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At the bottom of my sprout plants there are some which are ready, should I pull them off and freeze them now, or leave them on?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887
    If they’re ready you can take them
    now if you want to, and leave the rest to develop. It’s very early .., are they an early variety? 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 423
    Why not eat them fresh, the ones further up the stems will keep on the plants once the cold weather comes. 
  • MikeOxgreenMikeOxgreen Posts: 804
    edited August 2022
    I don't know what variety they are, will have to check if I still have the seed packet, i'm not very organised.
     It's possibly my impatience which is why they are early! I got them going as soon as I could. Of course we've had such good weather since June aside from a bit of a lack of water here and there most things have done well up here.
    There is plenty on and it's only a few right at the bottom which look big enough to pull, not enough for a meal.

    What I mean is, if I leave them on will they get worse in any way? Too big? Get 'loose' or blow?
    There is one already which has formed very loosely as have some of the Spring cabbage, I read it could be wind rock or not enough water.

    It's getting to the time when I've got to find out which stuff can be left in the ground and which needs pulling out is what i'm trying to say.
    I've got some monster Swede and beetroot, but read that size isn't linked to quality much so have left them in for now. As the weather is still good everything is carry on growing.
    If you leave Kohl rabi or cucumber too long for instance it's inedible. I've got some cucumbers which have got so big they have a split down the centre core and are verging on being a bit bitter.
    Sorry for the long explanation, it's got worse as she has had to leave me to look after her parents who are ill and we've run out of freezer space too! I've been handing out goody bags to the neighbours of toms, cucumbers, courgettes and basil plants as i'm finding it difficult to cope, what a problem to have eh! I did intend to give some away to do my friendly neighbour bit, but they must think i'm nuts. A chap came yesterday to buy some other (unrelated) stuff from me and I sold him a kg of toms!

    Anyhow must go, I think i'm going to put an ad in our local FB group, see if the villagers down there are interested in coming up to buy some of this stuff. You never know, it might be the start of something!
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