This growing season has a long way to go but I've already started planning next years crops spurred on partly by the fact that I'm moving house in September and will be starting a new vegetable area in somewhat unpromising conditions.
It's going to be a challenge as the plot though fairly large and open (some tree felling planned) is on an east-west axis (though I'm currently gardening on a north-east facing plot surrounded by trees which throw some shade and roots and I'm still having success with vegetables) and the soil is sandy. But as I'm putting in raised beds I should be able to amend this as I go.
I'll be planting the mangetout Norli again. A good cropper, they were stringless, fairly sweet (they get sweeter with hindsight) and early. Can anyone recommend another mangetout or sugarsnap variety that they've had success with?
I'll try the potato Marfona to see if I can get a waxy potato that bulks up well and keeps.
The Franchi mixed lettuce leaves from Seeds of Italy are on the 'to order' list and I'll try to source some new garlic varieties.
There's not a lot I'll be bringing from the old plot to the new one, apart from the seed I've saved but I do have an asparagus bed that's in it's fifth year now and giving a good crop of fat spears. Has anyone ever moved asparagus crowns to new ground; how do I do it and does it work? Otherwise I fear I'm going to have to start over again and wait three more years before I can cut a half way decent crop.