Vegetable Growing 2022

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  1. Tomhip

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    Hi folks.
    I’m looking for dwarf sized vegetables I’m growing dwarf tomatoes at present and they look superb (I hope i don’t regret saying that!) can any member recommend a dwarf cabbage and perhaps calebrase sprouting etc that can be container grown for late autumn and winter harvesting and any advice about a decent tasting kale would be appreciated
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  2. Glynne Williams

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    Best Tasting Runner Beans:

    Difficult to say? However which varieties do you grow for taste please?
    What about self setting runner beans?
    Moonlight is considered great tasting, and is self setting!?
     
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    I'm asking the above question as I've lost ALL my previous sowing!!!! Probably temperature or MICE!!! So they thought they were tasty!!
     
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    • pete

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      Is there such a thing?
      I thought they all tasted the same mostly it's the freshness that makes the difference.
      That's my thoughts. :smile:
      Never thought dwarf French beans had as much flavour as a runner.
       
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      • JWK

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        For my main sowing I grow Tenderstar as it's early, stringlless and tasty. I have tried moonlight years ago and its yield and taste was below Tenderstar (in my opinion). Both those varieties are a cross between french and runners combining the best features of both, I.e they are self fertile and great taste.

        I also sow a french bean 'cobra' as a greenhouse crop, it's extra early and has the taste of a runner. I agree with pete, most french beans tend to be a bit bland but Cobra is nice.

        Bear in mind that taste is subjective so what I like others may not.
         
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        • pete

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          I had forgotten about the stringyness of some varieties. :biggrin:
           
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            Thanks very much for your responses! Yes bland is the word, but runners are considered an important by the cook/gardener so I have to grow them! As regards taste, these days I have no sense of taste at all. I'm aware of hot chili's and something in some onions make me aware when their taste is NOT there!...??
            So Tenderstar, also mentioned by others, seems to be the one. It's stranglers as well.
            Now all I've got to decide is whether I plant these direct after a soak, or sow indoors first.
            My initial sowing of germinating beans have disappeared! I've dug for them but no sign of them. As I'd also had a loss of some of my Aquadulce Claudia nearby last Autumn I'm now convinced the little hairy ones are about again. The only annoying thing is that the bigger hairy things that crap in the gardenbeds have either forgotten how to catch them, are fed too well by their owners, or have taken to heart all my anticat behaviour!!!
             
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            • Sian in Belgium

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              My first runner beans of the season ( scarlet emperor) ... Perfect for a risotto!
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                … and my first courgette harvest of the year670E880B-6320-4756-BB76-0E3AC3AE0EC7.jpeg
                 
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                  Amazing produce! I replanted runners in trays and replanted them yesterday. Hope the mice are finding other stuff to eat! Gardener now tells me some leaves have been 'nibbled'! Oh heck!!!
                   
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                    Started picking Cobra over a week ago and now coming on well, enough for the 3 of us for a couple of meals:
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                      Well done, John bach!
                       
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                      • Hanglow

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                        My cobra are 1ft high. At least the borlottis and runners are up to about 3ft, obviously no signs of podding yet. My initial sowing was a complete failure, so had to do so again end of may I think.
                         
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                          My re-planted runners still above ground, but got the gardener to plant a big pot up with what's left. Frankly the potted beans have been the most successful for us in the last couple of years. Considered it was growing them in the same soil under a trellis, so I replaced a wheelbarrow full two years ago, with no real effect. What could it be that's still getting in through the roots? Mind you, this year has been feeding mice!
                           
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                          • JWK

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                            I grow my runners in the same soil every year, sometimes adding some homemade compost or spent compost from last years pots. I have problems with slugs and sometimes pigeons nipping the tops off. I don't know what could be getting your roots @Glynne Williams, I have had mice burrowing to feed on pea seed but not runners.
                             
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