Vegetables 2008

Unfortunately, I haven’t kept track of everything and there are omissions. Updated 9th November

Carrots – overall, not a great success, though we did manage to harvest some carrots that weren’t riddled with root fly.

  • Early Scarlet Horn. Sown 30th March in newspaper seed tapes. No sign of germination (27/4)
  • Amsterdam Forcing seed tapes sown 1st March. FAILED
  • Early Nantes. Sown 16th March in newspaper seed tapes (with Ramrod spring onions). No sign of germination (27/4). Something from seed tape germinated by 1st May. Not sure if carrot or spring onion.
  • Amsterdam Forcing. Sown 5th April. Possible seedlings spotted 27/4.
  • Chantenay. Sown 21st April.
  • Chantenay. Sown 27th April.
  • Early Nantes. Sown 27th April.
  • Amsterdam Forcing. Sown 27th April.
  • Flakkee. Sown 27th April.
  • ?. Sown 21st April.

Beetroot & beet – Beetroot did remarkably well. Still left most in the ground. Borscht – trying various recipes, but yet to try one with fermented beetroot.

  • Boltardy. Sown 17th March.
  • Ukranian. Sown 5th April. Some germination by 27/4.
  • Egyptian Turnip Rooted. Sown 5th April. Some germination by 27/4.
  • Boltardy. Sown 27th April.
  • Detroit Globe. Sown 27th April.
  • Ukranian (saved seed). Sown 27th April.
  • Leaf beet. Sown 30th March. Seedlings noticed 1st May. – BOLTED
  • Various beetroot sown early  July.

Turnip – ok.

  • Purple Top Milan. Sown 30th March. Some germinated by 27/4. Turnips decent size.

Broad Beans – reasonable, freezing loads. Also, very little chocolate spot.

  • Jubilee Hysor. Sown autumn 2007. In flower from before 27/4. Pods seen 10th May. Harvested.
  • Aquadulce Claudia. Sown autumn 2007. In flower before 27/4. Pods seen 10th May. Harvested.
  • Witkiem. Sown 1st March. Germination by 30th March. Harvested.
  • Aquadulce Claudia. Sown 1st March (in “overwintered” gaps). Germination by 30th March. Harvested
  • Witkiem. Sown 30th March. Almost full germination by 27th April. Harvested.
  • Witkiem Manita. Sown 30th March. Almost full germination by 27th April. Harvested.
  • Vectra. Sown 21st April. Coming up before 11th May.

Peas – later sowings didn’t do all that well. Was really impressed with Prince of Prussia, even quite mature there was a lot of sweetness. Saved seed from this for next year.

  • ? sown Autumn 2007. Failed.
  • Feltham First. Sown 1st March. Germination by 30th March.
  • Hurst Greenshaft (? peas supplied by Alan Romans at Potato Day). Sown 17th March. Growing nicely 27th April.
  • Cavalier. Sown 30th March. Seedlings noticed by 1st May.
  • Kent Blue. 10 seeds modular sown 11th May.
  • Prince of Prussia (HSL). 80 seeds modular sown 11th May.
  • Waverex. Sowed direct on allotment on 10th May.

French Beans – reasonable, though we didn’t really get round to picking them fresh. Saving seed for casseroles and for sowing again next year.

  • Early Warwick (Dwarf FB). 10 seeds sown on 11th May.
  • Magpie (Dwarf FB). 10 seeds sown on 11th May.
  • Coco Bicolor (Climbing FB). 24 saved seeds sown on 11th May.

Spinach – early sowings were good but then bolted. 

  • Medania. Sown direct 17th March. Some germination by 1st May.
  • Medania. Module sown 2nd March. Germination started 12th March. 12 transplanted 27th April.
  • Bordeaux. Sown direct 30th March. Germination started 11th April.
  • Bordeaux. Module sown 2nd March. Germination started 12th March. 12 transplanted 27th April.
  • Harvested some spinach but most had bolted.

Onions

  • Bedfordshire Champion. 36 sown 17th January. Germination started 3rd February. 17 onions planted out 30th March
  • Hercules. 22 sets planted 30th March.
  • Red Karmen. Sets planted 16th March.
  • White Lisbon. Sown 12th April.
  • Walla Walla. Sown 5th April.
  • Ramrod. Newspaper seed tapes (with Early Nantes carrots) sown 16th March. No sign of germination.

Parsnips – 2 parsnips! 

  • Turga. Newspaper seed tapes (with Short Top Forcing radish) sown 16th March. No sign of germination 27/4. FAILED
  • Turga. Sown 21st April. We have 2 parsnips growing, out of a whole packet.

Radish – grew well, mainly as row markers and got eaten by molluscs, ..

  • Either Short Top Forcing or Sparkler. Sown 30th March. Germination started by 11th April. One radish harvested 10th May.
  • Short Top Forcing. Newspaper seed tapes (with Turga parsnips) sown 16th March. Some germination noticed by 1st May.

Cabbage – couple of decent ones harvested. 

