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Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:20

Thanks, that is what I will do.


Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:19

I generally cut them and then harden them off on the racking in the greenhouse, which seems to work.  So you think I should harden them off on the plant before cutting?

Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:51

Can anyone advise me.  This year my winter squashes seem to be so much earlier - in keeping with most other veg I have to say.  If I start picking them now, as some are the size of footballs!!, will it be to the detriment of the flavour.  Due to their size I feel I should pick them soon, but my gut tells me to wait a bit longer to give them time to fully ripen and flavour up.  Your input would be most appreciated.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:07

Picked the majority of mine yesterday, although had about 5 cobs last weekend and made chowder, which was delicious.  I find that I can't resist eating them straight off the plant, so sweet and delicious, and I persuade myself more healthy as not smothered with butter!!  Give it a try if you have not thought of eating them 'raw', as I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:53

I am so jealous of you all.  I had so many courgettes last year and this year has been an abject failure - only three this year from 7 plants.  However my winter squashes have taken over half the garden and have counted 18 ready for picking with a few more that may bulk up if we have a good autumn.  I will carry on reading the thread, dreaming of the gallons (well quite a lot anyway) of Courgette, potato and cheese soup I made last year and froze, which is now all gone, with no hope of replacing - Boo Whoo Whoo.

where to buy watering spikes

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:42

Try Harrod Horticulture (internet) - I use them a lot and am very pleased with all I get.  They sell IRISO water spikes that they claim fit most water bottles and are adjustable - set of 4 are £11.80.  Never used them, but I am sure the reviews will give you info about whether they are any good.  Best of luck.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:46

Look up courgette, potato and cheese soup - truly delicious and freezes well.

Potato plants dying - whats happening?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:45

Hi Alex.  I tend to dig mine up on a dry day, leave them on the surface for a while to dry off thoroughly and then bag up in either hessian sacks or netting bag, definitely not plastic as if still damp will rot.  I keep them in the garage, where the temperature stays pretty constant, but anywhere that is not too hot or cold.  This seems to work for me anyway.  I check them regularly, any bad smell and you are best tipping them all out and making sure none are rotting, as this will progress through them all - really horrible stink!  Good luck

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:07

Bindweed and I have become extremely intimate.  So far bindweed 1 - 0!!  I don't use any weedkiller, just keep pulling it up as it grows and gently teasing out the long white roots when I find them.  I must admit I find it extremely satisfying when I loosen the soil and manage to pull up a long root (12" plus). There is certainly less growth this year than last, and I pull up any bit I see in growth at every opportunity.  I appreciate this would not have any impact in a big garden (mine is quite small) but I am a great fan of wildlife and insects, so prefer to have a bit of bindweed than risk killing bees etc.  Good luck with your endeavours, just so glad I only have a bindweed problem and not Japenese Knotweed - the 'Devil' plant

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:17

Thanks Biofreak,  Lets hope more people/nurseries catch on with this idea, sounds ideal.  Keep up the good work, you are helping us all understand a bit more.


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