|Achocha: pretty but ultimately pointless|
- The yield is too low to make growing them worthwhile.
- They don't taste too good.
- They are too much faff.
- Other vegetables do it better.
|One of our few ladies fingers|
I gave the aubergines two seasons, trying hardier varieties in the second year, but alas it was not to be (Jim's secretly pleased, I think). With the okra, I didn't need to try again. It was obvious that the yield wouldn't ever be enough for the effort.
|Our largest aubergine|
Since I always liked shop-bought chicory, it was on the list to try. However, the forcing process to blanch them was too much faff for me though the slugs appreciated having some nice leaves to nibble under the bucket. And unblanched, even though they looked attractive, the chicory leaves were just plain bitter. I also tried drying the roots, but this was also too much faff considering the end result.
|Meyer lemon: sadly a fail|
Next year's experimental crop will be scorzonera (black salsify).