Strawberries: We are getting a punnet of strawberries every couple of days. I've had to net them against birds. I suspect pigeons. Edouard reckons that strawberry plants last about 3 years in our soil, then they go yellow and poorly.
Beans: I lost my first batch of dwarf green beans to the late frosts in May. I've planted more and they are just starting to come up, but are being nipped of by something. I suspect pigeons.
Broadbeans: Every single one germinated and they have grown steadily and sturdily. They are currently flowering and attracting bumblebees, who will pollinate them nicely. I pulled one up today as it looked to me like it had a virus, and the last couple of days the black bean aphids have descended on the plants.
Lettuce: I have sown 4 types of lettuce. Those direct sown in April are doing very well and we are eating them. They are delicious. I transplanted seedlings sown in cells and started in the coldframe. They are coping very well, except that something is grazing on them. I suspect pigeons. I'll keep sowing lettuce periodically for a continuous supply.
then peas. To the left, strawberries.
Onions: We planted a load of onions in late autumn. They are thriving. A couple of them bolted, so I pulled them and we ate them. They don't have a very obvious bulb yet, but they are like very thick leeks.
from the stream in front of the potager.
Potatoes: I planted 3 different varieties - Amandine, a salad potato, Desirée and Rosevale, both pink skinned. All are up and have been earthed up and mulched. Here's hoping the Colorado Beetles and the blight doesn't notice them. I've got a few determined volunteers, who came from volunteers last year. There was no pest or disease problems last year, so I am hopeful they are not carrying anything.
Beetroot: Poor germination. I think the lack of rain until recently is the cause. Edouard says beetroot doesn't do well in our soil.
Salsify: I sowed a few to try them. So far they seem to be sturdy little plants.
Jerusalem Artichoke: I dug them once they started shooting and moved them to a more convenient spot. They seem to be thriving.
Asparagus: I bought 10 crowns from a local grower. She assures me that if I don't earth them up the spears will be green. Edouard says that if they are not bearing sufficiently to harvest in their third year I might as well get rid of them, as they will never be any good. The asparagus grower I bought the crowns from (for 30c each) calls them pattes d'asperges (asparagus limbs). Edouard refers to them as griffes (claws). 8 of the 10 have sent up a fine little shoot each.
Pak Choy: Sowed in mid-spring, by late spring it was going to seed, so I pulled it all and we had several stir-fries. The flea beetles obviously found it delicious when it was young, but seemed to leave it alone after a while. Taste and texture in stir-fries was excellent. I've sowed some more, but apparently one should not sow it until after the longest day to try to prevent it going to seed.
Daikon: These were sown at the same time and have also gone to seed. I pulled one to see what it was like. It was about 20cm long and very strongly flavoured, but only about 1cm in diameter, so way too mini to bother with. I'm letting them go to seed and we'll see how this affects the root.
Chard: Poor germination, so I have sowed some more. Last year's is now going to seed and is rather bitter.
Tomatoes: I lost one batch of tomatoes in the late frost. I've got my backup tomato seedlings planted out now, plus two which came from seed I saved from last year. One of these already has a flower. I suspect it's a cherry tomato. Back in the coldframe I have more Roma and Beef Heart still too little to plant out. Tomatoes have been very slow this year and very checked by the cold weather. Some of the seedlings are still looking a bit yellow from the cold, and I am still having trouble with damping off in the coldframe. I assume it is the cold nights.
Endive: I have some endive under cloches and straw as an experiment.
Sweetcorn: Shooting strongly.
Cucumbers: I've planted Lebanese cucumbers and cornichon. The Lebanese cucumbers came up strongly, but got badly checked in the late cold, and then a few succumbed to damping off. But several have survived and look strong. The cornichons didn't bother to come up at all.
Raspberries, Tayberries, Loganberries, Japanese Wineberry: A few losses due to dry weather with the raspberries and I thought the wineberry was a goner, but it's come back. All the berry plants are quite small, but we might get a few berries from them.
Rhubarb: So far a disappointing waste of space. I need to get a good quality crown or division from someone local.
Red and Black Currants: A combination of late frost and dry weather did for all the fruit unfortunately.
Kiwi Fruit: Really frizzled by the late frost, and only just venturing new shoots. Obviously we won't get any fruit this year, and will need to protect it from the end of October until the end of May in future.
Grapes: The white grapes were caught in the late frost, so they've had to start all over again this year. Last year they were badly affected by the dry and we lost all the fruit. I gave the red grape a very hard pruning in January. It is determinedly shooting from the base as well as along mature stems. We will have to wait and see how they go.
Aubergines, peppers, cauliflower, red cabbage, broccoli, melon, zucchini, celery and leeks are all still up at the house in the coldframe, waiting until they've grown big enough to plant out (nearly there...) Edouard has pointed out to me that Colorado beetle thinks that aubergines are a great delicacy, but we didn't have any trouble last year, so here's hoping.