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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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Post by freebird on 20th June 2018, 1:25 pm

Thanks for that, Ploshkin. I'm growing Early Nantes (I think). They need to be a short-rooted variety as the troughs aren't huge. However, amazingly straightforward so far. Usually, in the ground, carrots are more trouble than they're worth. The seed is already old, so may try your recommendation next year.
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Post by FloBear on 20th June 2018, 10:06 pm

Woo hoo! I spotted a few tiny pea pods today Very Happy
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Post by FloBear on 24th June 2018, 12:03 pm

First few blackcurrants - the bush is laden but they're not quite so black on close examination. And a very few blueberries.
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Post by Dandelion on 24th June 2018, 9:39 pm

The last of the spring cabbage, which Mr D found grwoing away, still tender and very fresh tasting. They were Durham Elf, which heart up if you leave them, so I'll be growng them again next year (next knee permitting...)

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Post by Chilli-head on 24th June 2018, 9:42 pm

My blackcurrants are not all fully ripe yet.  

Today I picked a few strawberries,  and lifted garlic and overwontered onions, red and white.  The softneck garlic has made good sized bulbs, but the hardback type has not split into cloves, just made a large single bulb.  I've left them to see if a bit more time will help.

I also dug some Charlotte potatoes (a volunteer from last year's crop, but good nonetheless), and picked some rocket - also volunteers from last year's plants.
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Post by Ploshkin on 24th June 2018, 10:31 pm

One sungold tomato, warm off the plant - grower's perks. None of the others are even starting to colour.
We're on a courgette a day now. The plant in the tunnel is about 6' across.
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Post by Jaded Green on 25th June 2018, 8:57 am

Miss JG has taken on an allotment this year and yesterday harvested her first potatoes
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Post by Dandelion on 25th June 2018, 6:50 pm

Jaded Green wrote:Miss JG has taken on an allotment this year and yesterday harvested her first potatoes
Wonderful - hope it's an encouragement for her to carry on the hard work!

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Post by Jaded Green on 26th June 2018, 7:48 pm

I think it is. She has sent pictures of courgettes today. Her allotment is rather dry :-(
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Post by freebird on 28th June 2018, 8:07 pm

My first ever blueberries. 12 - just enough to put on my breakfast. Some more to come.
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Post by freebird on 29th June 2018, 11:32 am

Few strawberries - virtually finished, though I still have ever-bearers that will fruit in dribs and drabs, raspberries, a few more blueberries, handful of blackcurrants, good picking of peas and out the greenhouse my first cucumber.

Really pleased about the soft fruit. There isn't much of anything, but this is first season in the fruit cage. Everything was moved in autumn from where it was struggling, too close to next door conifers, and pruned hard. Feeling hopeful for some modest crops next year.
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Post by Chilli-head on 29th June 2018, 11:44 am

I was up with Dad yesterday. His strawberry plot has expanded of its own accord to cover a large part of the garden. Lots of strawberries; he made me bring some away with me. Mine have finished, I think it got too dry for them - but I do have strawberry jam and strawberry frozen yoghurt made from my own fruit.

I have Bloody Butcher tomatoes starting to turn red - and Indigo apple turning a very strange colour indeed.
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Post by FloBear on 1st July 2018, 12:52 pm

First picking of gooseberries this morning, 1.8kg (about 4 lb in old money) That's more than I've picked in the 30 years I've had the bush!!
And one pea pod, just to try. Ate them raw, shared with Lulu the parrot.
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Post by Ploshkin on 1st July 2018, 3:02 pm

Gooseberries here too today, they're quite big and a lot have turned red. I've also had my first raspberries, loads but small -it's been too dry (it's rare that I can say that). Critical water time for gooseberries must be earlier than raspberries.
I've also picked my first broad beans and French beans in the tunnel.
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Post by Chilli-head on 1st July 2018, 9:24 pm

Collected together enough veg for the first Kari Sayur of the year - home grown garlic, onions, sugar snap peas, courgette, potato, and coriander seed. Followed by summer pudding made by Mrs C-H from my blackcurrants and Dad's strawberries. Yum.

Tomatoes are beginning to turn, though the blossom end rot is terrible this year. I don't believe the usual story about irregular watering, I suspect the weather affects calcium uptake
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Post by freebird on 1st July 2018, 10:56 pm

Ah, blossom end rot. Had to discard half a dozen Rose de Berne tomatoes today that had it. No chance of irregular watering as they are in the Autopots connected to a header tank that self-fills.

Nice picking of broad beans today, and two more cucumbers, couple of raspberries (but I think the birds are getting at them, despite many hanging CDs), peas and sugar snaps.
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Post by FloBear on 2nd July 2018, 8:50 am

I have also noticed some blossom end rot in my Autopot toms.
My mini cucumber, though planted quite late, is showing some tiny fruit already.
Must get back in the fruit cage today for watering and picking.
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Post by freebird on 3rd July 2018, 5:32 pm

Lining up cucumbers in the fridge now. Picked all my gooseberries - about 2 dozen off three bushes. That's fine for hard pruned, newly transplanted bushes. The red dessert gooseberries are delicious
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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd July 2018, 5:37 pm

My cucumbers are bitter, to varying degrees. I think it is the heat.

First tomato yesterday, it was a bloody butcher. Flavour OK, but the skins are really tough - anyone else found that with this variety, or is it the heat ?

I might go in search of blackcurrants tonight.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th July 2018, 7:29 pm

Picked the first sungold tomatoes - some very small, and the ones grown outside in a pot had tough skins, but beautifully sweet.

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Post by FloBear on 4th July 2018, 8:37 pm

I'm getting blossom end rot on some GH tomatoes despite the Autopots and additional water from the top.
I think my new gooseberry bushes need hard pruning, there's so much growth and not a lot of fruit.
Went down to fruit cage in jim-jams this morning to pick bluberries to go on my breakfast.
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Post by Chilli-head on 4th July 2018, 10:40 pm

Blackcurrants. Lots of them. Picked off 8lb from a couple of bushes, and there are plenty more to pick. I do love them. Blackcurrant jam. Blackcurrant sorbet. Mrs C-H makes some lovely blackcurrant muffins biglove
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Post by Chilli-head on 4th July 2018, 10:43 pm

Ooh, forgot to say we picked sungold tomatoes for a salad tonight. I tried them because of the recommendation on here, and they are well flavoured and sweet. Rocket seems to be doing well in the heat, though my lettuce is bolting.
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Post by Dandelion on 5th July 2018, 6:31 pm

FloBear wrote:
Went down to fruit cage in jim-jams this morning to pick bluberries to go on my breakfast.
That's one thing about the summer I love - gardening in my nightie!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 5th July 2018, 10:36 pm

Finished picking the blackcurrants. 5kg from four plants. Mrs C-H has already made blackcurrant jam, and it is rather nice.
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