what's your bogey vegetable

What’s Your Bogey Vegetable?

Oh peas, peas, peas, are you destined to be this year’s bogey crop?

Every year there is one vegetable that just doesn’t come good for me, despite everything I try. 2014 is proving a pickle for peas already.

I sowed three rows of Early Onward in my raised beds under a cloche in March, but germination has been really poor. I used pretty much a whole packet, yet only a dozen or seeds have come up.

I have watered regularly and didn’t sow too early, so can only think that I hadn’t broken down my soil enough before sowing. Peas are a big seed though, so I’d have thought they’d be muscly enough to force their way through.

Out of Date Seeds
I also had next to no germination from a greenhouse sowing of Kelvedon Wonder, and again, poor germination. This was very much my fault, as I used a packet of seeds that fell out of date in 2013.

I probably should have done a germination test by putting a few of the seeds on wet kitchen roll for a couple of days to see how many germinate. I’d recommend doing this for any seeds that are out of date as you get an idea of whether they’re in good nick or not.

If only I followed my own advice eh.

Anyway, I bought a fresh pack of Kelvedon Wonders a couple of weeks back and sowed them next to the original peas that did germinate. I’ve got decent germination with the new ones and was hoping they might catch up in time for planting out.

However, disaster struck once more and a rogue snail filled its boots on most of my seedlings in the greenhouse. Hmmmph. Someone really isn’t giving peas a chance at the moment.

And so, I’m back to the drawing board this coming weekend.

What Will Be, Will Be.
In the past couple of years, my bogey harvests have been spring onions and gooseberries. My gooseberries I sort of forgave as I had a right cut back of the bushes, but the spring onions were just a disaster. I tried direct and pots, and couldn’t get a decent specimen for love nor money.

I’d love to be able to follow this with several tips on making sure you don’t get a bogey crop yourself, but I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes you just can’t fight with an allotment. What will be, will be.

Some years, some crops just don’t want to grow, and that’s just the way it is.

11 thoughts on “What’s Your Bogey Vegetable?”

  1. Mine is always spring onions, I would love to know why I can’t grow a decent crop of the things. I am trying this year by sowing a pinch in small pots to plant out when the clump is big enough. Time will tell

  2. When I finally got a garden, about 7 years ago, my one big wish was to grow peas and strawberries. And peas have definitely been my bogey veg. But, I am not giving up, this year I have three rows of three different kinds growing, now they just have to produce pods!!

  3. OOOh Peas!! I had a disaster last year, and this year I am determined not to fail.

    Earlier this year I started an experiment with pea seeds – I’m a scientist so it was only natural – I noticed that the seeds, once soaked overnight were distinctly either yellow or green. This interested me. So I planted 36 yellow ones in one tray and 36 green ones in the other tray, Green ones germinated at a rate of 61%, yellow ones 41%.

    The experiment continues here -http://onmyallotment.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/allotment-science-experiment-2-closer.html

    1. Ooops. Having written this comment, I went and checked my methods and analysis, and I realised that I had calculated my percentages wrong.

      There were in fact only 24 seeds in each tray, and so the germination rates are significantly higher for both sets, 91.6% for Green Seeded Peas, and 64.5% for Yellow Seeded Peas.

  4. I fear that this year I’ll fail at everything, due simply to the slugs. They’re even eating things they’re supposed to dislike, like mint, garlic and onions. So far, everything that has gone in the ground, and a fair number of my pots, have been decimated

  5. Karen Colcomb

    Carrots I have never grown a decent one, manage ok with parsnips but never carrots. I start my peas in gutters inside and harden off and then slide the whole lot out

  6. Chives! They take ages to germinate, are spindly and weak, then keel over and are gone. Have finally succeeded with a decent clump by separating out and growing on a bit from a supermarket pot. Looked a bit touch and go for a few months, now in it’s second year and doing nicely! Hurray! 🙂 Btw, I thought pea seeds lasted forever & could be used up by growing pea shoots?

  7. Carrots, in about 8 years I have only been able to grow a very sad pitiful looking crop of them once. Every other year they look good up top, plenty of green but nothing underneath!

    Mind you, after watching the Allotment Challenge I will having another go this year in sand. Confuses me where the nutrients come from!

  8. 2013, first year on lottie results: brassicas were either stripped clean by pigeons or caterpillars. I discovered we had mice which explained why only one pea plant grew out of a dozen seeds sown. Sowed peas again and ended up with spindly plants with stunted growth. I had to fight with squirrels which kept digging up my pots and beds and planting surprises in place of my seeds.
    There are more bogeys from last year but this year I’m on top of things sort of. Something keeps digging in the same spot between spinach plants. It’s not the stray cat that leaves me a dismembered bird on water trough several times a week. A badger sett supposedly resides on plot across from mine but I doubt it’s a badger. I shall overcome all pests bigger than my fist.

  9. Ah yes! I call it my veggie nemesis, every year one crop fails to flourish no matter what I do. Like yourself this year mine also is peas. Sods law as last years were surprisingly fabulous!

    Garlic are dreadful too, full of rust, rotted and riddled with alium miner. Although everybody at our site is suffering the same.

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