Vegetable Growing 2021

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  1. noisette47

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    So excited! I wasn't expecting the first harvest of pecan nuts for a few years yet. They're small but perfectly formed and absolutely delicious :)
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    • pete

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      I like Pecans, is it a named variety and how tall is/are the trees?
       
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        I am not sure what variety they were. I was just given a handful of collected seed and told to grow them as they were very tasty.

        From 6 plants I managed to get 29 pumpkins in total of which two thirds I gave to local residents.

        The pumpkins have a thin rind and a very dense flesh which was extremely difficult to cut.

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        So, to cube and parboil was the only easy way to peel them.

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        My brother made a very tasty soup out of half of the pumpkin.

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        The other half he roasted.

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        The taste and mouth feel was exactly like roasted sweet potatoes - quite stodgy but perfect in small portions.
         
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          The growing season has officially ended at our community garden so most of the plots will be quite barren but I prefer to make use of the empty spaces.

          Garlic was planted last month.
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          The gai choy (Chinese mustard greens) are in.
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          Radish sown two months ago and ready for picking.
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          One last harvest of chopsuey greens.
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          The final harvest of the chopsuey greens will be the fourth of the year - a fantastic cut and come crop, albeit, I had to diligently nip off the flower buds to encourage more leafy growth throughout the year.
           
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            Lamb's lettuce, finally!
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            Surprisingly difficult to germinate from seed.

            I've tried all sorts of methods yet this was the first attempt to meet with success in the three years of trying.

            It would seem that an August sowing in shallow drills is the best way to go for future crops.
             
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              Still picking a few strawberries and blueberries:
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              My blueberries are finished by august, is that a particularly late variety?

              I've got a lot of autumn salads outside and have set the greenhouse up for some winter/early spring salads. I'm trying forcing chicory for the first time in pots, dont know If I'll get any useable chicons from them when I force them. Unfortunately the greenhouse is in complete shade during the winter so I'm not too sure how many of the plants will make it.IMG_20211112_092019544_HDR.jpg
               
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              It's mid season, variety Bluecrop. It is its first year so hasn't established. I've not had much fruit, spread over the summer and was surprised to find this last picking.
               
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                @Hanglow my greenhouse is similarly shaded during the winter. I do get a crop of winter lettuce but it grows very slowly. Yours look good, should get some. Watch out for slugs at this time of year year.
                 
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                  Yes ! Like you l had been trying without success , this year l sowed seed in between my newly dibbed leek plants , in early August.
                  I’ve had very similar germination rate.
                  Your squashes look very similar to a variety l grew this year Crown Prince. I haven’t used any yet so don’t know if the flesh colour is the same. :)
                   
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                    My veg growing for the year is now just overwintering some beds with as much compost as I can get in them. I'm also trying out green manure for the first time.
                    There's parsnips in the ground and the young shoots of garlic and onions but other than that I'm just planning and ordering seed for 2022
                     
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                      We grew Crown Prince and also haven't used them yet. :noidea: They certainly look similar from the outside. We only managed one large and a few tiny ones from each plant but we did sow them late.
                       
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                        I’ve got a nice covering of Limnanthes , Poached egg flower on one of my beds , not by choice;
                        I grew some in the summer to attract hoverflies and they must have self seeded , lovely strong little things , covering nicely !! :)
                         
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                          @Loofah , which green manure are you growing ?
                           
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                          Mustard. They had a selection, each to do something similar but different; I think the mustard was for general soil improvement which is what it needs this year. Just have to dig it in before it flowers. Cheaper than chips too!
                           
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