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Vegetable Growing 2021

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

  1. misterQ

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    Today's dwarf French bean harvest.
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    Here they were just a few moments ago.
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    It was a minor miracle that I even got a crop at all as the snails came out in force this year.
     
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    • misterQ

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      The unknown blackberry is coming along nicely.
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      The solid core inside means that it is definitely not a raspberry.
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      This thornless pot grown plant sends out long runners which root easily just like a raspberry but my other known thornless true blackberry does not exhibit this behaviour so this one must be a different variety or a hybrid.
       
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        Now picking Blackberries at about 6lbs per dog walk. Not really enough yet to warrant going out just to pick them. Steam juice extracting blackberries starts tomorrow.

        Pressed my first 7 galls of apple juice yesterday, which I'm pasteurising in bottles this afternoon. Loads of crab apples around this year which I'll be harvesting in a couple of months or so to used in cider making.


        Same variety as I grow (and pictured above). I grow these outdoors every year and have never been dissapointed. Most are knobbly enough to require peeling, but there's zero waste as Hens eat the peelings and Dog gets to eat the ends and is grateful.


        I normally grow 4 plants, but 2 died this year. Any more than 4 results in picking carrier bags of them.
         
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          That's an excellent crop. :thumbsup:

          I don't grow dwarf bean but the climbing variety, and they have been rubbish this season. So have the yellow ones. :sad: Whereas the Bridgwater French beans have produced lots. Fourteen plants are producing well over 1lb per day.
           
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            Biggest Marrow is now 24" long and growing 1" a day. They'll grow faster earlier in the summer, but probably also finish earlier and smaller. Pollinating in August and growing on and through September should be slow and steady and hopefully produce a bigger marrow.

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            This Gherkin stayed hidden until it was enormous. Made me wonder about growing one in a narrow necked jar until it almost filled it, then cutting and pickling it insitu and giving it away on 1st April.

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                Betroot, carrot and bean harvest

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                  My own beetroot harvest.
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                  Yes, here they were just moments before.
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                    Picked 5 lbs of runner beans after been away on holiday for a week
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                    Most of my French beans were too big and tough, they need picking more often so that might be the end of those.
                     
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                      Yes, they are inexpensive to grow and, yes, they are tasty fresh off the stalk...

                      If only they didn't produce so much compost material I'd grow a lot more of them.


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                        Today's aubergine pickings.
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                        Here they were just moments ago.
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                          Picking runners twice a week. The first lot have already had a few servings out of them.

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                          Today's pick

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                            Picked over 6lbs again today. What's significant is that starting around mid July I've let over 50 beans go to seed (some now 25" long) and doing that is supposed to stop them producing, but I'm still getting loads.

                            The reason I did that was using the last of my saved seed for the variety I grow (which would cost around £2 each to buy if I ran out of them). The seeds from that lot will keep me going for a few years, enabling me to restrict plants to only a couple of pods each and go for some real bigguns.

                            Plus our village horticultural society cancelled the show (again) this year because they are too frightened to run one, when everything else is now up and running, hundreds were at the village fete yesterday and all the national shows are being held. Time for members to get shot of the existing committee.

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                              And 2 days later another 5lbs 4oz. I've noticed there's a sudden decline in beans coming on and expect to pick an ever decreasing harvest for about another couple of weeks.

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                              But that was why I timed my last sowing of french beans (Safari) to start cropping when my runners started to decline.

                              Had my first pick yesterday from quite a large patch. We pick them small enough to eat whole and the only preparation required is snipping the ends off with scissors.

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                                That was 1lb 8ozs 2 days ago on the first pick 2 days ago and a further 1lb 12ozs today.

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                                If they keep producing at that rate there will be about £25's worth a week at Tesco finest fine french bean prices, not bad result from a 99p packet of Safari from Premier Seeds.
                                 
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