Peppers and aubergines may not count as exotic in many gardeners' minds but they count as exotic for us. Last year with it's general lack of warmth and sunshine wasn't the best year we have had for growing them but at least we did manage a harvest. The peppers never actually made it to red and most of the aubergines were fairly small but fortunately the variety that we grow - Jackpot can be harvested whilst small.
We grow these plants in our garden greenhouse where the aubergines make an attractive display.
Last year wasn't a fair reflection on how each variety performed. After trying various aubergine varieties we have found the Jackpot suits our conditions best and so will be growing it again
We will be growing King of the North and Orange Bell this year as they have suited us in a normal summer.
Now for the ordinary - salad crops. This year we decided to grow most of our salad crops in our Woodblocx raised bed in the garden.
This decision was a success and we just popped up the harden and picked salad leaves whenever we wanted. As we picked in small amounts we didn't weigh or record these harvests but we were picking on a daily basis. We sowed packets of all sorts of salad leaves so I won't list them.
It was the same with the mini cucumbers which we were picking daily. The plants were grown in the garden greenhouse and cold frames. The small fruits were just the right size to mean that we had a fresh one each day.
We grew Cucino and Mini Munch last year but the plants became mixed together and so we can't compare yields. This year we have bought just Mini Munch seeds.
It was useful growing radishes in the raised bed as when we grow them on the plot we usually forget to pick them.
We didn't put all of our eggs in one basket and also grew some lettuces and radishes on the plot. These are the ones recorded in the above chart.
We will grow salad crops in the raised bed next year to provide fresh pickings.
So far we have bought Little Gem seeds but we also have lots of seeds left from last year.