Madeleine51


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harvesting-butternut-squash

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:56

This year is my first for growing butternut squash.  I have picked up some great advice from Italophile (Thanks Italophile) and others on this board and my squashes are doing really well although I havn't fed them yet which I probably should have done.

The question is, when are they ready for harvest?  I have several that are about 10" long and they are green and stripy coloured.  Do they have to change colour on the vine when they are ready or is that nutty colour one that comes after picking and whilst in storage?

Also, how do I store them and for how long?  I am really looking forward to having my first taste from them.

Unfortunately I have mislaid the seed packed and also neglected to make a note of the variety (a T&M one I think).

Thanks

Butternut squash when to sow seeds

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 23:06

I hadn't heard about squashes rooting themselves Lucky. This year is the first year I have grown them and yes, they are very healthily spreading themselves. They are aboutone and a half metres long.  Surely they would need something very substantial to support the weight of the squashes. Any ideas?  An old pair of tights, one of those red mesh onion bags?

Also despite them spreading well, there doesn't seem to be any flowers yet.  Are they self pollinating or will they need some help.  If so how?

In answer to the original question, I sowed mine at the beginning of May in a heated propogator.

 

Bolting Broccoli

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 22:58

My brocolli started turning to seed and rather than lose the lot, I harvested all the heads (each about 8" across), cut them into little florets and froze them.  I have three large bags of forzen brocolli now.  I had my first taste this evening and they were so sweet and deliiiiiiiiicious!   As long as you put them in boiling water for only a couple of minutes then drain, run through some cold water, drain again and open freeze on trays then bag them up, they should be fine. But it was so frustrating having the lot harvest at the same time.  Next year I shall sow a new succession of brocolli about 4-6 weeks apart so that i have a more continuos crop.

BROCOLLI/CALABRESE

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 14:07

Hi All

I have just harvested my brocolli crop which has matured all at the same time and needed to be frozen rather than refrigerated because there was so much.  My fault for not planting a smaller crop in various successions so as not to get the glut.  They were all about to turn to seed so I had no choice but to freeze.  Shame because prior to this were absolutely deilicious and there is nothing like straight from the garden brocolli. 

Anyway I have got some little calabrese seedlings which are ready to move from a seedbed.  (I have never tried "calabrese" before)   Would it be ok to plant them on the brocolli pitch this season if I were to gently rake in some slow release fertiliser or should they be planted elsewhere?  The alternative is the lettuce plot which (again ) matured all at the same time!!   I could plant them at the allotment but that has only recently been manured and I think I am right in saying it could be too acidic.

Any ideas?  Next year I shall mark my calendar and try to sow seeds in batches.

Cheers

Lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:52

Wow speedy response!

Thank you fidgetbones and rose.  I shall try cuttng back as you recommend and feeding too which sounds a logical thing to do to give the plant more energy.

Thank you

 

Lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:30

Hi Everyone

My lupins have now finished flowering and the blooms look rather brown and sad.  I heard or read somewhere that if you cut them back, you can get a second flush. Is this true and if so, to what extent should they be cut? 

Runner Beans.

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:35

 What's happened to the good old Streamline variety of runner bean this year?  Have they become obsolete? Am now regretting not saving the seed from year to year.  Just goes to show, it makes sense to save favourite varieties of seed in case manufacturers decide to discontinue them

 

Autumn planted onion sets

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:16

Hi All

Last autumn I planted some onion sets at my allotment. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to rake lightly and carefully between the bulbs and add some growmore or some other fertiliser at this time. Any ideas?

 

 

Talkback: How to grow pumpkins

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:10
This year will be my first attempt at growing pumpkins and it this might be a silly question but how do you tell the difference between a male and female flower?

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 12:01

Thanks everyone. Don't know about becoming the "expert" but will give it a try. Growing them under black plastic has been mentioned. Will keep and eye out for more info.  Something to mull over whilst waiting for some outdoor warmth (Ha ha).  Oh to get going out there!

 

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