2016 spud totals – already!

•7 September 2016 • Leave a Comment

Not a good year for spuds.  Very early blight hit everything, even the 1st earlies.


Rocket – approx 20kg

Orla 22.4kg

Manitou 25kg

Desiree 12.6kg

Cara 39kg

Total – 119kg

Call it 122kg as there are a few Pink Fir Apple still in the ground at home which seem to have avoided the worst of the blight.

Thinned out the carrots to some extent. VERY difficult as they were broadcast sown.



Good onions, and beans

•21 August 2016 • Leave a Comment

A good year for onions. Havent strung them up yet but they are all dried out and are all good sized, only a few suffered rot.

Considering the very early blight, spuds arent bad either.

Manitou -25kg

Desiree (from saved sed, the source of the blight??! ) 12.6kg

First few Cara – 5.75kg.

Still lots of Cara in the ground.

Peas are all done, they grew well this year – wish I’d sown more.  Beans have also been very good.

Now pulling beetroot, and had a few carrot thinings.

Outdoor toms have blight – will scrap the lot and make some green chutney.

Kale looking good, as are sprouts.  All other brassicas are a disaster.

Courgettes are a bit low yielding this year, and the cucumbers look very poorly. Will aboid the “spacesaver” variety I think.


Onions out, spuds so far…

•6 August 2016 • Leave a Comment

Havent been very good at recording first earlies but I think a total of abound 20kg.  Not too bad considering the blight.

Orla were dug up yesterday – 22.4kg total.  Not tasted yet, but not that impressed (blight didn’t help).  A few odd, large irregular spuds, mostly medium size and fairly uniform, quite a lot of small ones that went straight on the heap.

Onions are much better.  Harvested the reds a couple of weeks ago, the bulk of the whites yesterday.  A little bit of rot on a few but mostly good sized onions this year.

The second sowing of carrots after the first got destroyed by slugs is coming along nicely. Broadcast sown, havent thinned yet.

Beetroot finally looking good, harvested a few already.

Peas got attacked by pigeons but were good – wish i’d sown more.

Leeks all in early this year, but dont look to have taken much advantage from this

Brassicas.  Disaster. Everything in the mid season sowning looks to be hit by root maggot – i’ve pulled up most of the crop already. Caulis were pathetic.  Might get 1 or 2 cabbages.  PSB badly hit by maggots (1st sowing destroyed by slugs).  Curly kale and sprouts look ok so far.

Will scale back brassicas next year – just not worth the effort.

Wet summer, slugs snails and blight

•12 July 2016 • Leave a Comment

A shameful lack of posts this year, but in summary it’s been wet.  Onions have done ok but cabbages and carrots destroyed by slugs, and blight hit spuds before the end of June.  Never before seen blight on first earlies

Spuds all planted

•2 April 2016 • Leave a Comment

Planted the maincrop spuds today.Left with a space in one row – need to decide whether to fill this with shop bought or saved seed.  Several greenhouse sowings this week, parsnips, toms, cauli, tuscan kale etc.  Toms seem slow to germinate.

First Earlies and Onions

•25 March 2016 • Leave a Comment

Planted first earlies (rocket) yesterday, and all the onions last week.  Maincrop will have to wait a bit longer because broccolli etc is in the way, but I am inclined to scrap the crop anyway as it looks poor.  Must plan NOT to have overwintering veg were the first crops get planted!

2016 kicks off

•4 March 2016 • Leave a Comment

This years seed potato purchases are Rocket, Cara, Orla and Manitou (a new variety).  Have also bought the usual onion sets and refreshed the seed stores ready for the coming year.

Most of the plot is dug over, just a bit more left to go where the remaining parsnips, leeks and greens are still in the ground.  The leeks have been plentiful but a bit small this year.  Next time will try planting earlier and making sure they are well fed.

Black tuscan kale was a bit of a disaster, wont be doing that again, but PSB looks ok (a small amount harvested so far)