Posted: 29/09/2013 at 07:59
I've grown some old favourites and some new varieties this year - some have been successful, and some less so.
Runner Beans - I grew Wisley Magic for the second year running - last year they did well in an atrocious season. This year, after a slow start they're cropping amazingly well - prolific trusses of long straight flat beans - really show quality, virtually stringless and with a fantastic proper runner bean flavour. I will be growing these again next year.
Courgettes - Last year I grew Parador yellow courgettes and had a really good crop, again in an awful summer. I couldn't get the seeds this year so have grown Soleil, but have been disappointed. Lovely looking plants, no mildew to speak of, but a poor crop really. I shall be searching out Parador for next year.
Broad Beans - I planted Aquadulce Claudia direct into the veg patch last October - they grew well and stood up to about 2 ft of snow for over 2 months. We had a really good crop of tasty beans in early June. I've ordered some more seeds.
Swiss Chard - This summer I've been growing Lucullus - fantastic! Much bigger and better plants and more tender and tastier than the ruby chard I've grown in the past. I've sown some more for autumn/spring picking and have ordered more seed for next year.