What are you growing this year ?

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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Hope » July 22nd, 2017, 9:48 am

We've had about 5-10 or so tomatoes. they are fairly small ones, which ripen earlier. Loads of courgettes. Lots of wild rocket. Slugs ate my pea plants and have had a good chomp on the beans, but other beans are fighting back and in bud (only someone thought yet again that she'd remember which was which so didn't bother to label and well... :oops: it'll be a nice surprise if we get any pods to then see which ones they are!) Had three radishes. Everything else is either eaten by slugs, or is taking forever to grow. Potatoes should be ready soon though.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » July 31st, 2017, 5:30 pm

Just did a bit of harvesting:

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Tromboncini area coming along nicely. Sorry photo a bit out of focus
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My Lucciolo toms are ripening and the Rosello are turning.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » July 31st, 2017, 5:35 pm

Lucciolo are rather a sweet shape!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 31st, 2017, 6:05 pm

OH lovely veggies Herbie :tu: :D , after getting a bit over excited I've a (temporary) lull in my cucumbers and courgettes though more on their way. Picked a goodish amount of runners and broad beans earlier, these were from my earliest planting so are waning now, though the next batch should be only 2-3 weeks away :)
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby StokeySue » July 31st, 2017, 6:39 pm

I'm a bit puzzled
I'm going to have enough chillies to start a business from the four small plants round the edges of the terrace, but the huge one in the middle doesn't seem to have set any fruit at all, I don't need them to eat, but was hoping for decorative effect. Fingers crossed

Herbi, those tromboncini look amazing
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 1st, 2017, 4:03 pm

Hmm odd Sue. Mind you the beans I grew from seed aren't flowering. Hoping they will at some point. I started them off in April. The ones I ate last night went in about 4 weeks ago (albeit as small plants). Maybe your chillis will glower eventually?

I am still getting cucumbers but a bit bored with them :o I may not get any more courgettes.

I confess my excitement for gardening always seems to wane around the critical
harvesting time. Not sure why. I shall try and focus my attention on cooking (tomatoes may feature heavily...!) when I get back from Italy. Hopefully I shall be inspired by Umbrian cuisine. I shall be on my own too. OH goes to Germany a week on Monday to start new job.
I will water tromboncini when I get home!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 1st, 2017, 6:00 pm

I picked the longest tromboncino (sorry I probably spell it differently every time.) Now what to do with it... It's supposed to be quite courgette-like actually. I may just fry it in butter, to find out what it tastes of. I also discovered some ripe, grape-sized tomatoes... (Anna Nasa) and ate them. Not sure they are supposed to be grape sized... And noticed some blossom end rot (I think) on my Ananis Noir. I have not been as assiduous with feeding as perhaps I should have been.
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I removed lots of mildewy leaves from things and sprayed the rest.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » August 1st, 2017, 6:06 pm

My word that's a big 'un :D seems a shame to chop it up. I've one wee cherry tom (Sungold) that is ripening, they always seem to be the first ones to get there! I doubt when it's ready it will make it out of the greenhouse :oops: A few brambles are nearly there too!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 2nd, 2017, 3:33 pm

There was quite a lot of it, as I realized when I began slicing it. It was curiously squeaky when I ate it! Quite a mild taste. I ended up adding s-d tom paste, some smoked hot paprika and some garlic, and topping with parmesan.

My husband had some vulgar things to say about it... :)

Well once you've had one ripening, the rest will follow suit. Ethylene, I guess.

I am looking forward to a tomato tasting session - compare and contrast sort of thing. I might bring some in to work if enough of all the different varieties ripen at once.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » August 4th, 2017, 7:30 pm

First brambles picked earlier, just a small bowl so I think they will either just be scoffed with some cream or turned into a small crumble. :D Though I do have some venison haunch steaks in the freezer and I love a bramble sauce with that......
Courgettes have picked back up so a I've a few to use up. I've a notion to try dehydrating some thin slices so might have a bash at that sa i've still to use my new hydrator.
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