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Vegetable Garden / Re: Breeding Project: Improved Spaghetti Squash
« Last post by Troppo on November 24, 2017, 10:59:38 AM »
So I decided to cut a few of the more ripe ones open. Ended up with one cream, one white and one orange flesh!  :42: I was pretty happy to find an orange fleshed one. Cooked up a few pieces of each and that's when my happiness turned to disappointment... the orange fleshed one doesn't have spaghetti flesh... more like a stringy mushy pumpkin than the spaghetti flesh I was after  ^^11^^ The middle one though, whilst not orange fleshed has nice size and was from a nice vigorous plant and have great flavour. The large oblong orange one on the right had ok flavour but didnt have the tough skin so I dont think it would be good for storage/longevity.

I still have 8 that will need to be harvested and another 4 that will finish curing soon, so i remain hopeful that there is still that illusive orange fleshed spaghetti squash somewhere in the remaining F2s.

If not, I'll have to decide what to do. I have a couple of scenarios:

1. Cross these first 2 squash together (middle yellow with the round orange) as they both have the traits I'm after.
2. Backcross the yellow one to Winter Luxury and Backcross the round orange to the original Spaghetti
Vegetable Garden / Re: Hulless Pumpkins
« Last post by bulborum on November 24, 2017, 10:04:28 AM »
The bad news is that the compact one posted as first post wasn't hulless  ^^11^^
Good news is that unless the horrible very dry summer I harvested 60+ hulless pumpkins
Total 4+ kilo dried seeds
Plenty for the coming year salads  %$%

Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you harvest today ... 2017
« Last post by bulborum on November 24, 2017, 09:54:57 AM »
Cold weather here in Normandy
Brought in the Saffron corms so the flowers would open for harvesting
Next pictures are picking the flowers collecting the saffron and the drying
One day work for just 5 gram  $##@

Vegetable Garden / Re: Broad beans re shooting
« Last post by bender on November 24, 2017, 09:06:49 AM »
Yes they do reshoot from the base. I have never got another crop though as the temperature is always too hot

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Vegetable Garden / Broad beans re shooting
« Last post by gardenaholic on November 24, 2017, 08:51:01 AM »
I have just picked all my broad beans. I was going to pull the out but have read that they can re shoot if cut back. Has anyone tried this and does it work.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Grub on November 23, 2017, 01:21:50 PM »
Direct sowed hot wax capsicums in two 19L pots, even though it's late in the season I think they'll be okay, if not I'll buy some mature new varieties from the local nursery to replace them. Repotted the kale and planted out two pots of buk choy in a morning sun spot, seeing if either of these new varieties can grow in warm weather. And with that, my courtyard (and balcony) are at capacity! Every single pot I own (except one potato grow bag) is currently planted out - estimated ~70 of assorted sizes.
Vegetable Garden / Re: Growing beetroot.
« Last post by pinefamily on November 22, 2017, 01:49:35 PM »
Interesting. I will try this with my next crop of beetroot. It grows very well here, so much so that so called baby beets grew to cricket ball size or bigger on a couple of occasions.
Vegetable Garden / Re: Growing beetroot.
« Last post by Templeton on November 22, 2017, 09:01:45 AM »
I'm waiting for seed from my mass cross project - will probably sow in autumn. I've only tried them a few times, and had some success, so its probably a good crop for here.
Vegetable Garden / Re: Growing beetroot.
« Last post by Raymondo on November 22, 2017, 06:52:39 AM »
I am trying something different this year how I grow beetroot. I was listening a podcast about growing onions, and the suggestion was to grow them from seed in sets of three and then plant out and this allows the bulb to form outwards which I will try next year.  So I thought I would try this with beetroot as I am no good at thinning, so I started some in punnets and transplanted, and then grown the rest as seed sown groups into the ground. So far they have all come up and looking good.  Hoping for a good crop this year.

Snap! I’m also growing beetroot in mini-clumps. So far I’m very happy with the results though I haven’t harvested any yet.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Raymondo on November 22, 2017, 06:49:45 AM »
Ray, I got a piece of downpipe which I cut into 4 inch sections put copper tape around and plant out all my beans, peas, cucumbers, zucs, pumpkins into these until they get bigger, no more slug and snail problem, just have to find a solution to those dam black milliped like insects.

I love your beans, didnt know any of the varieties, liked that some were heat tolerant (love google), which are climbing vs bush. Do any of them have speckled bean seeds love those type.

I use tin cans for seedlings so I should try putting them over newly sown beans. Only three of the beans are climbers: Haricot de Tarbes (aka Le Tarbais), Rattlesnake and Trionfo violetto. The others are either bush or semi-bush types. Most are dry beans that I’m growing just to freshen seed. The three ‘crop’ varieties are Rattlesnake (my favourite fresh eating bean), Haricot de Tarbes (large, flat white bean) and Great Northern (a smallish flat white bean). It’s been a very cool spring with single digit night temperatures so I’m holding off more bean sowing until December and hopefully warmer nights.
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