For the first time we have grown shallots which were a real success. (Sets were brought from the UK as we've not seen them for sale here. We took some that we harvested to our local seed merchant last week and he said he'd never seen them here before.) Can't wait to pickle some of them for Christmas, but they will have to wait until we get rid of the immediate glut of veggies.
The French beans and summer cabbages were also a success. Usually we grow the Un Metro long beans but tried the French beans instead this year. We have sown three successional crops and they are still doing well.
The garlic bulbs are huge this year and the onions have also done well.
All the other usual veggies going great guns, especially the tomatoes. Last year we lost most of the plants to the blight. We are growing a second crop of cucumbers now. What a pleasure to have such a long growing season.
Summer spinach didn't even germinate. I suspect the temperature was too warm for it. Will try again in September. The cut and come again lettuce was fantastic earlier in the season. Will also plant more of that a bit later on.
Does anyone know for sure where leek plants are currently being sold? Our seed merchant Spiros says that he can't get any at present as none of them are certified as being free from disease.
Now, if anyone can grow raspberries or rhubarb successfully, I am going to be so jealous!!
Message posted by cannock girl on 11 August 2010 at 9:23pm - IP Logged
Lost all but 2 tomatoes this year, brown blight
birds ate the plums, will errect cages next year if I have the energy, beans glut, sure been good season and cabbages, peppers not so perky as last year, peas did well. Sprouts look as if they will yeild
Small peach tree gave us 7 peaches, walnut tree loaded
Weeds excelled themselves, didn't lose one to my knowledge got mares tail in lower garden, nightmare, spreads like wildfire, hundreds pushed up through membrane, nothing kills them only strimming controls
Concrete the only answer, feel they will take over the island soon
Message posted by trisa on 11 August 2010 at 10:01pm - IP Logged
Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!! We have grown some great potatoes too, onions, turnips, beetroot, sweetcorn, melons, coriander, parsley, mint, sage, mange tout peas, our asparagus gave us a few shoots this year for the first time in 4 years but apparaetly will keep getting better. We were given a rhubarb and have had some gorgeous sticks of rhubarb, will look after that carefully, has quite a bit of shade under an olive tree, and have to give lots of water. We pulled up a few carrots the other day and have had nice brocolli, I am hoping for another flush from them later in the summer. OOO I love it!
Message posted by trisa on 11 August 2010 at 11:34pm - IP Logged
I shall be interested to hear how your asparagus gets on Jan. I don't know much about growing the crowns but do know that they are very drought tolerant and will survive for years in well drained soil. I also remember that you don't harvest them in the first year. Good luck with them!
We gave rhubarb a try but although we had a few stems, it really didn't like the climate. I think rhubarb, like raspberries, likes cool weather. We do get frost up here most winters but probably not enough of it. We don't have a problem with slugs or snails though. Unfortunately we have very little shade around our veggie plot.
Does anyone know if it is now too late to sow brussel sprout seeds? Might try them anyway. Also, has anyone had any luck with swedes? Ours were a bit woody.
We've also managed to keep coriander growing really well all year by sowing every month. Herbs of all kinds seem to love it here.
We were told that nothing will come up through the membrane, and if it did it will only have seeded from the top and would be easy to pull out. WRONG!!!
Message posted by cannock girl on 11 August 2010 at 11:49pm - IP Logged
I have the first batch of sun-dried tomatoes on the go. Passata tomorrow.Thanks!
It's going to be the courgette chutney on Friday probably followed by the courgette brownies and the courgette chocolate cake, the courgette and bacon pasta, the courgette and coriander soup and so it goes on and on and on! Won't have to cook anything in the winter though hopefully!
Message posted by trisa on 11 August 2010 at 11:56pm - IP Logged
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