I have had a council allotment near my house for about seven years, and while this year has not been the best ever, I have had a few triumphs. This year, the beetroot worked, the blackcurrant bush outdid itself (and the capacity of my freezer), and the sage went mad!
However, the second early potatoes were about half the crop I would normally expect, the first peas I planted did nothing, and someone pinched about five kilos of red gooseberries. The weather was just so weirdly cold and damp, right through summer.
This is the time of year that as I clear out the summer crops I start planning for next year. I can see already that I need to demand more of the asparagus or kick it out, for example, and find some way of foiling the fruit thieves without resorting to a gun turret on top of the shed…