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PostSubject: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:31 am

Here's a pic of one of the vegie beds and some pears ready to pick. Also a feral pumpkin which grew from compost I'd put on the rose bed. It's marching across the lawn and has 2 pumpkins so far. I've never grown them before and I'm the only one here that eats them. So............pumpkin soup could be on the menu soon Smile





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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:34 am

Feral indeed Val, brightens up the front lawn though Laughing Laughing Laughing

Your pears are looking yummy, nice big ones too cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:40 am

Nothing wrong with feral pumpkins I have a few myself look like Kents

Nice looking pears
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:49 am

how do you know when the pears are ready?
i've got about 20 on my tree...and none of them ripening yet.
brought a few in to see if they'd ripen.
so far, they haven't.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:50 am

Garden is going great Val... I love pears Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:00 am

Its usually a colour change Tessa with most fruit, dont leave them on till they are ripe though.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:02 pm

These pears will be picked this week. I put them in a box with a ripe banana and they ripen that way. If they are left on the tree too long the possums or birds would get them. According to Sir Pete they are ready to pick when they come off easily when lifted upwards.
I've already had 4 pears of a different variety off this tree, it was a multi graft. They looked like Josephines. The ones in the pic are Packhams I think. This tree was already here when we moved in, so it's a bit of guess work.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:59 pm

alien alien Val I love espalier fruit trees, take up no room at all ,I also love pumpkin cooked any way.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:05 pm

love mine baked with a little bit of black burnt stuff lol! with the skin on too winky-winky
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:23 pm

Gwen we grew over 50 pumpkins last year and now I cannot eat them any more, and we have some on the vines this year too all volunteers
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:50 pm

thanks val.
i will try sir pete's technique this week.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:40 pm

Well I picked the pears - what whoppers!
10 of them weigh nearly 4kg and 1 weighs 600g



They came of the tree really easily when lifted up.
Now I've got to decide what to do with them. Could be all peared out if I'm not careful!
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:50 pm

gasp Thats Great Val times like these you need a bottling outfit
I can just picture then on a shelf in the pantry or in full view in the Kitchen or dining area some where..

Fantastic size too, have you been feeding them steroids winky-winky
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:23 am

gasp Fantastic thumbs-up
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:25 am

They look so nice,are they a soft pear? a pear tree is something i must get for my orchard.

you will have to show us the pumkins when its ready Val
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:49 am

I love your veggie patch, Val..it looks great....and those pears..my they are BIG gasp gasp
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:34 am

Thanks all.
MA, I have a bottling outfit, so probably will use it for some of these babies. I bottle our plums, cherries and nectarines.
It would be nice to see all the bottles on the shelf in the pantry, but they recommend keeping them in a dark place. Our pantry is a walk-in one with a big sky light - not dark! So I have to hide the bottles in cupboards and low shelves.
Richard, they are like rocks at the moment. I have to ripen them by keeping them in a box with ripe bananas in a dark cupboard!
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:50 am

to bad you can't get brown glass bottles...then you could keep them out in the open.

val...great harvest! i will show you mine soon.

i reckon nothing bottles better than pears...so those will be nice to have in the dead of winter.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:38 pm

I see what you mean Val... I never knew that..
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:47 pm

I must try your nectarines soon Val I love you You tried my peaches yet ??
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:30 pm

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I must try your nectarines soon Val I love you You tried my peaches yet ??

Not yet, saving them for a special occasion!
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:27 am

i tried the pulling up thing....and they came right off!
still hard tho...not ripe yet.
soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:34 am

Could you no paint the jars or something,certainly i haven't seen brown jars before.

Sorry probably sounds silly, scratch just an idea
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:38 am

Wouldn't dark or painted jars defeat the purpose of having the bottled fruit on display? Preserves of any sort are supposed to be kept in a dark place.
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PostSubject: Re: Val's Vegies & Fruit   Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:33 am

Amazing what they do to spruce up a kitchen in those fancy mags
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