What food did you grow, or attempt to grow, so far this year?
I have grown:
- Runner Beans
I have been quite successful so far this year, though the start of my growing season was pretty shaky. This has been my first proper attempt at trying to grow some of my own food. Some of the plants I have listed are still to yield any produce, some of them have surpassed anything that I could have wished for and some I’m not sure will yield at all.
So the big hitters for me so far have been the peas and the runner beans. The peas produced almost a kg, I had no problems with these and I’ll be growing more plants next years I was really happy with the yield and they taste delightful, so sweet.
The runner beans have gone native, the season started late and being inexperienced I planted the younglings out whilst it was still a bit too cold. The leaves kept getting blown off and at one point most of the plants only had one leaf. I persevered and now they’re really coming through. Off the seven plants I have I’m getting enough yield to feed four people for two meals a week. The plants still produce and are going strong. I reckon they’ll keep going until mid September. Again I’ve been very happy with these and will plant the same number again next year.
My carrots grew really well, I’d never had a carrot fresh out of the ground, all I can say is wow. The flavour was so, intense! I didn’t grow very many of these this year. I probably had about 30 carrots all mature at about the same time, I wasn’t sure if I still had enough time left in the season to grow more so I transplanted some chilli and pepper plants into their place. Next year I’ll grow more, start a little earlier and try and spread the yield out over the season. I didn’t have any problems with pests either. I guess that’s because they were grown in a planter, about three feet off the ground.
My tomato plants have a lot of fruit on now, all in varying stages of growth. I think that some of the fruit shall ripen in short order, however I think my lack of any kind of warm shelter for them has limited the yield. Next year I’ll attempt to get a small green house to grow them on a little earlier and hopefully allow them to flourish. I also had a similar issue at the start of the season as I did with the runner beans, the cold really affected them.
Chilli and peppers are just starting to come on. I have a few decent sized chillies and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on them. I’m going to attempt to pickle them as I love pickled foods. The peppers are flowering but as of now I have no fruits on them. I think this is possibly an issue with needing to keep them a bit warmer, a’la the tomato plants, again I’ll try again next year and place them in the green house.
Strawberries were a good producer this year, though it was a short window. About two weeks of fruits. Short and quite literally sweet. They were heavenly. I will be keeping them in next year.
On the whole the summer season has been good. I shall be tidying up some other areas of the growing patch so that I can make space for more plants. I’d quite like to grow some other veg, purple sprouting broccoli and maybe some asparagus. I also need to start planning out what will be going in over winter. Garlic will be in for sure. If any readers have suggestions of low maintenance veg that will produce during the winter month, please let me know.