What are you growing this year ?

Out by the shed, near the chicken coop. The place everyone hangs out to discuss the various edibles they raise in their gardens/allotments.

Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 17th, 2018, 3:04 pm

Not heard of it. Sounds interesting.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » May 17th, 2018, 9:47 pm

Me neither, if you get seeds off it I'd be interested!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » May 18th, 2018, 9:08 am

I'll report back once I get it. :D It looks as though it must having some popularity in the UK as a few online seed suppliers have it.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 18th, 2018, 11:14 am

Some Incaberry plants just arrived. Will these be another James Wong/Suttons waste of money, I wonder?!

I think I will keep one or two indoors, or in the lean-to, at least.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 21st, 2018, 6:05 pm

I just tried a little of my American Land cress. It's really tasty and the texture is lovely. It has a little crunch. The leaves are still very small though. Anyway, I would recommend it so far...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Badger's mate » May 21st, 2018, 9:58 pm

I remember reading about NZ spinach in an old book by Lawrence Hills of HDRA fame. Have not tried it. I hadn't heard of Incaberries though, but I understand it's another name for Cape Gooseberries or Physalis. I might have mentioned the plant that grew out of the broken drain at the back of our old lab. It fruited wonderfully...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 6:56 am

Yes that's right re Inca Berries. Things in drains etc. i.e. places you definitely haven't put them often seem to do well. I remember a tomato plant springing up in one in a corner of Tom Quad, Christ Church. Of course it got pulled up before it could fruit. I found some potatoes growing in the front garden at the weekend.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » May 22nd, 2018, 8:18 am

I found a baby tomato plant growing through the overflow grille in the kitchen sink last year.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 8:22 am

I've had them in the 'flower' bed quite a bit. Not sure how as not really ever got round to using my home made compost. Which reminds me. I need to order a second bin.

should I splash out and get a rotatable ones - there seem to be some more compact ball types - or a good old plastic Dalek?

My beehive one turned out to be not so good, although Basil loves to sit on it. I should get rid of it. It's in a nice sunny spot, where plants might do well, but poor Basil...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Badger's mate » May 22nd, 2018, 11:29 am

There have been tomatoes growing and fruiting between the tracks at Tottenham Hale station, under the canopy roof, in previous years.

I'm terrible at removing all the spuds from the ground when I harvest, they are all over the plot now. Most of my 'earlies' are in fact potatoes dug up from where they shouldn't be in July.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Badger's mate » May 22nd, 2018, 11:38 am

I've never done terribly well with daleks. We have now got three wooden bays, each about 1.2 cubic metres. Two are used for compost and one for leafmould. We empty one of (finished) compost around now, then turn the second one into it, so the new stuff from the second bay is at the bottom and the more rotted at the top, plant marrows on it, then use the newly emptied second bay for the next heap.

I use daleks on the plot, four of them. Their main advantage seems to be that the grass snakes and slow worms like them. They don't rot down chunky stuff too well I find, so woody bits and thick stems (brassicas, sweetcorn) are brought home, shredded and composted in the bigger bays.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 12:07 pm

Hmm. I was looking at hot bins. I don't want to use up to much room, so a tumbler may be out.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 12:08 pm

ouch. expensive though.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » May 22nd, 2018, 12:41 pm

I'm quite happy with my daleks, easy to move about or stack if empty. I do water them periodically and remove the lids to help stuff breakdown as i do think they are slower to rot stuff than other types.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 22nd, 2018, 12:46 pm

I decided to go down that route. £13 vs £200...Also ordered a slim line water butt for the front of the house. I hope we can squeeze it in.

I think Basil might be losing his sun trap beehive bin too...

I noticed, this morning, that some of my peas are flowering... the ones I haven't potted out yet, so I just went and bought some peas stops from Leather Lane, and will put them out tonight. My nematodes arrived too. So no (few) excuses now...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » May 22nd, 2018, 2:04 pm

We had one of the rotatable ones years ago, it was given to us. I think we used it for one batch. It didn't work very well and was really heavy to rotate so it left for a new home somewhere else.
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