Best crops this summer?

Soilman's been asking what people’s best crops have been this year. For us it’s definitely (and I’m touching wood as I type this) been the celeriac, which had 100% germination and is bulbing up beautifully. Probably, now I’ve typed this, there will be some previously unknown celeriac blight or pest that will wipe out our crop!

Our worst crop was definitely the asparagus peas – not that they were difficult to grow or anything like that but they just tasted lousy (sorry Duncan, but we weren’t convinced by your arguments in their favour).

Other things that did well this year for us were strawberries and beans. Our peas were good but not exceptional and we definitely need to grow more next year. Our overwintered broad beans were brilliant, but our spring planted ones were attacked by blackfly and did nothing very much. Our first early potatoes were superb: large, tasty, easy to dig, our salad potatoes were good: small, tasty, not so easy to dig, and our maincrop were disappointing, but that wasn’t their fault – we ran out of properly prepared soil and had to plant them in an area of the plot that hadn’t been properly dug or manured and it showed, when we dug them they were small and scabby.

So what’s been your success and failure rate over the summer?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, September 16, 2009


OpenID nipitinthebud said...

the good - raspberries, runner beans, dwarf beans, pumpkins, courgettes, peas (also not enough, potatoes, sunflowers, carrots, beets
the bad - dealing with the cabbage white caterpillars now on the brassicas and taking three sowings with the peas before I beat the slugs, second sowings of carrots not so good
the ugly - blight, blight, blight and having to dig out all 47 tomato plants (so the potatoes did surprisingly well under those circumstances)

September 16, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

Courgettes - they never seem to fail wherever we have lived and by the end of summer we are usually sick of them. Sweetcorn was good and the beans. For us the spinach always seem to bolt, the cauliflowers were small and if anyone knows how to grow nice cauliflowers I would love to know your secret as I have only ever grown good cauliflowers once many years ago. Everything else was okay and we are still experimenting as this is only the second season here in Latvia.

September 16, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

You've had some great successes. My biggest success has been the strawberries and the beans (French and runner).
I've yet to come across anyone who actually likes asparagus peas. I haven't tried them myself, but after the reviews I've read I think I'll give them a miss.

September 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Tanya Walton said...

it looks like a good crop!!!...what do you do with it?? Is it kind of like broccoli???

September 16, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Spectacularly good outdoor tomatoes in pots, which were ready earlier than greenhouse tomatoes. Success with beans this year - I start french beans off in the greenhouse but the temperature and moisture levels have to be right or they rot. Very good germination this time and, because I netted thoroughly, the rabbits didn't get them. Rabbits ate all the runner bean plants, two sowings' worth, last year.

I grow a lot of squashes as ground coverers because I haven't time or ability to do much work and it doesn't look a good crop. I started the butternut squashes late as I forgot them - it wasn't that late, but I don't seem to have much of a crop yet. If the weather remains mild for a few more weeks, maybe they'll catch up.

September 18, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I had to giggle at the z's fight with rabbits. Next year we are going to grow potatoes on a plot of land we are leasing and I am not quite sure whether the wild boar will be interested in them or not.

September 19, 2009 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

What a productive bunch we are.

nipitinthebud - your plot sounds like a twin to mine!
Joanna - I don't even try to grow caulis, they always defeat me.
Jo - the beans have been good this year, haven't they?
Tanya - it's a bulb crop, you eat the bulbous part that forms below the green stalks and it has a texture something like swede but the flavour of celery.
Z - to lose runner beans to rabbits is a tragedy indeed! You need a hawk to hunt over your garden ...

September 28, 2009 at 9:31 AM  

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