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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,759

    I tried yellow beetroot once but we found them too earthy and prefer the sweeter red ones.   Have grown and loved cavolo nero but it doesn't cope with our usual winters so gets zapped.   When I started our veggie plot I made a whole asparagus bed but it never came to anything cos of the winters.  Ditto globe artichokes.

    Jerusalem artichokes do well but Chinese artichokes are a waste of time.   Grew asparagus peas years ago - just the once.  I grew parsnips once but they liked the conditions so much they grew huge whereas we like them smaller and juicier.  

    Radicchio does well and so do assorted Chinese greens.   Mizuna was horrible - tough and bitter.

    We love purple sprouing but need a mild winter to get a good crop here and those are rather rare.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    It shouldnt really matter now and again, it just may have put higher demands on the ground for that particular set of nutrients, but you are probably correct, with too much nitrogen, although it could also have been one of those things, some times its just a dodgy batch image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Edd, i dont have a clue what it tastes like, but will have a bash, like you say, it has pretty flowers image

    If my OH ever builds the raised bed i was promised, i will make it into a hot bed and have another go at sweet spuds and melons image
  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I once grew gherkins outside, huge crop, nothing wrong with them at all but at the end of the season how many pickled gherkins can two people eat ? image

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ive made that mistake too KEF image
  •   psb is a great crop for our winters.  if you choose the right variety then its the cold weather that leads to the production of the purple spears.  all the varieties from tozers can be found in small pack sizes on the net. I use summer purple, red spear, red arrow and cardinal and this covers October until may. image

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ive grown a few plants of ps this year, i like it swimming in butter which kind of defeats the point of growing nice healthy things! image
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,759

    Greg S - great looking selection but they won't do in my normal winters of -15C if I'm lucky and more usually -20C and below in Jan and Feb.  I did try it again last year with - ever the optimist - and had a great crop this spring because it was a mild winter but I'd need a polytunnel for normal years.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hugh2Hugh2 Posts: 1

    I'm told the trick with scorzonera is to grow it in rich sandy soil in a tub.  When the time comes to harvest it (preferably after a frost), you tip out the contents onto a sheet of plastic, when it's easy to separate roots from soil.

    All well and good -- if only the seeds would germinate, and the seedlings not damp off.  Can anyone tell the secret of getting scorzonera to grow at all?


  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800 OH eats loads of pickled gherkins!!! I'm going to try them next year.

    I am debating whether to not grow Brussels sprouts again, I don't think I'll have any for Christmas. Third time if trying and potentially thud time of failing image

    Also Aubergines, taking over my GH with lots of leaves and a few pretty lilac flowers, but that's it, I'd heard (after I'd sown the seed) that they were hard to get any fruit from so at least I know it's not just me!! 

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