As summer draws to a close and my experiment to see which fruit, vegetables and herbs would grow successfully in pots comes to an end – I look back on the highs and lows. I’m not keen on the word failures but secretly I have to admit to myself there were several.
For example, one batch of tomatoes I planted from seed which initially showed great promise as young robust tomato plants, when the tomatoes developed my initial elation diminished as they bore not the slightest resemblance to the picture shown on the seed packet. I have never seen such deformed tomatoes! They tasted OK, but ended up in a Bolognese sauce.
Not one to admit defeat, I grew another batch of tomatoes. These, to my relief, were perfectly formed plum tomatoes. I was delighted. However, disaster struck while I was away on holiday and an army of caterpillars burrowed their way into the tomatoes and destroyed the whole crop. As you can imagine I was not a happy Piglet. It’s now October so the saying “third time lucky” will have to wait until next year!
Courgettes proved to be another disaster, a couple grew quite happily while others just withered and died. See my post on Poorly Courgettes
So which fruit, veg and herbs grew most successfully in pots?
Radish, lettuce, French beans, chilies, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, basil, mint, parsley and coriander.
Rhubarb – the jury is still out as my solitary baby rhubarb plant fights for survival!
Lemons – there are currently four baby lemons, each about a centimeter long fighting for survival in yhe salt air and winds straight off the Atlantic Ocean. OK, I am an optimist!
We will see what next year brings forth…
Which fruit, veg or herbs have you had the most or least success with?