating an artificial summer in the conservatory has definitely helped!
Oh, and the garden forage - great year for blackberries, middlin' year for elderberries - the wind robbed the elderberry of flowers but then it managed a second flush (which it didn't last year and I got nothing) so I got some fruit - I could have had more if I'd set up the longer ladder. Why do I always associate Autumn with pies?