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    The seeds of despair, discord and anarchy. Who am I kidding - there's a team meeting soon and I've plenty of all three.

    I don't know if there's a never again - even the stuff I've not had success with (swede, khol rahbi, carrots) aren't on a never list but more in the If there's space list.

    I might have moved sweetcorn into this list as it takes a bed up for a long time usually for not much return but this year I've had a great success (even though only about half of the kernels sprouted) and instead of eating corn on the cob I've stored it as sweetcorn kernels.

    Yacon might be on the list - mostly because it looks like the plants won't do much this year including producing propagation rhizomes. If it does make some then I'll keep a couple of plants hanging around just in case.

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    I forgot to add aubergines. I actually bought plants, not seeds, but it made no difference. 3 attempts in the greenhouse yielded a total of one golf ball sized fruit. I'm not keen on aubergines anyway.
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    Celeriac - pointless, foul tasting and really, really difficult to get even enough to truly taste the unpleasantness
    Cucamelon - ?????? Really? Nope.
    Melons - not really suited to the cool damp NW - would love one day to get just a small one.
    Onions - sets for me

    At least aubergines are a nice flower making them just enough to grow the plant

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    Swede, id rather use my limited space for something else
    Soya beans, didn't perform well (though most of my beans also performed poorly)

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    Celeriac. There was a thread on here this year that I found really useful. I knew they were hungry plants but apparently they're mighty thirsty too. Not worth the water for me.
    Note to self: Getting too old not to have a life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippy Minton View Post
    Melons - not really suited to the cool damp NW - would love one day to get just a small one.
    I felt the same, having tried and failed 2 years running in my friend's greenhouse. I had 2 seeds left last year (Magenta and Alvaro) and in desperation grew them in a sunny raised bed filled with fresh horse muck and topped with about an inch of compost. I covered the bed with a cheap plastic cloche. The plants produced 10 melons between them, the biggest and nicest being Magenta.

    This year I repeated the experiment, but only had one plant (Magenta) as the Alvaro was decapitated by slugs while hardening off in the greenhouse. The Magenta has produced 6 decent sized melons.

    Seeds available from Plants of Distinction. Worth a try perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penellype View Post
    I forgot to add aubergines. I actually bought plants, not seeds, but it made no difference. 3 attempts in the greenhouse yielded a total of one golf ball sized fruit. I'm not keen on aubergines anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chippy Minton View Post
    At least aubergines are a nice flower making them just enough to grow the plant
    My never again is also aubergines like Chippy says at least the flowers are pretty but after many failures I've given up.

    Also Leeks mine never get much past pencil thickness

    Pac choi always bolts no matter when I sow it.
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    There is no never list but probably not includes
    Celeriac
    Celary - Poor crop every year despite the fact we eat lots of it. Perhaps I need to develop better growing stratagies.
    Pumpkins, Might do for the grandkids but they are a lot of space and we don't really eat them.
    I vasilate over growing potatos because they are available so cheaply. New home grown earlies are special though so main crop is the question mark. Very satisfying lifting spuds though.
    Gooseberries. I have grown about 7 bushes from cuttings and they are well established/fruiting well. Never seem to get around to harvesting them at the optimum time. Now they are infested with bindweed so i need to lift them and I'm swapping a couple out for some blackcurrent bushes I've raised from cuttings last year.
    Lots I've never tried yet though so the list has time to grow. ;-)
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