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Post by Living proof on 26th April 2019, 11:47 am

Thank you for having me here and I look forward to learning and sharing predominantly gardening experiences. I have a greenhouse, allotment with polytunnel (the frame is up but the cover is yet to put on) and love growing things from scratch. New additions this year are sweet potatoes grown from slips and okra from seed. Both doing well thus far, I am just hoping for a brilliant summer like last year as I have loads of tomatoes, chillis and peppers etc. and would love a good harvest. Does anyone have recent experience with Okra please?
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Post by Chilli-head on 26th April 2019, 12:36 pm

You are very welcome !

I am already envious of Ploshkin's polytunnel, if you have seen her thread on it ! It sounds like you are up for a challenge; Okra is one of those things I have yet to try but I hear can be difficult. Tomatoes, chillies, peppers - yes. My current challenge is trying to grow my own caper bush. Thought I'd cracked it, then my one plant died in the heat of summer last year.

Look forward to seeing how you do with the tunnel - and we all like photos ...


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Post by FloBear on 26th April 2019, 4:06 pm

Ooh, a new bod. Nice to have you here, Living Proof.
Can't help with Okra or Polytunnels, I'm afraid but will be cheering you on from the sidelines!
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Post by freebird on 26th April 2019, 5:09 pm

Hi there Living Proof. Lovely to have you join in. You'll have to excuse me if I don't say a lot - we are in the throes of moving from London to Wales. So much to do, so I'm only joinng in occasionally. Look forward to hearing about your polytunnel - Ploshkin has already been advising me that I may need one too.
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Post by Dandelion on 27th April 2019, 4:43 pm

Hello Living Proof - glad you dropped in! No experience of okra here either: I keep hens, love to grow food (but not okra yet...) and am fascinated by compost. (I don't mean I sit and look at it all day, but I love the process, and the fact that nothing needs to be wasted.) Looking forward to getting to know you better.

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Post by Ploshkin on 29th April 2019, 3:12 pm

Hello and welcome. A bit late to the party I am.
I will be very interested in how you get on with sweet potatoes. I tried them in my polytunnel the year before last. I think they needed considerably more water than I gave them. I ended up with tubers but they were about the thickness of a chipolata. I don't think outdoor conditions here would suit. I might give them another go some time.
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Post by Living proof on 1st May 2019, 12:00 pm

Ploshkin wrote:Hello and welcome.   A bit late to the party I am.
I will be very interested in how you get on with sweet potatoes.  I tried them in my polytunnel the year before last.  I think they needed considerably more water than I gave them.  I ended up with tubers but they were about the thickness of a chipolata.  I don't think outdoor conditions here would suit.  I might give them another go some time.

I am going to try them in large containers and potato bags and maybe one or two directly in the soil in the polytunnel. I have certainly seen some very meagre harvests, as you say like chipolatas, but until I try I won't know. I think I will have to rig up some drip feed bottles in case I am away for a few days if they need a lot of water.
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