  • Primo Golden Acre. Sown 2nd March. Germination by 14th March.3 plants transplanted 27th April. One cabbage harvested 10th August.
  • Kalibos. Sown 2nd March. 3 plants transplanted 27th April.
  • Greyhound. Sown 2nd March. Germination strarted 14th March. 4 plants transplanted 27th April. One plant succumbed to slugs/snails 1st May.
  • Marner Storing Red. Sown 12th April. 3 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Greyhound. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings plus 2 eaten by 12th May.
  • Primo Golden Acre. Sown 12th April. 5 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Kalibos. Sown 12th April. 4 seedlings on 12th May.

Cauliflower – think we had one ok cauliflower. 

  • All the Year Round. Sown 17th January. Potted on 16th February. Plants died late March.
  • All the Year Round. Sown 2nd March. 4 straggly plants transplanted 27th April.
  • Trevi F1. Sown 12th April. 4 seedlings on 12th May.
  • All the Year Round. Sown 12th April. 3 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Violet Queen. Sown 12th April. 3 seedlings on 12th May.

Broccoli – not really a success, slug/snail eaten & caterpillars, though son did graze fresh.

  • Romanesco. Sown 2nd March. 3 transplanted 27th April.
  • Romanesco Natalino. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Romanesco. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings plus 2 eaten by 12th May.
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Sown 12th April. 4 seedlings plus 1 eaten by 12th May.
  • Waltham. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings plus 2 eaten by 12th May.

Brussels Sprouts – doing ok, a few good sized sprouts. 

  • Darkmar 21. Sown 2nd March. 3 transplanted 27th April.
  • Darkmar 21. Sown 12th April. 4 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Seven Hills. Sown 12th April. 4 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Bedford Fillbasket. Sown 12th April. 5 seedlings on 12th May.

Kale – not sure, don’t think any were transplanted out. However, last year’s HSL ones in the garden were in seed this year and some of the seed has self-sown & germinated.

  • Ragged Jack. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings on 12th May.
  • Hungry Gap. Sown 12th April.

Shallots & Garlic – Success, though need to plant more!

  • Red Sun. 12 sets planted 30th March.
  • Miscellaneous Garlic (Printanor?) 11 cloves planted 30th March. Harvested
  • Various autumn planted garlic doing well. Harvested.
  • Overwintered shallots doing well. Harvested.

Leeks – doing well, have harvested some of the early leeks.

  • Atlanta. Sown 2nd March. Germination by 14th March.
  • Swiss Giant Zermatt. Sown 2nd March. Germination by 14th March.
  • Carentan 2. Sown 2nd March.

Lettuce & Salad Leaves. – ok if we actually harvested them instead of leaving them to bolt.

  • Belize. Sown 2nd March. 3 transplanted out week beginning 21st April. Slug/snails destroyed plants. 1 remaining planted out 11th May (fingers crossed).
  • Belize. Sown 12th April.
  • Rubens Red Cos. Sown 12th April.
  • Little Gem. Sown 12th April.
  • Drunken Woman. Sown 17th March. One seedling noticed on 1st May.
  • Belize. Sown 17th March.
  • Milan. Sown 21st April. 4 seedlings on 11th May.
  • Webbs Wonderful. Sown 21st April. 4 seedlings on 11th May.
  • Osaka Purple. Sown 21st April. 4 seedlings on 11th May.
  • Mustard Red Giant. Sown 21st April. 6 seedlings on 11th May.
  • Milan. Sown 11th May.

Squash family – Happy with Pumpkins – rouge vif d’etampes yet again did well 🙂 Only other success were two marrow plants bought in – 4 decent sized marrows in total

  • Cucumber Crystal Lemon. Sown 12th April. 3 seedlings plus 1 eaten by 11th May. NONE
  • Courgette Albarello di Sarzana. Sown 12th April. 2 seedlings on 11th May. Couple of small courgettes slug-free
  • Squash Black Futsu. Sown 21st April. 2 seedlings on 11th May. FAILURE
  • Pumpkin Rouge vif d’Etampes. Sown 21st April. 2 seedlings on 11th May. Plants rambling across the plot. Pumpkins forming, a couple are a fair size already. BRILLIANT, 3 and half stone biggest one, and smallest picked quite early was 1st or so.
  • Squash Hokkaido. Sown 21st April. 2 seedlings on 11th May. FAILURE

Potatoes – reasonable, could have been better.

  • Mimi. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Accent. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Premiere. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Ulster Sceptre. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Winston. 2 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Arran Comet. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Orla. 5 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Witchill. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • British Queen. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Catriona. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Salad Blue. 5seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Dunbar Rover. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Carlingford. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Osprey. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Yukon Gold. 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Edzell Blue. 5 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Shetland Black. 5 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Milva (?). 3 seed tubers planted 30th March.
  • Sante. 6 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Early Puritan. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Highland Burgundy Red. 5 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Picasso. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Robinta. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Harmony. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Record. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Pentland Ivory. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Pentland Dell. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Verity. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • ? 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Kerrs Pink. 3 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Pink Fir Apple. 5 seed tubers planted 5th April.
  • Golden Wonder. 5 seed tubers planted 5th April.

