Last night I had a good rummage through my seed box and made some decisions on what I’m going to grow in 2014. Some veggies have had their chance and for one reason or another they did not make the cut. I’m afraid courgettes have had their day – we just get sick of the sight of them! In my garden broad beans start well then just give up the ghost and begin to play housemaid to a sqillion black flies so I’m afraid the remaining seeds are now in the compost bin. So what’s new for 2014? Well I’m going to try okra. To be honest I’m tempted by the beautiful flowers on the plant so they’re going in the island beds not the veggie plot. They can join the globe artichokes if they make it through the winter.
I’m also thinking of trying sweet potato. Not from seed though I thought I’d try and start a plant from a store bought tuber next spring. From what I’ve read they’re not too difficult to grow and if we get a long hot summer I may even get a crop.
If I can tackle the rather large nettle patch at the top of the garden I’d also like to get some Good King Henry established. The light levels should be about right there and it means they don’t have to take up room in the veggie plot. I’m always on the look out for vegetables that can grow somewhere other than in the full sun of the veggie plot. That’s how my next newbie made the list – Hamburg parsley. This grows in semi-shade and you eat the root (I think you can eat the leaves also). No idea what it tastes like but if I can stick it in the ground in semi-shade and forget about it then I may get to like the taste whatever it is. Finally, I’ve never tried growing sweet corn so I’m going to give it a try. Because I’ve heard so much about it I’m going to give the ‘three sisters method’ a go. If you’re not familiar with this mode of planting you can read about it here.
Aubergine made the list – just. If I don’t get some decent fruit next year I’m afraid 2014 will be my last attempt. I’ve ordered ‘Black Beauty’ in the hope of a better crop – germination is easy peasy getting the fruit to anything worth picking is the problem. There’s a complete list of what I plan on growing under the Welcome Menu at the side of the page.