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Budgie

Southern England, United Kingdom

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Sep
30

Avalanche of Tumbling Toms

Avalanche of Tumbling Toms
Note to self - one Tumbling Tom tomato plant will supply more than enough cherry tomatoes. Grew two Tumbling Toms this year in the corners of one end of my raised bed. Enormous plants with literally hundreds of cherry tomatoes, no idea what I'm going to do with them all, will probably give a lot away.

Seems such a waste to just blitz them into a sauce and will probably be lynched for saying it but think the canned plum varieties are best for sauces!

The photo is just the ripe toms from my two plants picked at the weekend - still plenty more to come!
Sep
30

Carrots - mixed success

Carrots - mixed success
I grew 3 varieties of carrots this year, namely Yellowstone, Purple Dragon and Red Samurai. By far the most successful was Yellowstone, large long straight roots, not a single forked or deformed, will definitely grow these next year. Red Samurai were a bit of a disaster, pretty much all went to seed without producing any swollen roots, shame I was looking forward to their striking appearance. Purple dragon were OK, purple as expected but quite small in comparison to my Yellowstone monsters.
May
16

Tomatoes doing well...

Tomatoes doing well...
but that's about all that is. These are the Tigerella variety (stripy), they already have a few flowers so hoping for a pretty early crop this year. Looking forward to finding out whether these actually taste good or are just a novelty.

Anyone grown stripy tomatoes before?
May
16

Raised bed finally planted

Raised bed finally planted
Transplanted various lettuce varieties into the raised bed along with purplette spring onions and mange tout.

Sowed 3 rows of carrots as mentioned below and have covered the whole thing with netting so the birds don't eat my seedlings. Just slugs to look out for after all the wet weather.
May
15

Carrots are finally sown

3 different colourful varieties this year, purple dragon, yellowstone and red samurai. Also moved some lettuce from green house to raised beds, similarly mange tout and spring onions.

Tigerella tomatoes are doing well, black Russian and tumbling Tom are a bit behind. As for my chillies... only have two of each variety that have germinated and after six weeks from sowing they are still tiny. Think it may well be another bad year for chillies - should have stuck with the trusty Jalapeño!

In other news my choggia and cylindra beetroot have germinated in less than a week.
Apr
08

Sown a few more seeds

Sown Purplette and Kosma onion seeds in small pots in the green house. Bhut Jolokia and Habanero chillis, Black Russian and Tumbling Tom tomatoes, Black beauty Aubergines are all in the airing cupboard to germinate.

Repotted my Tigerella tomatoes, they had got a bit leggy on the kitchen window sill. Not a problem for tomatoes as you can bury them right up to the first leaves when putting into bigger pots. Its actually beneficial - the roots that will grow from the buried stem feed the tomato fruits later on while the deeper roots draw moisture.

Holding off from sowing my carrots and beetroot direct in the bed, its still not warm and the forecast is for more wet weather - don't want my seeds to rot in cold wet soil.
Mar
05

First seeds sown

Finally sown some seeds, Tigerella tomato seeds sown and put in the airing cupboard to germinate. Sown parsley in pots and Nantes carrots in cardboard tubes in the green house. Looking forward to getting the rest of my seeds in the post.
Nov
05

4 Chilli Varieties

4 Chilli Varieties
These 4 chilli varieties went into last nights dinner- a home made pizza. From left to right they are, Hungarian hot wax, Jalapeño, Anaheim and the small ones are Super Chile.

All grown from seed way back in March. Only variety that didn't work out this year was Tabasco, germinated but seemed to cease growing shortly after. The size of the final container you transplant into has a real bearing on the size of the plant and the number of chillies, I planted into much smaller pots this year so that I would have space to grow more varieties. Really noticed the difference larger fruiting varieties only had 5 or 6 chillies per plant.

Anaheim is my new favourite Chile variety, reasonable amount of heat but its the Chile flavour that makes it stand out. I plan to use these in a chilli con carne very soon, should warm the old cockles!
Oct
26

Autumn is well and truly here

Had a good year with tomatoes this year, grew money maker and beef steak varieties. Money maker produce medium to small fruits and having sown early had toms from mid July to mid October.

Never thought the chillies I sowed in early March would amount to anything however they came good in the end. Particularly happy with the Anaheim variety I grew this year, not too hot but fantastic chilli flavour. Also grew Hungarian hot wax for the first time this year, can be picked green and used in salads like a pepper or wait till the heat develops and turns red.

Still yet to harvest Swede, first time of growing so not sure what to expect - they don't look perfectly round like they do in the supermarket! Also still got a few beetroot to pull but I suspect they may be a little woody given how late in the season it is.
Aug
30

Late summer update

Have harvested all my carrots, had planned on doing more successive sowings, ran out of spance and only did two. Carrot (Nantes) were pretty good this year nice and straight.

Cucumbers, burpless tasty green as usual, not as good this year as last - stayed in the green house last year and put outside in May this year. No complaints about the fruits themselves, just not as many of them. One more female flower left so may get one more if I am lucky.

Still also got swede, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes and chillis on the go.

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