Posted: 30/09/2013 at 19:11
Agreed, nice idea for a thread - thought I replied yesterday but post went crazy!
My first proper summer in this garden,was quite unfocused and tried all sorts of stuff . Goodish year overall, lots of caterpillar problems once it got warm and they ate everything to some extent - cabbages, kale, chillies and tomatoes all got hit. Anyway...
Runner beans - Enorma, done well after lateish start.
French beans - Purple Teepee grew well and prolific, Speedy ok too. Tried Solano - a yellow type, small and disappointing beans.
Carrots - Nandor, my first proper try at carrots and got some nice ones so growing a later crop in deep pots. Will try more next year.
Cabbages - Greyhound, grew very easily and got some big hearts. Will grow again with some netting etc next year.
Tomatoes - good crop - Sungolds prolific but agree bit too sweet for me and split a lot, Torenzo bush type were prolific and tasty. Ferline - good size fruits. Bought a Shirley and Gardeners Delight late on from GC cheap, and those are still fruiting.
Courgettes - didn't have a good year, hit and miss with several types. Think the weather didn't help. Tried Black Forest climbers with seeds from GW show but think it was a little late - few nice fruits off those.
Garlic - Albigensian Wight - good little crop, tasty cloves.
Cucumbers - Marketmore outdoor type very good as they were last year. Some good Telegraphs in the greenhouse but got mildewy early.
Chillies - all did okay - Numex Twilight and Oruzco Hot Purple particularly (in greenhouse), and will try to overwinter a couple in a propagator this year and have one at least for indoor pot plant. Each year I grow some from my own dried chillies from the year before, and try a few different types. Friars Hat tried this year - unusual looking and did ok.