It's getting to that time of year when it's all busy, busy, busy tidying up the plot in anticipation of the onset of winter. It may be a time that marks the end of one growing year but for me that isn't a bad thing because it also marks the beginning of another new one with seeds to be chosen, garlic to be planted and plans to be drawn up of what will be going where in the new year. This means that it is also a good time to have a think back and consider what has done well and what has been a disaster in the season that is drawing to a close. So, here it is for me...
Florence Fennel - the best year ever for this. Plenty of big, fat tasty bulbs and still going strong so we've got much more crunchy aniseed fun to come!
Swede - okay, so these aren't so exciting but I really love them and it's the first time I've ever grown them so I'm pretty proud of the results.
Pumpkins and Squash - a slow start with these but they're finally doing excellently, with just enough time left for them to ripen before it gets too cold.
Sunflowers - not a veg I know but I grow loads of cut flowers and these have been amazing this year. We've had big bunches of friendly, sunny blooms in the house pretty much constantly since mid-summer.
Big Fat Failures
Celery - it all started so well.. Then the weather got cold at the beginning of summer and the plants fell into a state of suspended animation that they have never recovered from.
Sweetcorn - the squirrels got to them before I did.
Tomatoes - ruined by blight again... Not sure what the answer to this is. It may mark the final year of tomatoes at the allotment though. I think we'll have a better chance of success in the garden so that's the plan for next year. I've got everything crossed that this will work...