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Dreadful year in the Normandy garden
Sat 6-Oct-12
10:04 am

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Well, after absolutely no potato crop...planted a dozen rows, came up, then the rains came and the mice ate the roots and the slugs ate the tops or the other way round not sure whichfrown

I've had some lovely beans and pulses, good onion, carrot and beetroot crop, and the winter greens are looking good.

Even the courgettes gave a poor show, Ive got some nice butternut squash still to ripen properly, and the small pumpkins are rock hard.  As for the fruit you can forget it thanks to the late icy wind that also put paid for my poor old horse when he succumbed to pneumonia in the springrose

So have you faired better this yea, what has succeeded where I have failed?

Off to pick some more blackberries and fill the empty jam cupboardrunaway

Sat 6-Oct-12
10:12 am
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Sorry to hear about your horse Coleman.  Never nice to lose our furry friends/helpers.


I think the northern hemisphere as a whole has experienced a poor growing year.  Even my friends in America were complaining.  I have had late success with chillies which only really started to set fruit in earnest in late September - we have brought them all indoors now in the hopes of keeping them going and getting a good harvest later in the year.  Many of the chillies are now setting masses of flowers.


Similarly the aubergines only started to flower in mid-august and have set fruit in the past two weeks.  They will be coming indoors in the next few days (need to make some space for them).


The tomatoes set a few fruit early in the year which stayed green until mid-September.  Then 6 ripened and then, nothing...except loads of flowers and a lot of embryonic fruit.  The second flush is ripening now however I suspect I will be harvesting a lot of green tomatoes - good for the piccallilli at least - in a few weeks time.  The tomatoes are sheltered so should keep on growing past the first frost.  Unfortunately I don't have room to bring them indoors. 


I had to leave 90% of my bean crop at the old house when we moved but we harvested a reasonable amount from the three containers we brought with us before the slugs overwhelmed them.  Courgettes were poor this year - about a dozen fruit in total.  Patty pans fared better.


Hoping for more luck and a better season next year.

Sat 6-Oct-12
10:30 am

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I suppose I should count myself lucky, my tomatoes are doing fine, just going over now, and I've had lots of ripe ones since mid August, we had good crops of beans this year after a bit of a slow start and I've even got a few that have matured enough for me to dry them for next year's plants ( hopefully)
My chillies were slow starting, but I've had a good crop of decent sized ones, my courgettes never did anything all summer, but have put on a massive spurt during September and we've been eating loads, left a few on the bedraggled looking plants to get to marrow size, and had our first stuffed marrow of the year for tea on Thursday. However apple harvest is going to be pathetic.

Sat 6-Oct-12
11:00 am
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I am in Normandy too. Lots of blackcurrants so plenty of that jam in the pantry. Very few raspberries, same with apples, pears and damsons. The blackberries are small and not very juicy. My leeks, onions, peas and beans were all hit by wind and rain. I have one butternut squash slowly ripening so hope to have some seed for next year. The courgettes were hit by an invasion of tiger slugs. I gave up on the veg patch and opened the gate for the ducks and chickens to enjoy all the slugs! Fruit and veg in the shops has rocketed in price. Altogether a bad year.

Trying to enjoy life as it is

Sun 7-Oct-12
4:23 pm

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Sorry to hear about your horse, Sue.

It hasn't been a good year for us either. Our courgette plants failed to thrive totally.

Our Conference pear has produced masses of fruits, but, apart from the crab apples, the other fruit trees produced hardly any fruit at all, disappointing actually.

However, the rhubarb has been fantastic this year, best yet!

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Thu 11-Oct-12
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Cabbages, broccoli and kale are all doing very well here in Latvia. Everything else has been slow like yours. We are getting somewhere with the squashes though and our chillies are indoors now. Got a good crop of borlotti beans in the end and the runner beans are still fine, guess we lose everything this weekend to the frosts though.cheers

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