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Post by freebird 18th July 2021, 12:35 pm

I've been picking ripe tomatoes for about 4 weeks now, thanks to my overwintered plants initially. However, they're not coming in great quantities - just a couple most days now.

Nice lot of broad beans from the allotment last night, and some peas which we will have with dinner tonight. Also courgettes from the lottie. French beans from the garden, strawberries, raspberries, first gooseberries and first blueberries.

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Post by FloBear 19th July 2021, 10:15 am

Oh. I've put it on the July garden fred What are you harvesting today? - Page 24 1f615
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Post by Ploshkin 19th July 2021, 1:30 pm

Please remind me not to put 10 Mr Fearns seeds in the polytunnel next year! I've picked about 5 lbs of beans so far and they're not slowing down.
I picked 18 gooseberries which is 15 more than I thought there were. They were little cuttings last year that I am growing as cordons.
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Post by Dandelion 20th July 2021, 11:06 am

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Picking peas on a cloudless morning - something to remember when it's cold and grey in the winter!

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Post by freebird 22nd July 2021, 1:15 pm

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Post by Ploshkin 22nd July 2021, 4:48 pm

Gosh, Freebird, you must have more sun than me. My blueberries aren't even thinking about changing colour and the tomatoes are really slow. I haven't had enough for a salad yet.
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Post by Florence 22nd July 2021, 7:00 pm

Courgettes anyone? Not sure how much more they will do as the weather seems to have knocked them back with mildew and heat. Think that we've defeated the raspberries at last - taken 2 households. Pease eaten or frozen and broad beans well on the way to the same. About to settle down to getting brassicas and leeks in place if the heat/brazen sun will allow.
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Post by freebird 22nd July 2021, 11:26 pm

Ploshkin wrote:Gosh, Freebird, you must have more sun than me.  My blueberries aren't even thinking about changing colour and the tomatoes are really slow.  I haven't had enough for a salad yet.

Not only does the garden get sun virtually all day, it is south-sloping too. I think both those factors go a considerable way to mitigating the altitude disadvantages.
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Post by Ploshkin 4th August 2021, 8:49 am

I had my first blueberries - thanks to the fruit cage I didn't have to compete with the birds for them Ditto the blackcurrants. I filled a 2 litre container with those. The bush was a self seeded one from my huge bush that I had to dig up to make space for the cage. I also had a handful of redcurrants - that one is still a twig.
First, lovely, sweet cob of sweetcorn from the tunnel too.
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Post by Florence 4th August 2021, 9:42 am

I've just been out and cleared a patch of very pretty purple poppies - have collected enough seeds for 2 gardens so cleared the space of the died back stems.
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Post by Dandelion 6th August 2021, 10:30 pm

The tomatoes are getting going - Golden Sunrise isn't too bad after some early blossom end rot, Sweet Millions are tasty (but there aren't really enough to justify calling them millions!!). Those are in the greenhouse. I'm watching the outdoor toms like a hawk for blight - I've picked off a few suspect fruits and leaves: the rest look healthy enough but they will get a daily inspection.

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Post by Florence 7th August 2021, 9:10 am

Rainwater at the moment.
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Post by Chilli-head 7th August 2021, 2:52 pm

Well I did manage to find a cabbage, some broccoli and a few potatoes at the allotment.

Could do with a bit of rain here to water in a few things. I planted out my leek seedlings; they look a bit pathetic but may as well have a chance, the space isn't needed for anything else.
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Post by Dandelion 7th August 2021, 3:19 pm

Please have some of our rain - you're very welcome!

