VEGETABLE GROWING 2020

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  1. shiney

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    Our beans have been producing very well (just garden compost dug in each Autumn but no other feed as we have a clay based soil that provides sufficient nutrients) and we have been picking since the first week in July. I tend to give them much more than the recommended amount of water as I grow them to sell for charity. They've really got into their stride and I'm now picking about 7lb a day - but I have lots of plants.

    This is a typical week's harvest but the picture wasn't taken this year. There were more of them but we had been eating them every day :heehee:
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    Up until the 'shutdown' I used to store and package them once per week and take them to my club for people to buy. Now that the club isn't allowed to meet :sad: people are coming round every day, by appointment, for their beans.

    I pick them every day no matter what the weather is like. During the heatwave I was picking at dawn.

    Yesterday I sold most of our Naga chilli plants (they had been ordered from last year)
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    and some more of our ShineyHybrids (sold about 50 so far)
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    It's all good money for the charity. :dbgrtmb:

    At this time of year regular buyers go away with freebie bags of windfall apples. :)
     
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      Thanks for the reply. We did have flowers and they set giving 3-4 pickings and then they just dried up despite watering everyday. There are a few seeds to save so next year I'll put some manure/compost in the bottom and restrict it to 3 plants/pot.
       
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      Although you were watering every day you may not have given them enough as they're water greedy plants. In pots that size you would need to water each day until the water was running out the bottom. :noidea:
       
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      I grow them in pots too.
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      There are four or five plants per pot. Usually, two is more than enough but the extra numbers were contingencies against slug and snail damage - the lip of the pots are perfect hiding places for them.

      The two pots have produced about 3-4kg total so far but have slowed down since the downpour after the recent heatwave.

      I agree with shiney's assessment: be very diligent with the watering and never let the compost dry out completely. I water mine every day since flowering, approx 0.5L to 1.5L of water per pot.

      They are also heavy feeders, so apply fertiliser or a liquid feed when you notice the plants turning yellow.
       
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        Shiney, you must have a very large plot of land. I'd very much would like to have a walk around sometime. Perhaps next year I can join and meet other members, at your open day. Best wishes.
         
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          @Mike Allen members have always been welcome at any time they're in the area - and if we're home. Since the pandemic the being home part ends up being most of the time. :noidea: Prior to that we had a very busy life with being members of lots of clubs and doing a lot of travelling.

          Now, we seem to be almost as busy with doing few of those things but as the years go by the garden takes a lot longer for us to sort out. We haven't helped by making the garden more complicated instead of easier to manage. :doh:

          The front garden is 80 ft x 100 ft and the back garden is 80 ft by something less than 300 ft. One of our neighbours has made his garden a lot easier by just having grass, a few evergreen trees and a few shrubs with all the beds they are in covered in plastic and topped with woodchips. He doesn't spend more than three hours a week working on it. Ours is really a full time job. :)
           
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            Today's aubergine pickings.
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            The first four on the left came from these plants:
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            Each plant was bearing three to five fruits.
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            The same goes for the spare plants grown directly in the ground.
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              The progress of the aerial pumpkins:

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              Physalis peruviana (aka Cape gooseberry, Inca berry)
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              The physalis plants belong to my plot neighbour. They were from the same batch that I grew in 2018.

              In London weather, they behave like herbaceous perennials - the tops die off over winter but the roots survive and regenerate the whole plant in the following spring.
               
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                You charge 20p per fruit??? :heehee:
                 
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                No, that was just the deposit for a quick gander, and worth every penny!
                 
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                  Harvested this marrow yesterday.
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                  Here it was in early August.
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                  This turned out to be a bit of a tiddler despite the claim on the seed packet of it being a "Large Type". But, no matter - I will contemplate next year's attempt over bowls of cubed marrow in soup and marrow stew.
                   
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                    Whilst i find common kale a bit rough, i do like cavolo nero.
                    So back in May i thought I'd grow some this year.
                    My local store didn't have any seed left, and it was getting late into Spring to buy it mail order.
                    So i picked up a packet of 'curly scarlet' kale and grew that instead.
                    It was a great success, we've been harvesting the leaves for the past month ..it cooks up just like cavolo nero, and just as dark.
                    The plants continue to grow and i can recommend them.
                     
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                      Barrow no.1 of 2..this year's sweet potato harvest. Just one plant, although it did cover a third of the polytunnel!20200923_103807.jpg
                       
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