My gardening failures.

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The perfect looking courgette, until you turn it over.

Every gardener has disasters and failures in the vegetable patch and I am no exception. 

This page is designed to make you feel better when it all goes tits up despite your best efforts.

The 2021 leek harvest:

Despite planting nearly 200 leek seedlings from 4 different varieties, this was the sum total of the crop in early 2021. Yes they are leeks, even though they are developing bulges at the base.

8 leeks, and they were s tough as old boots.

2020, the year the broccolli was rationed:

It actually grew very well and tasted amazing, it never got very big and the side shoots were like pencils.

The kiwi crop failure of 2016.

I have 2 large and well established kiwi vines in my big polytunnel and the harvest is usually about 20 to 30lb of well formed fruit.

Not this year. 12 fruit, the largest of which was about the size of gooseberry.

The disastrous tomato crop of 2012.

In the UK this was a year without sunshine and it rained all the time. Not a single ripe tomato, indoors or out and everyting seemed to rot on the vines.