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    Default Worst growing season ever

    Bored Beans decimated by black fly,
    Pigeons enjoyed my peas,
    onions and courgettes dug up by dog,
    broccolli and kale taken by caterpillars,
    spinach and rocket all bolted,
    cucumbers all stunted.

    Last year everything I threw in the ground came up lovely,effortlessly,even the parsnips!

    Looks like im off to the supermarket for me veg.

    Shakes head in disgust at mother nature and all its critters...

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    All part of the fun of growing your own!

    I've lost a load of veg this year, planted up an allotment then gave it up (*sigh*). We still buy veg, but hopefully next year we'll be able to reduce the amount we buy.

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    You could grow more rocket, salads etc then at least you wont feel as though the whole year was wasted and also I'm sure it's not too late for runners and french beans if you start them indoors and plant out. Look for 'speedy' veg seeds, if you haven't already got some - places like Wilkos have their seeds reduced at the moment, so you may be able to get some 'sow now' types at reduced prices.

    It's soul destroying when all your hard work goes to waste. The first year we started growing we lost our entire cucumber crop to a fungal infection, most of the tomatoes to blight, the brussel sprouts to caterpillars and the brocolli to pigeons. We learnt lessons from the cucs and toms and decided that we just don't have the space to grow and net the brocollis and sprouts. Sometimes the learning curve is harsh as well as steep but next year will be better and in the mean time, keep on sowing.

    Another idea is to look at some 'sow for next year' crops, then at least your growing space wont be standing idle.

    Chin up and good luck
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    you can still sow spinach, runner beans, courgettes, fennel, rocket, lettuce, chard, probably kale, spring cabbage, pak choi, mustard greens.
    don't despair yet....besides, rocket and spinach always bolt in the summer.

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    It's been my worst year too, but all down to the prolonged drought.

    You may know all this already, but for the benefit of others:

    Quote Originally Posted by Wellrottedmanure View Post
    Bored Beans decimated by black fly
    Yes, it's the black bean fly Planting early (November) is helpful, as is really keeping on top of them: squishing as many as possible as soon as they appear

    Quote Originally Posted by Wellrottedmanure View Post
    Pigeons enjoyed my peas ... broccolli and kale taken by caterpillars
    That's a given. Both really need to be netted

    Quote Originally Posted by Wellrottedmanure View Post
    spinach and rocket all bolted
    They do when spring sown - late summer sowings do much better


    Quote Originally Posted by Wellrottedmanure View Post
    Last year everything I threw in the ground came up lovely,effortlessly,even the parsnips!
    beginner's luck?

    You're growing food, don't be surprised that other species wish to partake

    Don't give up, be better prepared

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    It's been a great year for Onions, well it has for me, Kelsae being the best great size lovely taste,
    Senshyu being another good one, followed by Radar. Pepers also done well. Tom's this year not so good
    at all but hey can't win em all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauco View Post
    Tom's this year not so good
    at all
    Funny that ~ this is my best year ever for tomatoes (started them early, and it's been hot since first week in April)

    My onions are pants though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    Funny that ~ this is my best year ever for tomatoes (started them early, and it's been hot since first week in April)

    My onions are pants though


    Cant win em all TS, will swap you some Tom's for some Onions
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