Monday, 2 January 2012

2011 - A Recap

Wow, what happened to the second half of 2011? Despite NO posts since August (resolving to do better this year) I did manage to keep up with the allotment so here is a recap of 2011:

Winning fruit - Raspberries. They started fruiting early and keep me fed with a regular supply of delicious fruits right through until September.

Winning Veg - Difficult to choose just 1, it was a great year for leeks, potatoes and carrots.

Best Newcomer - Brussel Sprouts - an unexpected success!

Never again - Sweetcorn - it takes up loads of room and never seems to pollinate properly.

Most over-grown - French beans, after accidently sowing 2 packets of seed I was overrun with the things (and the freezer is full of them too)

Sadly missed - Broccoli, I failed to germinate and keep alive any of my sprouting or calabrese Broccoli. Maybe next year.

2012 is off to a great start, I finally have guttering on my shed so watering should be much easier this year. Despite the very wet wethaer I have managed to dig over most of the plot, and clear some nasty weeds in the process. Hopefully I'll soon get a chance to get some garlic planted and the broadbeans sown.

Happy New Year!


Mark N said...

I like this idea of a recap, with 5 categories. Might do the same on my blog!

I've never had a problem with sweetcorn pollinating - just make sure you don't plant them in long rows. A big square block is better, to aid wind pollination. You probably already know that though. Perhaps a different variety? I use Honey Bantam Bicolour. My problem is preventing them from being eaten before I've harvested them! Mice? Squirrels? not sure, what but something loves them.

Damo said...

Looks like you had a good year. Re sweetcorn I plant quite close together and in blocks as Mark says although this years crop was poor. I couldn't be without Brussels one of my favourites!