Nice haul of squash there @oakr!
Toms - to get early toms you have to start eary plus I always grow a few varieties that will fruit and crop early (Red Alert and Sungold). The keep picking the side points out to focus growth on one stem (actually Red Alert are bush toms!). Only once they tall enough do I stop them by pinching the top out - say 4-6 trusses depending on the type. I also have loads of plants, around 50, so I get a decent haul. However they have slowed right down with the cold weather recently…
Nice haul of squash there @oakr!
Thanks Nick - will hopefully have a greenhouse or poly tunnel of sorts next year to give me a head start. Think I need to trim off the tops of the plants to give them a bit more focus now - all the side buts were done (bar when I was away when they seem to have gone crazy with leaf growth).
These were the cucumbers and beans etc - only got about 4 small ones last year, got at least 40 already this year!
Ah - I can see why you didn’t want any more cucs!
Any of the regulars on this thread need another compost bin? Following my foray into hot composting this one is now spare.
Thanks for offering but I am ok myself.
In good news harvested my first Turks Turban Squash
In worse news for me @Cara @Foresthillnick and possibly anyone growing outdoor tomatoes blight appears to have hit all over out allotment- I had it on at least 5 of my plants and I guess the rest will follow soon. One lady has all her plants infested
Not sure if there is anything to do - maybe harvest the green ones and try and ripen inside or make lots of chutney before they get infected also. Anyone have any experience with what to do?
My RHS book of Fruit and Veg gardening suggests a copper based fungicide. It also suggests a more drastic approach which involves deep digging out the whole plant and burning.
It is a complete bugger…
Once you have it there is little you can do and this time of year is favourite.
Preventative spraying with Copper Sulphate (Bordeaux Mixture) was possible but you cant get it now. I actually have some left still but even then I still shouldn’t use it.
There are other copper based fungicides but they really only slow down the disease once you have it…
Green tomato chutney is good though!
I better go and check Deb’s plants later.
I’ll head up and check after work - we have a lot of ground to make up as let the weeds get out of control but was at least happy some tomatoes were still doing ok - maybe not anymore, Oh well at least there’s the potatoes!
@Cara hopefully yours will still be good!
I’ve enquired about getting some chickens and may well proceed with that if I can assure myself that I can get down each morning to feed them and change water etc, which hopefully I will.
Happy to help out with chickens mate - if you need it.
They make great recyclers for veg you don’t want…
Thanks Nick - I’ll give you a shout when I go forwards with it (well if). Certainly be good to have something to do with all these overgrown courgettes!
We had marrow courgettes in a lemon cake today and in spag bols!
I stayed at my cousin’s recently in France and her husband would go into the woods to look for mushrooms. He tried to explain how he knew which ones were good and which not but I think I’d need to go with someone if I was to get any myself.
How do you know it’s good to eat and not a lethal one?
That said, enjoy, nothing better than fresh produce!
This one said “eat me” so I did.
Is anyone doing some allotment building and in need of scrap timber? I have a couple of doors - approx 178 x 48.5 see pic
I would take this to a reclamation yard, they are lovely.
I did ask Dulwich Reclamation in Kirkdale, but they weren’t interested. All sawn up now and taken to the dump.
Does anyone use green manures over autumn \ winter, and if so what? I have some mustard type seeds that are meant to work, and was wondering about using broad beans - I don’t eat them though but could give them away or try them again, then cut down the plants etc. They seem to do a great job of growing quickly and stopping anything else coming through.
I have never used a green manure mainly as my plot always seems to be full even over most of winter.
Broad beans is a good idea but I love them and grow them anyway…