It’s going to be a tough winter on my plot.
I’ve gone from my best ever winter in 2010, where I was virtually self-sufficient all the way through, to wondering if I’ll have anything decent to harvest this year.
I posted last week about my leek rust loss. Three whole rows of my most valuable winter crop all taken by the disease was bad enough, but there are lots more problems afoot. Plot 105 is not a happy ship…
My ever-reliable curly kale is besieged by whitefly, to the point where getting the eggs off before I eat it is near on impossible. Kale has been a mainstay of my winter diet ever since I took my plot on, and we tend to eat it at least once a week. I’m hoping a cold snap might kill the bugs off, but at the mo, the temperature seems keen to stay warm.
Barring a minor miracle, I’m not going to get fat on my sprouts:
My PSB has gone to seed. That’ll be two years without one of our favourite veg. I won’t be repeating last year’s cauliflower achievements either. From Cauli-power to Cauli-wally.
I planted two rows of Autumn King carrots, but they’re struggling too. Not very big yet, and the foliage is dying on the earlier row already.
I’ve put my King Edward potatoes and various squashes in store, and although the harvests were okay, they didn’t get close to the previous year’s quantities. I reckon these might last until Christmas, but I’m already a squash down as I’m bartering one for leeks with my friend Sarah.
On the plus side, there is half a row of perpetual spinach doing okay, and the freezer is looking after a few bags of broad and French beans. My florist bucket parsnips are probably the most encouraging veg, but the ones in the ground have succumbed to my stony soil and are growing out in all sorts of strange ways.
Tough times, and a not conducive to a good end for my Veg Savings experiment.
Guess I’ll have to put my hand in my pocket.
Internet unsmiley face.