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What Are We All Growing This Year?


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Quite a lot of HPCers seem to be the growing your own veg and hoarding beans for the apocalypse types, so what are you all growing?

I've currently got on the go

Sweetcorn

Peas

Spring onions

Onions

Carrots

Lettuce

Spinach

Rocket

5 different chillies

and

erm...

Beans :ph34r:

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Courgette

Carrot

Ridge cucumber

French/Runner/Dwarf french beans

Tomato - Alicante; Gardener's Delight

Beetroot

Spinach

Various herbs

Onion

Shallot

Leek plants

Spuds in very large pots and in the open

Purple top turnip

Only harvested turnips so far..

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I grew something 'recreational' a few years ago, and was surprised at the ease & quality. Quite satisfying too to know you can enjoy the fruits of your labours with no shady middlemen / hassle.

The courgette's turned out well that year too :)

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Cooking apples

Plums

Pears

Gooseberries

Alpine strawberries

Blackberries (unintentionally, but I've not killed it this year)

All of these came with the house - we're about to move so will miss them, and in fact won't get to eat many of them this year.

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I've got a redcurrant bush but the birds have that every year :( I've also been trying some tomatoes in pots (moneymaker type) but it doesn't see to be getting on very well, I think it might be a bit cool for outside growing up norf.

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We used to grow them OK in Surrey.

Broad beans have been really rubbish this year - lost the first over-wintering lot to snow, the second sowing made a half-arsed effort and have given up.

Last year's autumn-sown onions survived the snow and are now being eaten by me. I had a strawberry today - I mostly get beaten to them by the tortoise who has a height advantage on me as he can see them hiding under the foliage.

The two small cherry trees I planted have been feeding the local blackbird population well this year. At this point the apples look promising but it's early days yet.

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Edible stuff in my garden.

Rhubarb

Gooseberries

Redcurrants

Blackcurrants

Raspberries

Strawberries

Jerusalem Artichokes

Asparagus

Butternut Squash

Peas

Beans

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Sprouts

Leaks

Beetroot

Onions

Garlic

Courgettes

Sweetcorn

Swede

Potatoes

Carrots

Tomatoes

Apples

Pears

Plums

Cherries

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Edible stuff in my garden.

Rhubarb

Gooseberries

Redcurrants

Blackcurrants

Raspberries

Strawberries

Jerusalem Artichokes

Asparagus

Butternut Squash

Peas

Beans

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Sprouts

Leaks

Beetroot

Onions

Garlic

Courgettes

Sweetcorn

Swede

Potatoes

Carrots

Tomatoes

Apples

Pears

Plums

Cherries

Cripes Thod!

Do you have staff to keep on top of all that lot?!

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The two small cherry trees I planted have been feeding the local blackbird population well this year. At this point the apples look promising but it's early days yet.

Am feeding our resident blackbird couple sultanas - they love the orange ones, three at a time, but can take or leave the brown ones. At this stage the mama comes up quite close and I guess she'd take them from the hand eventually. They have pecked the hell out of the lawn searching for worms. Bit troubled by a lurking magpie, who got divebombed by mama and papa a couple of nights ago.

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Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Gooseberries

Redcurrants

Blackcurrants

Cranberries

Goji berries

Kiwi fruit

Rhubarb

Apples

Pears

Potatoes - first earlies and maincrop

Parsnips

Turnips

Beetroot

Leeks

Red and white onions - autumn and spring planted

Leeks

Peas

Garlic

Sweetcorn

Cabbage

Butternut squash

Spring onions

Carrots

Swede

Asparagus

Various herbs

Various salad stuff

Tomatoes - plum, beef cherry and regular

Chillies - several varieties and heat levels

Sweet peppers

Cucumber

Runner beans

Pinto beans

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I've got a redcurrant bush but the birds have that every year :( I've also been trying some tomatoes in pots (moneymaker type) but it doesn't see to be getting on very well, I think it might be a bit cool for outside growing up norf.

I've been growing lots of fruits this year for the first time. I have a whitecurrant bush and am wondering if the birds have been eating the fruit off that although I found the label today which said that they crop between July and August. I've recently bought a netted cage to put over all my strawberries and that has stopped them from eating all the fruit. I've also got lots of hybrid berries underneath it (boysenberry, tayberry, loganberry, alpine strawberries etc). I've also bought a goji berry bush that seems to be growing an inch a day, raspberry canes, wineberry, honeyberry. Not all of it has developed yet and the only thing I have eaten are the strawberries but I thought I would get them sooner rather than later. I've also got other stuff on order.

Also this year I am trying chillies and peppers for the first time. They started slow but I am getting more hopeful that I will get something from them. The tomatoes in the greenhouse that need to be staked aren't doing as well as the ones in hanging baskets outside which will give me loads of cherry tomatoes. They seem particularly abundant this year. Cherry tomatoes make the best pasta sauce but do take ages to condense down.

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Blueberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Gooseberries

Redcurrants

Blackcurrants

Cranberries

Goji berries

Kiwi fruit

Rhubarb

Apples

Pears

Potatoes - first earlies and maincrop

Parsnips

Turnips

Beetroot

Leeks

Red and white onions - autumn and spring planted

Leeks

Peas

Garlic

Sweetcorn

Cabbage

Butternut squash

Spring onions

Carrots

Swede

Asparagus

Various herbs

Various salad stuff

Tomatoes - plum, beef cherry and regular

Chillies - several varieties and heat levels

Sweet peppers

Cucumber

Runner beans

Pinto beans

Respect!

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Incidentally, I'm growing some Charlotte potatoes (first time for potatoes). When's the best time to pick them? I've been told "when the flowers die down", but I've heard contradictory advice :unsure:

We unearth our potatoes when all the green has died on top. You can leave them in a bit longer though if you want to develop the skins for baked potatoes. It's great fun with a pot as you turn it upside down and start digging through the lovely soil that can be used for other crops looking for taters :) Potatoes are great for breaking down freshly composted kitchen waste.

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I've got a redcurrant bush but the birds have that every year :( I've also been trying some tomatoes in pots (moneymaker type) but it doesn't see to be getting on very well, I think it might be a bit cool for outside growing up norf.

My aunt in Sweden grows some lovely tomatoes. Outdoors, up by the side of her house, no namby-pamby greenhouse crap.

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