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PostSubject: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:17 pm

Someone asked me earlier about my capsicum. I have two at the moment. I had to uncover them as the pumpkin vine has gone berserk with the showers we've been having lately and grown over the top of the capsicum plants woops The plants are still a bit difficult to see.

Lipstick capsicum which has been going for 3 summers so far




Unknown sweet capsicum from a packet of sweet mixed which has been going for two summers now. This is a really nice capsicum, even two of my kids that don't like capsicum eat this one. Not many fruit on at the moment though




The pumpkin vine is doing well... a little too well lol! and it has several nice little pumpkins on it... the bees have been busy too thumb2


Still getting watermelons


Just two of the tomatoes that are planted


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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:05 pm

Plenty of veggies there to harvest soon Gail..
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:57 pm

Still way behind in my planting though Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:01 pm

Whats the name of the pumpkin Gail
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:09 pm

Richard, it is a kent pumpkin... same one we were talking about a few days ago somewhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:10 pm

Very nice Gail, the only thing I still have going are chillies and caps Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:51 pm

you will be growing that pumpkin next summer, richard.
you should have the seeds any day now.
the packet will say 'jap' pumpkin...but those are the same as kent.
just look how big that pumpkin got so fast like that....it still has its blossom!

gail.
please explain.
how is it that you don't have any powdery mildew?????
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:55 pm

Bet she has Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:07 pm

It is call 'Canasten' backwards backwards backwards works great on me toesies lol! must gt back to bare feets wehn I get home from work scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:13 pm

The pumpkin I have growing on the front lawn had 2 little fruit on it, but we had a few cold days and they shrivelled up Sad
I'm going to pull the plant out tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:46 am

gail do you think i could trouble you for some lipstick seeds? i bought some a few months ago from edens and i cant get one of them to germinate so now im starting to wonder if the seeds are any good Suspect

did you grow yours from seed? and if you did were they difficult? i've never had problems getting capsicums to germinate in the past so i dont understand what's up with these ones scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:56 am

Gail wrote:
Richard, it is a kent pumpkin... same one we were talking about a few days ago somewhere.

Ok i thought it was,thats why i asked,tessa has sent me some banana banana
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:42 am

I am so envious. I only have lettuce and spinach and some cukes ATM ... and loads of pumpkin. And sweet potato. I am rapidly learning that I cannot grow

bog sage
sweet potato
pumpkin

As tehy go totally out of control!!!!!!!! The sweet spud planted a few months ago is choking the roses and is covering an enormous area - plan to pull out this week and will photograph - maybe I can find a hill somewhere to stick them and let them multiply up there to their heart's content - as long as they can live with horses
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:21 am

pamela...don't forget you can eat the leaves...so when you pull up those sweet potato vines...cook 'em up!

essentially....you just boil the leaves, but not the vines. the leaf stem is incredibly tender...so don't cut those off.
boil for a little bit...pour off the water, refill and then boil to the consistency you like (this is because some, but not all folks, think there is a chemical released that you don't want to eat. i've done it that way, but also have just boiled and eaten and lived to tell the story) i like the greens totally over-cooked. they are better, i think, than english spinach. just as a point of information: you can also find them for sale in asian food markets.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:44 am

Ota, PM me your address. They are easy to grow, I've had them coming up by themselves from old fruit that have dropped. Probably not much use in planting until spring now but the seeds keep ok.

Sweet potato is considered a weed in some areas up here and there are warnings about planting them near susceptible areas.

The pumpkin hasn't got any powdery mildew... yet... only been in a couple of months growing... I was hoping to get some fruit before winter but probably pushing my luck. I don't usually have too much trouble with mildew until the plants are getting old... even then it doesn't worry them, they still keep growing... and I don't spray anything. They are always planted out in full sun with plenty of air flow around them and I rarely water the pumpkin vines. This one has gone ballistic as the seeds were planted about 4m away from this area in the pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:45 am

If sweet spuds are that easy to grow ect... and weedy how come they charge so much for them at the stoopidmarkets Mad club club
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:54 am

that's the thing, cheryl.
sweet potatoes are a wonder food...cheap, easy, prolific. it is all about corporate greed and how the corporate world hobbles the farmers.
don't get me started...but it's a lot like australia saying it's got no water...and yet it is *surrounded* by it.
it's all what you're being taught...rightly or wrongly so.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:55 am

you will get your pumpkins, gail, because you can eat pumpkins at ANY stage of growth.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:31 am

I know you can Tessa but I like them best when they are fully ripe and full of flavour. Smile I find them a bit tasteless otherwise though will eat them Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:16 pm

Pumpkins at any stage of growth.. First time I have ever heard of that..
You could not eat my home grown pumpkins at any stage except fully ripe believe me.
Been there and tried that.... Ack Ack
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:33 pm

Do you people find with the kent pumpkin that it matures in taste after bin picked for a while like the green chestnut i grow does?
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:42 pm

I don't think so though I've never really thought about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:52 am

medburygardens wrote:
Do you people find with the Kent pumpkin that it matures in taste after bin picked for a while like the green chestnut i grow does?

I cant see how you could tell Richard.. If you cut it and put in the fridge I wrap mine in white paper towels it does not mature after its been cut.. And you would not know how mature it was till you cut into it..

I cannot eat a Kent pumpkin if its a real dark orange I prefer the dark yellow or lighter orange colour

Guess thats why I like the grey pumpkin better they mature to the lighter colour that my taste buds can handle..
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PostSubject: Re: Some vegies in my garden   Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:03 am

richard...a kent pumpkin has never lived long enough in my house to mature.
so you'll have to tell US the answer to that question.
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