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Post by Chilli-head on 4th April 2018, 4:54 pm

Darn, you should get a job as a polytunnel salesperson Ploshkin. You make me very envious Laughing

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Post by freebird on 20th April 2018, 10:34 am

One, just one, asparagus spear - plenty more about an inch high though.
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Post by Ploshkin on 20th April 2018, 11:53 am

Do you carefully cut it in half and have half each? I remember doing that with my first ever egg.
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Post by FloBear on 20th April 2018, 5:12 pm

Had first garden produce yesterday in the form of chives which OH snipped into the potato salad he made.
And reading this fred has reminded me that I picked some rhubarb yesterday but didn't bring it indoors. I should think it's a bit sad after a day lying in the baking sun. Better go and look for it.
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Post by Ploshkin on 23rd April 2018, 8:30 am

I don't know if this counts as harvesting but yesterday I used the last of my butternut squashes from last year's polytunnel crop.  The neck had started to go soft but the rest was fine.  I'm really pleased with how they stored - on top of the tall freezers in the boiler shed.  I think I had about 16 and not one got wasted.
I did actually harvest leeks yesterday.  They are the ones I started in a bucket last year but they didn't get put into the garden until August.  They survived the winter and are growing merrily - not huge but about an inch thick which is ok.
By the way, how do you get leeks out of the ground without them snapping off and leaving the bottom bit behind?
Oh, and I had rhubarb yesterday - I keep forgetting to look at  my nice, new productive plant as I had a miserable, slow one for so many years.
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Post by freebird on 9th May 2018, 10:10 pm

Lots of asparagus. It's growing like a weed this year.
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Post by Dandelion on 10th May 2018, 10:37 pm

Spring cabbages!!

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Post by freebird on 18th May 2018, 9:26 pm

And yet more asparagus - giving it away now. Tonight we had oven-roasted asparagus and other oven-roasted veg including the last piece of butternut squash from last season's produce.
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Post by Dandelion on 20th May 2018, 1:20 pm

freebird wrote:And yet more asparagus - giving it away now. Tonight we had oven-roasted asparagus and other oven-roasted veg including the last piece of butternut squash from last season's produce.
Presumably it was the rain we had in the late winter early spring which has made it so prolific?

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Post by Ploshkin on 20th May 2018, 7:21 pm

We've just eaten the first strawberries from the polytunnel - scrumptious.
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Post by FloBear on 20th May 2018, 9:57 pm

I have no produce yet apart from some rhubarb which is suffering a bit in the dry weather after being divided last year. I'm only picking a moderate amount so it can gather strength.
Lots of potential on fruit plants and bushes.
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Post by FloBear on 29th May 2018, 2:07 pm

My first picking of strawberries. 15 good-sized beauties. There are some sald leaves waiting to be harvested too.
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Post by Ploshkin on 31st May 2018, 9:07 pm

I harvested my first potatoes today - Rocket from the polytunnel.
I've had another pick of strawberries but I can see that the crop is going to be disappointing this year. They are first year plants, from runners last year, so I was expecting a good, continuous crop but they are producing runners instead of more flowers. Up until now I have been picking the runners off but I think I will leave them now in the hope that they will fruit if the main plants aren't going to.
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Post by freebird on 4th June 2018, 10:33 pm

Struggling with strawberries, as vine weevil wrecks my plants, but a few from the greenhouse. Still cutting asparagus, and today, my first handful of sugar snap peas which we had in a stir-fry.
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Post by Ploshkin on 4th June 2018, 11:07 pm

Ooh yes, I had my first peas yesterday from the polytunnel, we had about a desertspoonful each.
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Post by Chilli-head on 5th June 2018, 8:08 am

Forgot to say we had our first picking of broad beans at the weekend.  Nice to have them when they are young and tender.

Also got a few bonus peas from a pot grown for pea shoots then abandonned outside.

Our strawberries look promising this year, not quite fully ripe though.
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Post by Ploshkin on 7th June 2018, 6:25 pm

First courgette!
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Post by Dandelion on 7th June 2018, 8:10 pm

A few broad beans!

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Post by FloBear on 8th June 2018, 6:19 pm

Strawberries - we're having trouble keeping up with eating them at the moment.
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Post by freebird on 18th June 2018, 8:27 am

Strawberries, raspberries, sugarsnap peas, lettuce.

Very excited about a few gooseberries ripening in the fruit cage - will be the first year not losing them to the birds.

Have abandoned the asparagus now. Tall peas nearly ready, as are broad beans, and although some way off yet, most of my tomato plants have their first green tomatoes forming.
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Post by FloBear on 18th June 2018, 2:36 pm

I have a bush full of gooseberries that I am waiting for. Have chucked a net over it so I can keep most of the fruit - which almost never happens.
Earlyish blackcurrants and blueberries are colouring up. Strawberries almost finished now.
My very tall peas have flowers at last.
GH toms have tiny fruit.
One of the summer broccoli plants has a small purple broccoli in the centre.
Have managed to harvest a few leaves for salads.
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Post by freebird on 19th June 2018, 6:08 pm

My first few broad beans, and first three Tutankhamun pea pods - one for me, one for the man and one for the parrot! Strawberries in full flow. Raspberries slow; steady supply of sugarsnap. Think I've found a variety to keep, at last (Lusaka). Good sized pods, completely stringless. Germination was not great, but if I save seed, it should be better.
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Post by FloBear on 19th June 2018, 6:50 pm

That's just what I'll do with my first three peas! It's ages since Lulu the parrot had a fresh pea pod.
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Post by Ploshkin on 19th June 2018, 7:07 pm

I've had a few meals worth of peas out of the tunnel which is good as I have only just put some seed out in the garden.
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Post by freebird on 19th June 2018, 9:57 pm

Oh, I forgot about my carrots. Don't usually bother as carrots are cheap as chips to buy, and much grief with slugs and snails. But I took a pack of seed from the swap, and have grown some in troughs, using spent compost refreshed with worm compost. So for virtually no outlay, I have carrots on the way. Harvested four today, for tomorrow's salad.
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Post by Ploshkin on 20th June 2018, 9:14 am

If you're growing g carrots in troughs Amsterdam Forcing are brilliant for successional sowing and to get a nice early greenhouse crop. I usually sow my first batch at the end of January and keep under fleece until things warm up. My last (3rd) batch last year sat in the dry compost in the tunnel through the winter and I harvested the final ones some time in April. It's one of those things I've decided it's probably not worth growing outside now.
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