Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Swede Sucsess......

I know most people all year have been banging on about how bad this year has been for growing veg and how they can’t wait for next year to come, but I just want to tell you about my poor showing this year of my celeriac & swedes.

Last year was a great year for my celeriac all 12 of them produced a good root  but this year it was all foliage and when I dug up the root it was a tangled mess of small twisted roots .

My swedes had got off to a good start and started to produce a nice swollen root but the wet weather all summer just made most of the rot off, but one just one little swede managed to combat the awful summer. I didn’t even notice it at first as I was clearing out the bed pulling up all the celeriac and the fennel that had bolted and gone to seed but to my surprise I saw it sitting there looking ready to be dug up.

It’s my first ever swede grown, I am very proud of it, I did the honourable thing and gave it to my mother she simply adores swede and thought she was the best judge on the eating of it and she told me it’s the best she has had, so hopefully next year I can grow them again and this time like my onions this year will protect them from too much rain if we get it.


  1. Our celeriac was non-existent - we dug one up but the rest is still underground. The swede was late in so I don't hold out much hope for that either.

    Having said that this year hasn't been ALL bad!

  2. My Swedes were only average this year again. No use complaining though, there's always next year.

  3. I have never grown a decent swede yet - well done

  4. I tried for years to grow swede without success, until afew years ago I planted the seeds in newspaper pots at home. I then transfer them when they are big enough. This way I have had some lovely swedes, even this year when growing conditions haven't been too good.

    There is a picture of one of my swede here:
    (it's about half way down the page).