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Offline Mart

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Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« on: February 03, 2011, 06:29:47 PM »
Right, I've pruned my list down, purple carrots and the pumpkins have had to go, here's what I'm going with this year.

You can make me miserable in late summer by asking how I've got on.

French Bean, climbing green – Blue Lake
Runner Bean, Painted Lady
Carrot, Royal Chantenay
Courgette, Coco Zelle
Cucumber, Piccolo di Parigi
Cucumber, Telegraph
Broccoli, Green Sprouting
Brussel Sprout, Long Island Improved
Cabbage, Perfection Savoy
Cauliflower, Self Blanche
Kale, Vates Blue Curled
Dill, Bouquet
Leek, Musselburgh
Lettuce, Little Gem
Onion, White Lisbon Spring Onion
Peas, Onward
Pepper, Large Red Cherry Hot
Pepper, Sweet Big Red
Radish, Easter Egg Blend
Spinach, Matador
Swede, American Purple Top
Swiss Chard, Ruby Red
Tomato, Costoluto Fiorentino
Tomato, Marglobe

Not bothering with spuds or onions, fancied artichoke and asparagus, still mulling them over.

Going to survey the rolling acres tomorrow. Sweat and mud forecast with no chance of fag breaks.


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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 06:32:37 PM »
Blimey they're going to be a bit snug even in a 20 lug allotment.

For a bit of colour, chuck in a packets of Sutton's Nemesia 'Sparkler' if they still do them that is.
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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 06:49:01 PM »
I know, I might drop some greens, it is just that this year I was going for more variety and less quantity. I make it 16 rows, a rolling cold frame and fill in the odd corners with salad, the rest in the grennhouse it is just that this year I was going for more variety and less quantity.

I only have to mention 'courgette' and everyone legs it.

My second year, so obviously I know everything and nothing can possibly go wrong.......
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 06:53:18 PM »
Do you feel that time is running out for you to try everything, just once? 

I like the triumphing of quantity over quality, it is so often the other way around.

At least it's all annual stuff, it's a fairly safe bet you will be around to harvest.

It's not quite the same for us tree planters!   :hippy:
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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 07:35:52 PM »
Do you feel that time is running out for you to try everything, just once?

Yup, significant birthday this year leads me to think candidly about mortality, hence giving up the fags probably.

I keep hoping I'm a walking genetic miracle.

Then I think, bollocks, go with the purple carrots.
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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 09:33:40 PM »
What?
No strawberries?
Proud to be gone

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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 10:05:38 PM »
Already in from last year, and me rhubarb.

And a plum tree.

Probably some weeds too.
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Re: Eyes Bigger Than me Spade
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011, 10:52:41 PM »

French Bean, climbing green – Blue Lake (very continental)
Runner Bean, Painted Lady - (good choice not to stringy and keeps well)
Carrot, Royal Chantenay - (Never liked chartenay too much like chardonay , tasteless and a touch bland)
Courgette, Coco Zelle (planning on courgette with everything then, makes an alright marrow as well)
Cucumber, Piccolo di Parigi
Cucumber, Telegraph     (two lots of cucumber?)
Broccoli, Green Sprouting (can't beat it)
Brussel Sprout, Long Island Improved (nice choice)
Cabbage, Perfection Savoy (Nice Choice, good flavour)
Cauliflower, Self Blanche      (This is newish? will be interesting to see what the kurds are like)
Kale, Vates Blue Curled   (Remember curly kale.... quality veg)
Dill, Bouquet
Leek, Musselburgh (good sound variety, earth up well to get plenty of blanched leek)
Lettuce, Little Gem
Onion, White Lisbon Spring Onion (Quality standard)
Peas, Onward (can't be beaten, most of mine  don't make it off the allotment)
Pepper, Large Red Cherry Hot (How are you starting them off, greenhouse?)
Pepper, Sweet Big Red
Radish, Easter Egg Blend
Spinach, Matador (good choice, but watch out for beetles)
Swede, American Purple Top (never heard of it, any good?)
Swiss Chard, Ruby Red
Tomato, Costoluto Fiorentino
Tomato, Marglobe

Not bothering with spuds or onions. Couldn't agree more, too much wet damp springs/summers so far too much blight or rotting in the ground.