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Vegetable Growing 2021

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. JWK

    JWK Gardener Staff Member

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    I am growing Auberines, Kohlrabi for the first time and may also try some fennel and Pak Choi.

    Rusty
     
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    • JWK

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      I've been trying to grow Florence Fennel these last three years without success. I've sown too early (April) and they bolted, I tried sowing much later (mid-May) last year and they still bolted. One last try this year and I'll wait till mid-June.
       
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      I have basil, kale, leek, brussel and purple sprouting broccoli seedlings in the greenhouse.
      Need to sow fennel seed soon trying Romanesco this year. I've had mixed results over the years some years nothing has bulbed up, other years I've had too many.
       
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        I have never done well with Fennell either, I gave up sowing early into pots as they hate root disturbance and bolt. I wait till late May to sow direct but they never make a decent size. Trying another variety this year.
         
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        Ive sown bronze fennel for the colour ,also Artichokes,kale nero ,cut & come again salads ,cucumbers and ive put my Tomato plants out in the sunshine as you suggested @JWK :)
        My new back garden isnt that big and im still excavating it as it was completely covered pebbles and everywhere i gain ground is like land fill when i dig :sad: x
         
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          I have bronze fennel in the garden and it self seeds all over the place every year! Great as an ornamental and great to flavour stews and use like dill for fish. I never have success with dill - it always bolts before I get to use it so fennel works great as a substitute for me.
           
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          • JWK

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            Picked the first early potatoes today, planted on 28 March in containers in unheated greenhouse, looks like I should have started picking them a week ago as getting big already:
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              Ooops meant to post above in the Potato thread - leave it here as relevant.
               
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              I had a fair number of pencil-thick leeks left over from last year's bucket challenge.

              So I just dropped them into holes made by a broom handle dibber back in early November.

              Here is the resulting harvest.
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              And, of course, a few moments before.
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              Most were about an inch thick and had expanded to fill the full broom handle diameter.

              I wonder if I would get fatter leeks if I had used a thicker dibber.
               
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                Growing list this year:

                Onions
                - Red Cross
                - Snowball

                Garlic
                - Extra Early Wight
                - Provence Wight
                - Elephant

                Tomatoes
                - Costoluto Fiorentino (Heirloom)
                - Purple Ukraine (Heirloom)
                - Amish Paste (Heirloom)
                - San Marzano Redorta
                - Ailsa Craig
                - Dattero
                - Mucha Miel (Heirloom)
                - Unknown hanging cherry

                Fruit Bushes
                - Raspberry
                - Ben Alder Blackcurrant
                - Blackberry

                Cucumbers
                - Parisian Pickling
                - Diva
                - Goblin

                Squash
                - Courgette Dwarf (di Milano)
                - Courgette Rond (de Nice)
                - Kabocha Pumpkin
                - Unknown french courgette

                Leaves & salad
                - Gustav Butterhead Lettuce
                - Lettuce Moonred
                - Securo Summer Spinach
                - Rocket
                - Rainbow Radish
                - Salad Onion 'Lisbon'

                Chillis
                - JalapeƱo
                - Thai Dragon
                - Cyclone (?)
                - Carolina Reaper
                - Serrano

                Strawberries
                - Cambridge Favourite
                - Elsanta
                - Pegasus

                Other stuff
                - Tomatillo 'Salsa Verde'
                - Potatoes 'Blue Danube'
                - Borage
                - Chocolate mint


                An awful lot going on! So far have harvested two lettuces from my early crop and a few onions as spring onion. Raspberry bush is dying and probably won't make it. Blackberries first year and am awaiting flowers. Blackcurrant first flowered however the old wood was a very small amount of the plant (purchased last year) so don't expect a useful harvest.
                 
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                • JWK

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                  @FrancescaH That is a lot, never tried other kinds of mint like your 'Chocolate Mint' - I'm tempted to give it a try, please let us know how you get on with it.
                   
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                  It really does taste like chocolate! If you like mint chocolate ice cream it's that exact flavour.

                  Most herbs I grow like that are just for enjoyment and the occasional cocktail. Usually I just rub my hands over the plant in the morning when I wander round the garden with my coffee and enjoy the smell!

                  Two onions eaten for dinner tonight, as spring onions (chopped up and had raw with mango chutney and poppadoms).
                   

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                    Most of my replacement cucumber plants are up! So far out of 11, 7 have germinated.

                    Wondering where on earth I'm going to put them, seeing as 4 to a pot is about the max. Might have to go and buy another pot, oh no.

                    Or maybe I could grow them at the front of the house and give them twine to climb up?
                     
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                      Harvested my first garlic... bit of a test. This one had properly gone brown and flopped over. The others maybe only have one or two browning leaves, but still plenty of green. I pulled up another one but I don't think it'd formed cloves (though it didn't look too far off). I stuck it back in the ground and have left all the others be.

                      What do we think? Does this look like I should've harvested sooner?

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                      Left it out in the sun to dry off before I rub off the dirt.
                       
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