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Post by Florence 7th August 2021, 5:08 pm

It hasn't been as heavy as forecast so will take your kind offer Dandelion. We have Kielder Reservoir up top of county but the local water authority is still asking us to reduce our water use as consumption is up 25% due to holidays at home (and the tourists coming to Northumberland).
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Post by Ploshkin 9th August 2021, 10:21 pm

I haven't had any ripe tomatoes for several days. Tonight I picked one measly Sungold.
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Post by freebird 10th August 2021, 8:26 am

No shortage of tomatoes here, though a fair bit of blossom end rot on Rose de Berne. I've found that another yellow tomato, Honeybee, performs better than Sungold - first to ripen, sets lots of fruit and slightly bigger tomatoes that just keep coming. Sungold has been a bit patchy, though the fruits are sweeter than Honeybee.

Cucumbers stopped for a while, but another three developing now. Seem to have been waiting an age for chillies to ripen. There will be lots, once they get going. Have harvested one so far.

Mr Fearns giving an odd couple of beans most days. Still picking blueberries - the earliest bush, Patriot, is pretty much finished, and about halfway through the next (forget the name .... something traube?), but barely started on Bluecrop. And the autumn raspberries just, only just, starting - mostly still flower buds yet to open.

Finally, some finger carrots which are delicious, and red spring onions.
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Post by Ploshkin 10th August 2021, 9:03 am

I have one called Honeycomb which is supposed to be better than Sungold. It didn't like the very hot weather and very little fruit set but better when it cooled down a bit. I've got huge crops on the Ailsa Craig but they just won't ripen. Same with the melons. I've got loads but nothing ripening.
Mice have been picking off my green chillies - I've had 2 in traps.
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Post by Dandelion 15th August 2021, 4:28 pm

Similar here - the autumn rasps are just beginning, the tomatoes in the greenhouse are pretty measly while the outdoor ones are getting blight before they can ripen (but with dogged determination I just keep removing the blighty ones in the hope that we will eventually get something worth eating!). Kew Blue climbing French beans are doing very well - we're beginning to look like beans! (Mr D doesn't know that the runner beans are just getting underway, and there are some late planted Mr Fearns to see us through the early autumn. Hope he doesn't get fed up and leave home!!)

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Post by Dandelion 15th August 2021, 4:29 pm

Thanks for the heads-up about Honeybee tomatoes CH - I'll look those ones up. I've found Golden Sunrise to be quite unreliable.

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Post by Chilli-head 15th August 2021, 8:03 pm

I don't think that was me. But I'm not greatly impressed with sungold - I prefer yellow perfection. I don't like them too sweet, need the acid to balance too.

My tomato glut is over, and I'm now waiting for more to ripen. Bu we did have a BBQ tonight with homegrown padron peppers, Hungarian wax, courgettes and Anya potatoes. And a whole cajun spiced chicken - not homegrown !
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Post by Dandelion 29th August 2021, 4:07 pm

Dandelion wrote:Thanks for the heads-up about Honeybee tomatoes CH  - I'll look those ones up. I've found Golden Sunrise to be quite unreliable.

Sorry, no that was Freebird (I think it must have been late at night, and I wasn't concentrating!)

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Post by Dandelion 29th August 2021, 4:10 pm

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A Turk's Turban squash from the garden. I'll be cutting it up in my camp kitchen later to add to roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

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Post by Florence 29th August 2021, 5:25 pm

I'm harvesting plums and compost - well turning the contents of the compost bins which are almost ready to use.
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Post by Chilli-head 29th August 2021, 9:56 pm

I spent Saturday afternoon dealing with apples and pears - the damaged ones that would not store. I poached the pear with root ginger and sugar syrup - it smelled divine - then froze it to turn into a pudding sometime.

Also harvesting cabbage, broccoli, courgettes, tomatoes and chillies. Not a lot else though. Raspberries look promising.
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Post by freebird 29th August 2021, 10:02 pm

Finished lifting onions, which are drying in the greenhouse. Courgettes from both allotment and garden, autumn carrots from allotment, from the garden blueberries (nearly finished now), blackberries (first ever) loose leaf lettuce, french beans and from the greenhouse chillies (daily) tomatoes and cucumbers.

Looking forward to harvesting sweet corn within the week as it's nearly ripe enough now.
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