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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:06 am 
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The last of the brussels need picking as the wet weather is making them manky.
we’ve had so many that every neighbour has had a feast to, same for the savoys and curly kale.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:32 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:39 am 
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With the mild winter, we still have kale and sprouts, but also parsnips, swede, leeks and cabbage. Dug the last of the "new" carrots last week - sown in August. Still have the purple spouting broccoli to go - and then it should be the asparagus season.

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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Well done Papi, it's always nice to share a crop !

We finished our cabbages and I still had kale but it didn't get eaten and has gone to seed, which is a bit annoying but I wasn't there to harvest it and slip it discreetly into our meals. 8-|

However, I've harvested the first of our asparagus, which, like all firsts of anything from the garden was delish !

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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Well done all of you - very little here as we didn't garden much last year due to various health problems.
But this morning found some onions sprouting, which we had forgotten about. And some beetroot.
Just given up battling with the siton mower - it cuts out when you engage the blades. I did manage to cut one section though, maybe it's tired now, needs a rest (like us.) 9 years old.
The small petrol mower is still going strong after 13 years (fingers crossed), but not easy to mow about 3000 sq m of meadow grass with it.


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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:38 pm 
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Well done with such yummy looking veg ! No veg patch here yet. We've only just moved in and the soil is very different. We need to find out what grows well in sandy, marais soil. Same goes for planting shrubs : it's a question of seeing what grows well in the immediate area.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:18 am 
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Blaze wrote:
Well done with such yummy looking veg ! No veg patch here yet. We've only just moved in and the soil is very different. We need to find out what grows well in sandy, marais soil. Same goes for planting shrubs : it's a question of seeing what grows well in the immediate area.

Blaze.

In my experience your sandy soil will grow anything, but it will be very hungry,needing lots of fym.
Oh no I'm not envious oh no no no, with our heavy clay soil which one can only work on about three days a year, it'll take a few years of compost, old fym and grit and old lime mortar from a pigsty which I'm taking down to get all the 200 sq meters of it, how I'd like it.

One trouble I have is that about 50 meters up the slope there was a cattle yard for ages and the urine/manure ran down in the soil result---- far too rich, parsnips, beetroot’s and carrots just branch out.

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:22 am 
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But look at the super sprouts your soil produces - no blowing, no staking, no club root, better water retention - clay soils do have advantages (having gardened on heavy Suffolk clay).

You are right - compost and fym improve both sandy and clay soils - but as you discovered, not in same year as growing root veg!

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:51 am 
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I have been growing different sorts of broccoli for many years and have four this year but its the first time for romanesco, grown in Italy since the 16c
not only good to look at but tasty with it, as with all broccoli all it needs is a gentile steaming and served al denti, good also tossed into a stir fry at the last moment.


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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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Mmmm ! Yes, they're delicious in a stir fry.


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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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I love that caulioccoli stuff!!

How easy is it to grow asperge? I miss it all year then gorge on it when I can find it fresh and avoid looking at the price label :lol:

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I love that caulioccoli stuff!!

How easy is it to grow asperge? I miss it all year then gorge on it when I can find it fresh and avoid looking at the price label :lol:

You need a light sandy soil. Otherwise forget it, suppose if you make up a raised bed as is the trend now.

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Sand I can do!! :lol:
Does it matter if it's salty?

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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Up to a point no. Asparagus was originally a shore side plant. It tolerates (some say even benefits from) a little salt.

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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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Why not make some raised beds? all my veg are grown in raised beds, they are 2x2 three of them are 800mm high and three are 400mm high, its easy to plant, weed and harvest, easy to rotate and easy to change the growing medium, ie for carrots a light, stone free soil is needed so when I put them in I just make a couple of trenches and fill with sandy soil that I have put through a riddle, riddling is the hard bit, I have grown some early pots, so no veg off the menu.


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We've just dug up the last of our spuds. They've kept really well as our soil is sandy and drains well (in spite of a fair amount of the wet stuff recently). The stored ones are fine in a dark cave though one tray was discovered by something (no droppings to identify it) because I left it on the ground. Once up high, no more beasties.


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 Post subject: Re: winter produce
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There is an abundance of wild asparagus up on the dunes but it's all protected fragile territory, I know some people go there but it's not really the correct thing to do. I guess the rabbits will enjoy the treats!

Thanks Spectrum - I'll look into doing that.

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