We got our allotment patch in Bournville just about a year ago so I thought it worthwhile to list what we grew and how successful we were:
- Cabbage – I now love cabbage, having hated it from childhood. Problems with white cabbage butterflies but still had about 6 heads.
- Carrots – total flop, carrot root fly won the day
- Cauliflower – slugs had a field day but plants recovered to give us about 6 big caulies
- Corn – stole the seeds from my neighbour and reaped a full guilty harvest.
- Courgettes – one plant gave about 8 fat courgettes.
- Garlic – flop, sprouted but then died off.
- Herbs – got a nice herb patch going with transplants from the garden.
- Leeks – again from a neighbour, very tasty.
- Lettuce – a triumph, this is so easy to grow in many varieties
- Onions – about half came through but small.
- Parsnips – a surprising success. Enough for about 4 meals only but will do more next year.
- Peas – a brief but bountiful harvest
- Potatoes – earlies were wonderful, main crop floury and disappointing.
- Rhubarb – lots of it, so much we gave it away.
- Pumpkins – did the lack of bees this summer result in the total flop of the pumkin crop? I had such high hopes.
- Runner beans – way too many, there are only so many things you can do with them.
- Swiss Chard – easy to grow but have made little use of it on the dinner table.
Overall a good start and we ate well off it, I can only hope next year proves as good. I’ll bore you with the occasional update as we progress in 2009.