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collecting and storing seeds

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 08:41

Good advice from Welshonion. The vast majority - or just about all - of domestic sweetcorn and beetroot are hybrid varieties that won't produce true to type. Bought seeds will last a good few years, stick with them for best results.


Posted: 27/10/2012 at 09:20

Pumpkin and squash need pretty decent spells of warm weather in the mid-20s at least. How long they take to maturity depends on the variety, obviously, but even the smaller ones need around 90 days.


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 09:53

Celeriac needs plenty of warmth as well as water. It's hard to develop bulbs in cooler climates. I had the opposite problem here in central Italy. Just too dang hot.

Fothy, you can harvest when you get a bulb of worthwhile size, and size will depend on the temperatures you get.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 07:28

To get botanical for a bit, what are commonly called passionfruit vines and passion flower vines are related. The genus is Passiflora, commonly called Passion Flower, and there are goodness knows how many species, one of which is the delicious passionfruit. 

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 10:39

It won't hurt but the most important thing for the next few months is warmth and light.

Talkback: Storing carrots

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 09:08

I've stored them layered in a box with ever-so-slightly damp sand or soil. The key is not to let them dry out. I was also told not to wash them before storage.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 07:26

No, quirkyboy has a passion fruit. Passion flower is a lovely flowering vine. I had to dig mine out in the end because it was invasive, taking over the entire property.

quirkyboy, they're growable from saved seed but if the parent fruit is a hybrid variety the result might not be true to type. I think all you can do is give them as much warmth and light as possible and hope for the best.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:00

M&S? Did you buy seed or save seed from fresh passion fruit?

The same thing happens to your tom plants? The symptoms sound like a lack of warmth and bright light. Anything you can do to boost both will help. Get hold of some lightweight plastic and erect a canopy over them. Tuck the sides under the tray and use empty bottles - or whatever - to tent the plastic clear of the plants.

What mix are you using in the pots?

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 09:12

They don't look too bad to me apart from a couple of yellow-ish leaves. Bear in mind they're a tropical/sub-tropical plant and need serious warmth. They're always a challenge in a cooler climate. What's the variety?

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 07:25
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

and am now looking for a recipe to do a yellow relish.       



Zoomer, here's my recipe for relish. I grow a yellow French heirloom variety called Jaune Negib 'specially for it but it works for toms of any colour.

Per roughly 2kg of toms:

The toms, coarsely chopped. I leave the skins on for texture.

A couple of cups of chopped onions.

Ditto seeded and cored capsicums.

Combine the chopped veg in a baking dish or similar large enough to spread out the veg. Salt well, stir well, cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight.

Next day, drain off the liquid the veg has shed. Put them into a pot, add enough malt vinegar just to cover them. Bring to the boil and simmer till the onion and capsicum are cooked.

Add 400g sugar and simmer, stirring, till it dissolves. Add 1 tbsp of salt and spices of your choice. I use 1 tbsp of curry powder, 1 tbsp mustard powder, a dash of tumeric and some cayenne powder.

Simmer till it reduces to the consistency you want, then taste and adjust seasonings if need be.

Then bottle in sterilised jars.

It's good stuff.


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