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Post by freebird on 3rd October 2017, 8:22 pm

Maybe just grow them in Olympic years Ploshkin. Sounds as if they will last you that long!

I can’t do really hot, but did find the Cayenne chillies I have grown before to be barely hot enough. I like the Apache chillies of the last two years.

Managed to harvest a few more runner beans today and a nice crop of autumn raspberries - though I scoffed the lot before they made it back to the house!

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Post by FloBear on 3rd October 2017, 9:46 pm

I had a delightful surprise a couple of days ago when I spotted about a dozen tiny alpine strawberries on a plant that I had randomly popped into a space in the front garden. Deelicious!
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Post by Chilli-head on 8th October 2017, 8:28 pm

Surprisingly, we are still getting courgettes from the plant on the garden, usually they have been killed by mildew by now.

At the allotment I cleared out the tomatillos, beetroot and carrots. The beetroot and carrots go into plastic tubs with some damp compost for storage. Lots of beetroot this year - dunno what to do with it all !
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Post by Ploshkin on 9th October 2017, 1:04 pm

Interesting that you store your carrots in damp compost CH.  Does that not make them grow little hairy roots from the surface.  I recall getting that the only time I ever lifted and stored carrots.  I usually leave mine in the ground and can still be digging them in March.

My early crop in the polytunnel are still going strong.  When they were ready to harvest I just stopped watering them - they are in a drainage ring filled with compost, and I pull up a few whenever I need them.
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Post by freebird on 11th October 2017, 5:37 pm

Whopping great autumn raspberries, ever bearer strawberries in greenhouse still coming in dribs and drabs, last few apples off the tree. Seven butternut squash still on the plants, five harvested as they had no leaves left. Lots of very small but intensely flavoured tomatoes to pick in the greenhouse and a second flush of peppers after the main harvest - leaving them as long as I can as the weather is still mild.
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Post by Dandelion on 11th October 2017, 10:13 pm

I still have a few tomatoes on a Latah plant in the greenhouse. The tomatoes are plentiful but very small. The odd thing is, they have ripened to the point of being a light orange colour, but they have been like this for a fortnight now, and show no signs of actually properly ripening so that they are soft and red. I've tasted one - it's very crunchy, not altogether unpleasant, but not what you would descirbe as a ripe tomato. Maybe it's been a bit cold for the tomato plant in the greenhouse - the weather is supposed to heat up at the weekend, so maybe this will encourage some proper ripening. I've never experienced this complete check in development before. Any ideas?

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Post by Ploshkin on 14th October 2017, 6:09 pm

That's rather odd Dandelion.  We're probably quite a bit colder than you but I still have tomatoes ripening properly, albeit slowly.
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Post by Dandelion on 14th October 2017, 9:24 pm

I may bring some into the house and put them near some bananas, and see if that ripens them. It hasn't been exactly cold in the greenhouse (62 degrees one day last week - I forgot to open the windows before I went to work!)

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Post by Chilli-head on 15th October 2017, 8:51 pm

Not a bad haul from the allotment today. Green cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli and a pak choi. Some drying beans of various sorts. A few dwarf French beans still coming. The oeas are now all finished, so I cleared that bed ready for winter.
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Post by FloBear on 16th October 2017, 6:07 pm

I picked up some windfall apples - I don't know why I don't pick them off the tree and save the bruises - and one Comice pear which is now standing on the kitchen windowsill for at least a week. The two pears I've had have been a little too hard and not as juicy as Comice should be - but perfectly edible.
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Post by Dandelion on 16th October 2017, 9:26 pm

I was keeping a few Spartan and Winter Greening apples on the tree, as they seemed to be reluctant to be picked when I took the rest down a couple of weeks ago. The wind seems to have other ideas though - I don't think there will be many left on the tree next time I look!!

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