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Post by Chilli-head on 11th September 2018, 12:24 pm

So, we are a little way into September now, and it seems to be a mild one.  Hopefully a chance to make up for the poor results I've had earlier in the year.

What I can report on is my butternut squash experiment. This year I grew two varieties, one from the Organic Garden catalogue (was Chase organics, now sold to Dobies) which was simply sold as "Butternut squash", and "Early butternut", I forget where from.  Both produced similar large fruits, but for now the Early Butternut is clearly in the lead for yield, with ~4 fruits per plant compared with ~2 each for the Organic Garden catalogue variety.  All are looking just about ready to be picked for storage.

Whilst Googling. I found that the RHS have a butternuit squash trial, results here.  My varieties don't feature though.


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Post by freebird on 11th September 2018, 2:39 pm

I've finished harvesting squash now. Disappointed with the yield, ending up with 8 squashes off 5 plants. Mostly Uchiki Kuri, but a couple of Winter Dumpling from the seed swap.

Runner beans coming good now in this cooler weather, along with autumn raspberries and everbearer strawberries. From the greenhouse, chillies, peppers and a few later tomatoes.
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Post by Chilli-head on 12th September 2018, 3:58 pm

Some radishes it seems like I only just sowed are ready now. I'm having another go at Chinese cabbage, which I rather like, but so do the slugs. Maybe the dry summer might have reduced their numbers ?
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Post by Dandelion on 12th September 2018, 4:41 pm

I've finally managed to sort out the collapsed trellis with large blackberry plant attached - I've ditched the trellis (it will make good kindling but was useless as trellis!). In sorting it out and training the new blackberry growth for next year, I decided to dig up a gooseberry bush which was getting in the way and made it harder to pick the blackberries. I had been putting off removing it, as I brought it from our old house 16 years ago: it had grown from a cutting which had a bit of root attached when I took it, and has given us a lot of fruit over the years.However this year it all went to waste as it was in a position where I just couldn't bend down to pick the berries. So I will possibly plant another one next year in a more accessible place. Our freezer is a bit empty of fruit this year, as the rhubarb was affected by the heat, and was quite inedible.

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Post by Ploshkin on 12th September 2018, 9:34 pm

I picked damsons today. My courgette plant hasn't slowed down at all - I get 3 - 5 off it every day. I'm using cabbages and beans from the garden. Strawberries are coming to an end now and tomatoes seem to be on a break from ripening.
Any suggestions for what to do with dozens of sweet red peppers?
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Post by Chilli-head on 12th September 2018, 10:06 pm

Ploshkin wrote:
Any suggestions for what to do with dozens of sweet red peppers?
Madhur Jaffery's Chicken in a red pepper sauce - this particular recipe is already online to save me typing, and appears to be the same as the one in my BBC book.
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Post by Ploshkin on 13th September 2018, 11:48 am

Thank you for that one Chilli Head, it didn't come up on my search for red pepper recipes. Actually I have an old Madhur Jaffrey book and it is in there. It sounds like a good one for making up just the sauce to freeze too.
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Post by freebird on 13th September 2018, 12:39 pm

I have a lovely recipe for tomato relish. Don't be fooled by the name - it uses only 1lb tomatoes but 5 good-sized red peppers. Let me know if you are interested.
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Post by Ploshkin on 13th September 2018, 12:58 pm

Yes please Freebird, if it's one that keeps. I find a lot of relish recipes are 'use within x weeks'
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Post by Chilli-head on 13th September 2018, 1:05 pm

Actually, blackened, peeled and blended peppers make as good a base for a sauce as tomatoes, and certainly nice for a change. Mexican mole is another possibility; I make my chilli for taco filling using a pepper based sauce. And variations on mole.

Now I am puzzled as to why one of Ploshkin's posts above is appearing to me on a darker than normal green background ?
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Post by Dandelion on 13th September 2018, 7:54 pm

It looks very green to me too. Is it because Ploshkin's much greener than the rest of us???

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Post by FloBear on 16th September 2018, 12:57 pm

It's green on my computer too. Oo-er

I harvested my first butternut squash today. I have no idea what it will be like but it's been squash-coloured for weeks so I thought it worth a punt.

Also pulled off two of the mini corn cobs which I will investigate shortly.
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Post by Chilli-head on 20th September 2018, 11:10 am

I hope your gardens are surviving the winds we've been having. I was woken in the night by the loud crash of a big terracotta pot smashing - fortunately it was one already frost damaged. I haven't braved going for a look at the allotment yet.

I'm hoping some wood chip will have arrived at the lotty from my local tree surgeon - it helps keep the paths a lot nicer to walk on over winter.
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Post by FloBear on 20th September 2018, 2:44 pm

Winds here are unpleasant but not as extreme as many other parts of the country.
Still no rain.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st September 2018, 10:10 pm

The winds have been fierce here and we had torrential rain last night, but when driving to Hereford this morning we didn't see the debris we had expected. One or two branches down but nothing too dramatic

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