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Snowball

What are you enjoying from your garden?

Most productive year ever here.
Broad beans very prolific.
Red cabbage.
White cabbage.
Celery.
Aubergine s.
Cucumber glut.
Lots of lettuce types
Radishes
Beetroot
Spring onions
Carrots
Leeks.
4 tomato varieties coming on nicely.
Drawf free beans and courgettes have just stopped stalling and are becoming prolific
Too .any herbs to list.
Oh and apples and crab apples.
Cauliflowers were eaten wholesale, not sure by what.
dpack

herbs, a few leaves,the odd radish, the blackberries have started and the toms will be a while yet as will the onions from seed, they should be starting in a week or two and the succession should go through til winter.
Shan

Re: What are you enjoying from your garden?

Most productive year ever here.
Broad beans very prolific.
Red cabbage.
White cabbage.
Celery.
Aubergine s.
Cucumber glut.
Lots of lettuce types
Radishes
Beetroot
Spring onions
Carrots
Leeks.
4 tomato varieties coming on nicely.
Drawf free beans and courgettes have just stopped stalling and are becoming prolific
Too .any herbs to list.
Oh and apples and crab apples.
Cauliflowers were eaten wholesale, not sure by what.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers starting to ripen, loads of chillis, lettuce, had loads of pak choi, some asparagus, some cherries, waiting for the plums and damsons to ripen.
gregotyn

I don't understand why the red and white cabbages were successful when the cauliflowers were eaten, all are brassicas and usually susceptible to the same flies and caterpillars, I thought-bad thinking on my part?
Anyway well done-how it makes all the hard work seem worth the effort when it all comes right.
Shan

My broccoli always got taken before the cabbages.
gz

A few broad beans, red onions and very nice garlic. Currants and gooseberries all just finished.
Plenty of herbs, and rose petals being dried. Munstead Wood rose is flowering very well this year.
hoping for some assorted lettuce soon.
dpack

in a non food way i have been enjoying the assorted wildlife and the tree project.

3 live grafts of unknown ancient york apples ( one is very odd ) is pretty cool

the biodiversity in a very small and very sterile when i started space i have is a surprise, i have helped it but having hundreds of invertebrate spp is rather nice.

also my better to grow than collect every time rare breeds wildflower thing is going ok. last year was rarebreed dandelions , this year i have a decent amount of small purple vetch seed ( which one is not a priority for me)

my standard grown willow in a bucket is a bit of a beast as well, it needs a good home for a few hundred years, twig from a really awesome one.
anyone need a field draining? imho at least 50 from buildings or services in a damp place would be perfect,

stock from what was a roman bypass, there is a line of em although most are missing running a couple of miles that i can trace along
parent is about ten foot diameter .

at the mo my twig is 12 foot tall ,inch dia stem to 6 foot then then 3 pencils that are side branching and it is in a bucket with a good root system so it can travel at any time of year.

ace if you need a 1000 yr tree, just ask tis yours.

i could snip it down to stem and short 3 tops, use the bits to make more and it could travel more easily but it seems a waste as it is configured to become a serious tree in a few hundred years if it just grows with a bit of polled harvesting

if i want quick i grow radishes Laughing Laughing
Mistress Rose

Have had a few mangetout peas and courgettes. Chard doing very nicely and can pick leaves any time I want now. French and runner beans coming along, potatoes ready to dig, blackberries just starting. The onions are growing well, but I not ready yet. I was rather late getting everything in, but with any luck I will have enough growing season left to get crops.

I have all the cabbages netted at the moment. The heading ones will probably stay that way, but the kale and purple sprouters will probably have to be let out at some time, hopefully when the cabbage whites have reduced a bit.
Shan

Loads of cabbage moths around here. Also loads of Peacock butterflies.
Mistress Rose

I have some cabbage white butterflies on the cabbages that managed to find their way in through the netting, so netting has been rearranged to try to prevent entry. Also as many eggs as possible destroyed but me and a wasp. Found one caterpillar, now an ex-caterpillar.

Managed to dig the second early potatoes yesterday. Not a great yield, but will keep us going for some time, and at least payed for the seed potatoes. Chard and one French bean. The beans are not in the best place as under a hedge, but producing some flower and crop. Another courgette. Everything seems to be growing well, but all went in very late so hoping for crops before the end of the growing season.
sgt.colon

Well so far this season I've harvested garlic, onions, broad beans (lots), peas (lots and lots), beetroot is not too far off being ready. Sprouts and cabbages doing well and should be ready of the Christmas diner table. Carrots still growing but none ready yet. The parsnips didn't make so I'll try again next year. There is one apple still growing, hopefully it will last until eating. Blackberries coming through nicely.

Herbs, none made it this year for some reason.
Snowball

I forgot peppers, chillies and new potatoes.
I have the impression that a small mammal ate the cauliflower. It seemed like rather large bite marks,
Shan

Rabbit or rat? Maybe deer? With the amount of rabbits were are inundated with, I would suspect them!
Mistress Rose

It depends on what is around there. We have virtually no rabbits as they have been wiped out by disease.
dpack

chompski had his first home grown carrot today. small , mishaped and delicious seemed to suit him

although i was very careful about soil consistency it is only 6 " deep but i spose as soon as a root tip hits a surface the tap root carrot bit will branch.

i recon container carrots need big containers or a relaxed attitude to shape.

that one was promising for some comedy carrots Laughing
Mistress Rose

I have a great deal of difficulty with good shaped carrots, so I tend to grow short blunt ones. We had one that I thinned from between two others. Unless the later sown ones come to something think we will have about half a dozen carrots this year, which is more than usual.
Shan

The most success I had was growing them in a long high sided rectangular pot, in the greenhouse.
dpack

seed sown salad onions, slender but both green and white bits are rather nice.

the last batch was birded/moused, middle batch partially birded Embarassed

the blackberries are very close to another pick, if it stays relatively dry and a bit sunny til friday there should be some grade one for dessert use/freezing etc + quite a few cookers
if it is grey and damp we might get some grade 2 for bramble jelly or pastilles

first hint of orange on a tomato, not many set so far though which is a bit of a worry as they have 2 months or so of light to get on with it.
Mistress Rose

My blackberries just carry on, but then they are a rather prolific variety. I cut them right back last winter so there were only about half a dozen stems about 4' long, and I still can't get to the middle of them now.
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