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Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby CatBud » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:37 pm

Just wondered if anyone is giving themselves a challenge this year and growing anything unusual???

I bought some more seeds today. Going to try runner beans which are specifically for containers and also Cougette Soleil.

Looking forward to the stirfry's :D

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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby John » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:43 pm

I'll be trying melons in a cold frame again this year. Its always very challenging - some years I win and we have superb fruits but other years I lose and we get nothing.
Later in the year I'm going to try Collards (Collard Greens). DW has a cousin in the US who is a keen veg grower and every year we swap some seeds. Collards are a kale-like simple cabbage with smooth leaves that should give hopefully give us greens well into next winter.

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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby Colin_M » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:14 am

Hi John, I'm also trying Collard Greens for the first time this year.
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:20 am

I'm going to grow Couve Tronchuda this year.
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby goldilox » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:29 am

:? :?
And good luck with it too!!
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:49 am

Have you tried Couve Tronchuda then Goldilox?
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby alan refail » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:54 am

OH

Couve tronchuda is not too hardy in a cold winter.

This year I'm trying Georgia Collards and Portuguese Cabbage (may well be Couve tronchuda) from the Heritage Seed Library.
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:05 pm

Dear Alan, i do believe you are right, Couve Tronchda is also known as Portuguese cabbage, by some lesser mortals. :wink:
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby alan refail » Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:19 pm

Dear OH

You are always right :)

Couve is Portuguese for cabbage/kale, and I think tronchuda is bent or curled.

More Portuguese info on cabbages.
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potato from seeds

Postby penny » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:09 pm

not really sure what we are doing but they are up in some jiffy 7s so we'll see.
any thoughts glad of them
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby Essexboy » Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:46 pm

I am trying Okra (Ladies figers) for the first time this year, We use it quite a lot at home. Anyone had any experience growing it? The seeds are germinating like mad in the greenhouse, I have no idea what the plants look like.
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby ken » Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:52 pm

...and we're trying Millefleur tomatoes. The name says it all. Apparently they have absolutely masses of flowers, followed by small-ish (i.e. not too tiny) yellow tomatoes. If nothing else, they should intrigue the grandchildren.
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby poppingjay » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:12 am

Hello! this is my first post :)

'Mumsy' bought me a polytunnel this year so I'm really excited at the prospect of having an undercover zone. I'm growing millefleur toms as well this year. I sowed them a couple of weeks ago and they are sprouting nicely!
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby MKPoshfan » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:02 am

where did you get the couve tronchuda seeds, please?
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Re: Anyone growing anything unusual this year?

Postby oldherbaceous » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:56 pm

Dear MKPoshfan, i obtained the Couve Tronchuda seed from www.chilternseeds.co.uk
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