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- 06-07-2011, 05:00 PM #1Germinator
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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...
- 06-07-2011, 05:03 PM #2
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.
- 06-07-2011, 05:15 PM #3
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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
- 06-07-2011, 05:52 PM #4
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.
- 06-07-2011, 05:59 PM #5
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:
You're growing food, don't be surprised that other species wish to partake
Don't give up, be better prepared
- 06-07-2011, 06:26 PM #6
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.
Take only photos-leave only footprints-Kill only time.
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