Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:52
Nothing really is normal this year Loz, my beans are tall but spindly with nary a sign of a flower, peas only 8 inches tall, flowering but they should be 36 -40 inches high as they are bush types. Often hard to dig tatties, there are special potato forks which are supposed to help. I tend to pull the top off then spuddle around with my hands until I find something. Having said that we are not growing any this year for a variety of reasons. Broad beans eaten by slugs - no year is ever as the books and packaging tell you, but this wet dark weather is really holding everything back. Keep using the organisc irion bawed slug pellets, and for the rest, just hope, not much more any of us can do I am afraid.
Raspberies have suface roots and may just have drowned, I've got plenty of foliage but few if any berries - will be an expensive year food wise I think, come autumn. Farmers are teling their crops are suffering dreadfully, fields of rotten peas shown and so forth.
Of course, as ever, next year will be wonderful, it always is .................