Posted: 06/10/2013 at 10:41
Good year on the whole if a bit of a late starter. Lots of new beds for me to go at although addition of several truck loads of mushroom compost in the spring may have made the soil a bit rich for some plants & seedlings in the first season. Cougettes liked it though & it should be great soil next year!
1st year for raspberries - Autumn Bliss - amazingly good crop so far. Summer ones have put on lots of growth for next year
Cougettes (yellow & green) - bumper crop - have made loads of spicy fritters for the freezer & several jars of sweet pickled cougettes - absolutely yummy with cheese or cold cuts
Peas - Early Onward - much better than last year - fairly long period of cropping
Runner beans - Scarlet Emperor? - tasty & v tender when picked small - heavy crop - very late but great just now
Chantes carrots - good tasty crop - had to protect from fly
Cosmos - huge bushy plants (4' +) - still full of flower - sown late (mid April) & pinched out
Tomatoes - GD & Sungold grown outside both really poor (again) - thick skins, lots split & very late to ripen. I think too many extremes of temp & very little rain this year. Oudoor toms often dont seem to do very well for me & cause lots of anxst - is it warm enough? will the neighbour water? are they staked securely if its windy? have I fed enough / too much? - not sure if I can be bothered next year! (Taste so good when I get it right tho')
Coriander - Calypso - started well but bolted in the heat & 3 further sowings in ground failed to germinate - same with Butterhead lettuce. Have done well in the past. Wondering if mice or voles have eaten the seeds - lots of holes in my raised beds this year!!
Garlic & shallots - tiny & rotting in the ground - ended up in the bin
Seems to have been a year of extremes both weather & cropping - wise