Chilli Peppers – mixed success, not everything survived to produce chilli

  • Trifetti. Sown 17th January. Germination started 13th February. 3 transplanted 28th March.
  • Albertos Locoto. Sown 17th January. Germination by 13th February. 3 transplanted 28th March. 3 potted on, on 11th May. NICE
  • Lemon Drop. Sown 17th January. Germination failed.
  • Habanero Peach. Sown 17th January. Germination failed.
  • Friar’s Hat. Sown 17th January. Germination by 13th February. 4 transplanted 28th March. 1 potted on transplanted on 11th May. Chillis are quite an odd shape – hence the name. NICE
  • Cascabella. Sown 17th January. Germination starting 16th February. 3 Transplanted 28th March. 1 potted on, on 11th May. NICE
  • Carribean Antillais. Sown 17th January. Germination failed.
  • Tabasco. Sown 16th February.
  • Habanero Peach. Sown 29th March.
  • Carribean Antillais. Sown 29th March.

Tomato – could have been better. Broad Ripple Yellow Currant was a success. Others not so good.

  • Riesentomate. Sown 13th February. 1 seedling died in accident. 3 transplanted 28th March. 2 transplanted on 11th May.
  • Italian Sugar Plum. Sown 13th February. 4 transplanted 28th March. 2 transplanted on 11th May.
  • Salt Spring Sunrise. Sown 13th February. 3 transplanted 28th March. 1 transplanted on 11th May.
  • Auntie Madge’s. Sown 13th February 4 transplanted 28th March. 1 transplanted on 11th May.
  • Sub Arctic Plenty. Sown 13th February. Germination failed.
  • Broad Ripple Yellow Currant. Sown 13th February. 5 transplanted 28th March.

Aubergine – FAILED

  • Heritage Aubergine. Sown 17th January. Germination starting 16th February. 4 transplanted 28th March.
  • Szechuan. Sown 2nd March. 3 transplanted on 11th May.

Miscellaneous

  • Liquorice. Sown 29th March FAILED
  • Tomatillo. Sown 29th March. Germinating by 7th April. 5 transplanted on 9th May. In Progress
  • Quillquina. Sowing date not recorded. Germinated by 25th April. FAILED
  • Celery Giant Red. Sown 21st April. 1 seedling on 11th May. FAILED
  • Celeriac Giant Prague. Sown 21st April. 2 seedlings on 11th May.  FAILED
  • Rhubarb Glaskin’s Perpetual. Sown 12th April. 5 germinated but 1 is mollusced, 11th May. OK
  • Salsify Sandwich Island. Sown 21st April. FAILED
  • Oca. Planted out 29th March. Doing ok. erm.
  • Ulluco. Planted out 29th March. Plants look odd.
  • Chinese Artichokes. Planted out 29th March. erm
  • Yacon. Planted out 29th March. No sign of plants….
  • Jerusalem Artichokes. Planted out 16th March. Plants flowered.
  • Fennel Finale. Sown 5th April. Germination noticed 1st May.
  • Runner Beans Black Magic. 18 saved seeds rescued from “furry” packet, sown on on 11th May. Failed.

Herbs – most failed.

  • Basil Lemon. Sown 17th January. Germination noticed 13th February. 3 transplanted 28th March. One plant died.
  • Basil Sweet Genovese. Sown 17th January. Germination failed.
  • Coriander Leisure. Sown 2nd March. Germination by 14th March. Potted on, date not recorded.
  • Basil Lemon. Sown in 5 inch pot on 2nd March. 1 seedling by 28/4.
  • Basil Lettuce Leaved. Sown in 5 inch pot on 2nd March. 5 seedlings by 28/4.
  • Dill. Sown 2nd March. Transplanted week beginning 21st April. 2 plants eaten by molluscs, one remaining.
  • Chervil. Sown 2nd March. Transplanted week beginning 21st April. Boo hoo. Snails/slugs dined on them all. Yay, one seems to have come back from the dead, 10th May.
  • Tarragon. Sown 2nd March.
  • Rosemary. Sown 2nd March.
  • Garlic Chives. Sown 2nd March.
  • Parsley Moss Curled 2. Sown 2nd March. Potted on, date not recorded.
  • Cumin. Sowing date not recorded. Germinated by 25th April.
  • Basil Lime. Sown 21st April. 17 seedlings on 11th May.
  • Cumin. Sown 21st April. 1 seedling on 11th May.
  • Anise. Sown 21st April.
  • Sage. Sown 21st April. 8 seedlings on 11th May.
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1 Comment

  1. Patrick said,

    1 June 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t know how it is you’ve been around so long and I’ve never noticed you before. I’m really glad to have found your blog.

    You’ve got a great list of veggies here!

    I see you are yet another person trying Ulluco this year. I hope yours are doing better than mine. I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes.

    It might be interesting to trade some seeds. I have a lot of tomatoes this year you might find interesting. You have a lot of other things I don’t have. Your potatoes look really interesting!


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