My 3 tomato plants are the biggest success in the polytunnel so far although they were my second lot of plants after the first lot died. These are a beefsteak variety.
The plum variety are prolific. I wish all 3 plants were these kind!
Sadly I've lost 2 pumpkins so far. One had rot and the other had fallen off. One vine was completely covered in dead and yellowing leaves so I took it out.
My remaining vine still has several wee ones. All the advice seems to be remove all but one. But which one will I choose?
This is the biggest one, about the size of a cherry tomato
The courgettes on the right have been decimated by slugs and have suffered from powdery mildew and the Autumn squash on the left just haven't fruited.
My peppers are just starting to flower. I suspect they're too late now to fruit. Not sure why they've been slow as they were planted months ago.
I emptied my potato bags. I only had 2, just to see how they got on. The Sarpo Miro bag above produced just 400g of small potatoes.
The King Edwards bag produced 740g. So just a couple of meals worth of tatties from both bags!
To be honest I'm rather disappointed with my home grown produce this year. Apart from the tomatoes I've not had better results using the polytunnel over the raised beds. I think there are a few reasons.
1. I used growbags. I wanted to get growing quickly and they seemed like an quick, easy option.
2. Although I did put down a weed suppressant fabric, there were gaps around the edges where the slugs and snails got in.
3. It was really hot in early June and everything shot up too quickly. I lost a lot of salad crops (3 types of lettuce, spinach and radishes) as they bolted almost overnight
4. I went away on holiday for 2 weeks and left The Teenager in charge of watering and opening it up daily. He really did his best but I suspect erratic under/over watering didn't suit the squashes
5. I probably planted the wrong things! Too close together!!
My raised beds at the front of the house (south facing) have managed to produce a bit more but the soil needs to be nourished so yields have been low. It's also been a very wet July so again the slugs and snails have been dining rather well.
So, what now? Definitely need to enrich the soil in my raised beds. Not sure how yet, all suggestions welcome. And I'm working on a plan to put a U shaped raised bed in the polytunnel.
More reading and research is on the cards! I'm learning just as much from my failures as well as the successes :-)