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by Odsox
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 3053

Re: What are you growing right now?

Sub Arctic Plenty. Anybody had any experience with that? Yes I've grown them a few times I take notes of all the tomatoes I've ever grown and my notes for S.A.Plenty are; "Later than Stupice, ripe fruit in 147 days, nice size, reasonable taste but less acid" That 147 days is from sowing to 1st ripe...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 3053

Re: What are you growing right now?

Things that I'm growing right now and harvesting. I still have several parsnips and quite a few leeks still, plus my sprout plants are still there for harvesting "sprout tops" and then spring greens, plus a row of turnip greens (grown specifically for greens) We've eaten nearly all the overwintering...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 3053

Re: What are you growing right now?

Green Aura wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:05 pm
no insects to pollinate it though.
Pollinate by hand.
As I grow courgettes and squash in the tunnels, and I have mesh barriers on the doors, if I didn't pollinate by hand I wouldn't get any fruit at all.
The barriers are to keep butterflies and moths out, not bees.
by Odsox
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

I will say that I have a problem with the temperatures though. Everything is far too forward, my mirabelle plum is in bloom and my nectarine is just about to flower as are the cherry trees. I assume that it's probably the same in the south east of England fruit growing area, so I really hope for the...
by Odsox
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

Not a problem here, although it rarely is.
I irrigated both of my tunnels yesterday which used roughly 700 litres of water from my storage tanks.
This morning the tanks are full again.
by Odsox
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: Hello from South Africa

Welcome to our forum Tbird, nice to meet you :wave:
Good luck with your plans, one thing's for sure you can't beat freshly harvested fruit and vegetables.
by Odsox
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

Carrying on from Doofa's idea, what's wrong with a cheap shed, maybe even with no door, just to sit in when a shower comes along?
Just a small shed, nothing stored in it, serving as shelter and rainwater harvesting.
by Odsox
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: anything strange?
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: anything strange?

Hiya Doofa, nice to see you again, where you bin? :wave:
by Odsox
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Second flowering of peppers.
Replies: 10
Views: 1094

Re: Second flowering of peppers.

...and grow a pot or two of tomatoes, they're a doddle on a south(ish) facing windowsill.
by Odsox
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 22
Views: 4711

Re: Mattresses

These people who find second hand mattresses objectionable, I wonder what they would think of feather mattresses? I spent the first 8 years of my life sleeping in a feather bed, which was replenished every now and again when a few chicken were slaughtered. I loved it as you could snuggle down in a h...
by Odsox
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 982

Re: Tidying up with ...

I'm firmly in the camp of "it will come in useful one day", and so I keep nearly everything that could have a use, or could be used to repair something else. Last year we had a skip in and I foolishly threw a lot of stuff, just so my wife could get her car in the garage, and at least twice since I h...
by Odsox
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: F1 or open pollinated?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: F1 or open pollinated?

I always thought that carrot fly was attracted to carrots by smell, and parsnips smell nothing like carrots. But that could be an old wive's tale as well ... not that I'm suggesting that you're an old wife, Flo. :iconbiggrin: On the other hand there was a very large vine weevil grub buried in the mi...
by Odsox
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: F1 or open pollinated?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: F1 or open pollinated?

Good theory Flo, except I am growing Guernsey parsnips next to Countess F1 parsnips and the Countess are canker free (and a better texture and flavour)
by Odsox
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: F1 or open pollinated?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

F1 or open pollinated?

Years ago before F1 seeds were commonly available I always had problems with my sprout plants. I only needed about 6 plants and every year some of those plants had problems, stunted growth, open "blown" sprouts with maybe 2 growing into useful productive plants. Then Peer Gynt F1 appeared in seed ca...
by Odsox
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Christmas Tomatoes
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Re: Christmas Tomatoes

That sounds like the Tiny Tim tomatoes I grew when I first started trying to grow all year round tomatoes. They are indeed a bit on the small side, marble sized here, but did behave and made a tidy bush in a small flower pot. Coincidentally I have just started another batch of tomatoes, destined to ...