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Vegetable Garden / Re: Growing beetroot.
« Last post by Grub on November 20, 2017, 12:31:57 PM »
The biggest beets I ever got were ones that were planted in autumn and overwintered and had started to bolt mid spring after putting on a lot of growth early spring. I was expecting them to be woody because they had started to bolt, but weren't - just huge (softball sized).
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Vegetable Garden / Re: Breeding Project: Improved Spaghetti Squash
« Last post by Troppo on November 20, 2017, 09:43:46 AM »
Looking good troppo. Are things moving in the direction you want?

Hi Ray, I would say things are moving (slowly) in roughly the direction that I want. I've already noted F2 plants with greater vigor and PM tolerance over the original 'vegetable spaghetti' variety and the fruit also look more appealing (more eye catching) with their skin colours and patterns. I'm not to worried about fruit size at this stage as it can be controlled through increasing plant densities. Hopefully I find that orange fleshed one I'm after. If not I may have to pick the best F2/3 plant and backcross to Winter Luxury. If only C.pepo varieties had that deep orange colour that C.moschata have. Maybe I could try an interspecies cross?

One of the mid season fruits that I have yet to photograph and harvest is kinda shaped like a butternut, kind of bell/pear shaped like it has been squeezed in the middle.
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Vegetable Garden / Growing beetroot.
« Last post by gardenaholic on November 20, 2017, 08:32:04 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.
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by gardenaholic on November 20, 2017, 08:26:03 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.
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Raymondo on November 20, 2017, 07:55:36 AM »
Potatoes sown so far - Burgundy Blush, Dutch Cream, Nicola and Sebago. Another batch of Nicola will be planted in about two weeks. Sowing beans too ... so far Great Northern, Haricot de Tarbes, Hopi Black, Jade, Mojave, Provider, Rattlesnake, Simba and Trionfo violetto. Slugs and slaters are making life hard for the newly emerged beans.
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by pinefamily on November 20, 2017, 07:49:27 AM »
Swap you family of rabbits & hares for one bearded dragon!

I'll take them a nd add them to our breeding stocks, lol.
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Vegetable Garden / Re: Breeding Project: Improved Spaghetti Squash
« Last post by Raymondo on November 20, 2017, 07:42:17 AM »
Looking good troppo. Are things moving in the direction you want?
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Troppo on November 19, 2017, 09:12:13 PM »
Swap you family of rabbits & hares for one bearded dragon!

I’ll take them off your hands.. love me some roast rabbit and hare stew
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by MurrayTart on November 19, 2017, 09:02:51 PM »
Swap you family of rabbits & hares for one bearded dragon!
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by pinefamily on November 19, 2017, 06:53:34 PM »
I keep forgetting to put up what I've planted.  888**
I have had to re-sow seeds in a new bed I've established for summer. Apparently it's a popular hangout for our resident wild bearded dragon.
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