Awhile ago, I posted a blog about problems which may arise when raising plants from seed. In this post, I’m going to discuss common problems with seedlings and plants, including disease, damage, death and failure to crop. I know this makes for a rather depressing read but by understanding what went wrong, hopefully you might be able to avoid making the same mistakes in future. I’ve had my own share of failures in the garden over the years. These things happen. It doesn’t necessarily make you a bad gardener, so don’t give up!
There is a lot of ground to cover, so in this post I will focus on death.
Today’s photo is of our two containers of Endive “Escarole” from Franchi Seeds. This is the first time that I have grown endive but I have eaten it when I lived in France. The lovely owner of Italian Seeds Pronto, Gillian Hurley-Gordon, included a free packet when I placed my last seed order. Admittedly it is bitter, but it’s very good for you! We have been adding it to salads with other leafy greens such as rocket, mesclun and cut-and-come again lettuce.