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2023 - the good, the not so good but hopefully not ugly of growing your own!



  • leftatthetrafficlights
    leftatthetrafficlights Forumite Posts: 1,071
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    YBR said:
    It's an odd year
    Beans are in full production earlier than usual, and strawberries were early too.
    Courgette and lettuce are much as usual
    Peas (particularly sugar snap) are disappointing, as is 1 cucumber off two plants (so far but I don't see signs of more), and very few tomatoes fertilised.

    Anyone else found similar, or perhaps it just me?
    Same sort of situation here - courgettes, beans, peas, brassicas, beetroot all doing well; tomatoes, salads and peppers/chillis all very disappointing 😞 I planted loads of tomatoes this year - the greenhouse ones and the outdoor ones all have some tomatoes on them but lots less than expected and very few ripening as normal...think it will be a case of finding lots of green tomato recipes in a couple of months! 🤦‍♀️
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  • alicef
    alicef Forumite Posts: 219
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    the good ... the bad ....... and the utterly dismal

    Right where are we

    The good - polytunnel all pretty much as expected (tomatoes/cucumbers/peppers/chillies/aubergines/grapes), the early peas great, the french beans very good - okay on the garlic (not good enough to sell but hey).  The top fruit - great year for plums/damsons/gages on volume -sugar content a bit bleurgh - apples okay ditto pears.

    The bad - onions grown from seed haven't bulked up much; the later sown peas are a no show

    The utterly dismal - how can I grow lovely looking sweetcorn plants with paltry corns?  I managed to pick a courgette the other week that was as big as my finger - I think there may be another one that will get a bit bigger.  I don't even want to think about the pumpkins and squashes.

    But there is always NEXT YEAR!
  • Glittering_M
    Glittering_M Forumite Posts: 147
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    edited 8 August at 2:14PM
    Spoke too soon, Bambi had a good feast 😭😭
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