I just thought I'd recap with a list of what we grew last year, what worked, and what didn't, for the record. Here goes...
ONIONS - from sets, a good crop.
RED ONIONS - from seeds- did not work; very low germination rate and lost the seedlings among the weeds!
SPRING ONIONS - zero germination. What did I do wrong?!
CARROTS - got lost among the weeds too and did not grow well at all - too small to bother eating.
PARSNIPS - very low germination but a few grew well. Lost them because I forgot to mark the row, but I may find them yet!
ASPARAGUS - no harvest first year, eagerly awaiting this spring!
STRAWBERRIES - a mediocre but delicious harvest, quite a lot of slug damage.
POTATOES - did very well; more potatoes than we can eat! A little scab, but nothing to worry about.
RUNNER BEANS - did very well, couldn't eat them fast enough!
BORLOTTO BEANS - couldn't compete with the weeds (I've got a climbing variety this year which might do better) - only ended up with three pods!
FRENCH BEANS - ('Delinel') struggled against the weeds a bit too but did well - very productive.
DRYING BEANS - ('Canadian Wonder') mediocre crop, all infested with bean weevils!
SUGARSNAP PEAS - needed better support; mediocre crop but delicious!
MANGETOUT PEAS - needed better support; mediocre crop and some pea moth caterpillar damage.
SWEETCORN - one mini cob on a six-inch high plant! Couldn't have expected much better though considering how late I planted them!
SALAD GREENS - little gems and 'mixed lettuce' did well despite being rather crowded. Rocket went straight to flower before I could pick any. Chard and perpetual spinach did ok, though also too crowded. Watercress, landcress, corn salad, iceberg lettuce and lollo rossa did almost nothing. Perhaps I shouldn't have sown them all directly outside, but all that transplanting can be such a faff... Will try watercress in a washing-up bowl this year to keep it wetter. Nasturtiums were fabulous!
BEETROOTS - got some leaf for salads but the roots were rather small.
TOMATOES - blighted from the moment I planted them out. No crop.
CUCUMBERS - planted late and grew VERY slowly - one gherkin-sized cucumber!
RADISHES - could have had a good crop if I'd had the guts to taste them! Slightly slug-nibbled.
COURGETTES - (yellow and green) really good crop.
PUMPKIN - only got one pumpkin for our efforts but still well worth it!
CABBAGE - slugs ate the lot.
BROCCOLI and CALABRESE - slugs ate the lot!
KALE - greedy slugs!!
SWEDES - didn't really grow; we got plenty of leaf but the roots are tiny. I've heard everyone has that problem on our site - I wonder why...
TURNIPS - slug-damaged but a fairly good crop.
LEEKS - slow to grow, but doing well. Only a few 'cause the cats kept digging in the seedlings...
Biggest successes: onions, potatoes, courgettes, french beans and runner beans, sugarsnap peas, salads.
Biggest failures: Tomatoes and cucumbers, all the cabbage family, carrots, sweetcorn.