… and a new one just begun.
John Lennon was singing about Christmas, but for us gardeners the new year begins now, in late October.
Ok, there may still be sprouts to pick, but already next year’s garlic and onions are in the ground.
I’ve still got lots of clearing up to do on the allotment, but if I can get the year’s debris cleared before Christmas then the year will be off to a great start.
Here’s how it’s looking this week:
So, how did 2016 turn out, I hear you ask?
A bit of a mixed bag, really. Things got off to a good start in the spring, but suddenly around midsummer I unaccountably lost interest. The watering and weeding slipped and the pests started to make inroads. Still, I had some good successes:
- A very good crop of potatoes despite an attach of blight in July, particularly Pentland Javelin (bed 13) and Charlotte (beds 2 and 3), but also Desireé (beds 6 and 7) and even Cara (bed 21).
- Some good salad for the first part of the year, until the watering stopped (bed 8)
- Cut flowers throughout the year, including sweet peas (bed 4), Chrysanthemums (bed 5), annual flowers (bed 19)
- Sweet corn grew well and tasted good, especially Sweet Nugget F1 (bed 23)
- All the beans did well: Runners (bed 10), French (bed 9) and Borlotti (bed 1)
- Carrots (bed 20). Too many to eat!
The biggest disappointments were maincrop onions – which struggled with the weather and pests – and especially fruit. The apples didn’t set any large crops; the pears grew well but were taken by an unknown agency before we could eat any. The strawberries got botrytis from the cold and damp. The raspberries suffered from lack of water in the summer and the blackberries just got ignored.
If you’re interested in more detail, there’s always the links embedded above or the full index on my 2016 Plot By Plot page.
Now let’s just hope my newfound enthusiasm lasts for an entire season!