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Has anyone grown...

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:18

To  Daisy Cottage, I have frozen them too  and used them in fruit crumbles . I thaw them out first as they hold a lot of water. I use the remaining fruit after  I have strained them . 

But I also add a little sugar to them and use as stewed fruit too. This way the juice doesnt get wasted!- they go well with soaked apricots. But its all about experimenting !

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:02

Hi  I must first apologise  for not getting back to you . I do end up getting them from several differant companies. This year I got them from Suttons,  I had them from Thompson and Morgan  2010  and there was sufficient to last several years. But the amount does vary . Sometimes I save my own seed because I cannot always drop on the purple ones. Next year I will put it in this forum which companies have them to offer.

sorry once agaion for the delay.

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 17:45

Right now I cannot tell you the exact company as I deal with at least halk a dozen . But I will check through them and get back to you shortly. Wont be long.

Time to bring in pumpkins ?

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 10:49

With the funny weather we have had I'm wondering what to do with the squash etc ,  How are others harvesting this year?

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 13:43

Good , i'm sure you will enjoy them, leave them on the plant long as you can take them off when the husks are papery.Give them a reguler feed of tomato food too .

Try the tomatillo too these are of the same family but a lot sturdier- they still need staking. when they are ready they split the outer casing and are a bit sticky .wash this off. they get to golf ball size. They are used in fruit salads and also a mexican dish  as a main meal . Sorry I can't remember what it is called but if you google it in I'm sure you can pull it up.

Squash or Gourds ?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 09:55

Mine  are definatly the T/M  fruits and in that case I shall not be serving them up.I am relieved that I queeried them or this could have been a differant deadly lesson . Thankyou to  Dovefromabove and to Hollie Hock for your help.At least I have found out how to upload my photo's!

Squash or Gourds ?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 00:23

Thank you Hollie-Hock I will copy this out for the next time.

I have already found out the answer to my question . These fruits are gourds  'Crown of thornes ' I am now trying to find out who they are from . As  far as I know I havent bought any gourd seed. I am sure the packet was bought as butternut squash. 

Has anyone grown...

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 23:29

I have grown these for several years and have usualy Harvested a good crop I find the best way is  growing  them as outside tomato's    but in the ground and not pots as it was first suggested to me.

Sow the seed inside ,same as tomato's ( germination is not long). prick out etc . I plant out when weather is warming up and after all signs of a frost . (  I  live in s. yorkshire , I plant out from June onwards )  .Stake the plants well for support. They get thick branchlike stems but snap easily, A beautiful yellow flower turns into a cherry type fruit with a papery  calyx . Similar to chinese lanterns.But dont get them mixed up . The fruits  last a long time when picked and are good for jams and pies. a friend  of mine dipps the berry in melted choc for christmas tasties! They are good to eat fresh too!

Sadly this year there has not been enough sun so I have had a failed crop .

Another unusual fruit / veg ? to grow is the Tomatillo. These grow the same , you can get a purple one too. Raw they are a refreshing fruit and taste a bit like rubarb but not sour  or dry .

Hope this helps. 


Squash or Gourds ?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 22:56

Hi  Dovefromabove I have downloaded some photo's on to my laptop into 'my pictures'

section . But where do I go from here, can you help please- ?

Ive never sent a photo email either so I'm  a bit stuck right now.

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 21:42

The ones I put in first have done well  Pink Banana  squash  , though some have grown into rugby shapes for some odd reason .Crown  Prince too has done well.But  what I put in later were the butternut squash and courgetts. I  havent had any butternut squash or the courgettes. But I got some funny looking things which I do not remember planting and they look more like Gourds. So I don't like to serve them up for lunch before I have checked them out. Im hoping to still photograph them and get a picture to put on the forum .Maybe some one can identify them for me .

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