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Today at 08:22:56 by earlypea | Views: 61 | Comments: 4

Just a quick plug for it.  Might be useful in future, as I was reading heatwaves come in cycles of 4 years.

I grew two varieties of runners this year.  Enorma, a traditional one, for my mother's runner bean wall and chose Moonlight for the plot, just in case hers didn't come off.  Thought if hers did come off and we were inundated I could use the white beans as fresh butter beans.

Anyway, in this crazy, enduring (and I believe we got the worst of it in the South East) heatwave we've managed two beans thus far from Enorma  Now it's cooler there are a handful developing, but really very few.  Speaking to other people on the allotments they've had similar experiences with their usual runners.

Moonlight, as it is self-pollinating (for those as don't know - most here will ), has been totally prolific.

A good one going forward......

Today at 07:52:26 by gazza1960
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Best we have ever had them with around 40 to 50 bunches,not Ultra sweet and yes they have 2 small pips.....but me being a Diabetic I only ever eat a few ...any ideas as never made Grape jams etc..........and no im not stompin on them so the local winios can drink it........... :blob7:

oh and ours is a Muscat Bleu

we have some Cooking apples as well so maybe chutneys...not sure......any thoughts...?


Today at 06:02:41 by Borderers1951 | Views: 70 | Comments: 2

After a bumper year for most, though not all, my produce, We are running out of freezer space and are thinking of bottling some fruits and vegetables.  Specifically blackberries and possibly raspberries, although the raspberries tend to be eaten quickly.  On the veg side we have French beans, runners, carrots and tomatoes.  We have jams and pickles in plenty so we don't want to make any more, but things we can use from their jars is the way we wish to go.  Has anyone any experience of bottling their fruit and veg and if so is there anything we should avoid?
August 17, 2018, 09:31:04 by Vinlander | Views: 137 | Comments: 4

Forgive this re-post from 'Rain' - I realise this is immodest - almost as boorish as SHOUTING, but I think Physalis deserve their own thread. Especially as they are totally immune to the blight that must be coming soon...

One other curiosity. I like Inca berries and usually grow three or four bushes. They have grown well this year but are  perplexing because the plants have consistently produced very few flowers. Hence very few lanterns and little fruit. On one bush I tried pinching out to encourage bushing but it made no difference. Has anyone else noticed an effect like this. I had assumed they would love the heat and grow like the blazes and was looking forward to a good crop. Well they have grown well but purely vegetative growth. Any advice or similar experiences would be gratefully appreciated.

Are your Inca physalis the perennial kind or the properly annual kind?

I'd recommend you grow both (though seeds of the true annual ones are harder to find*) - their response to weather is pretty different.

This year the annual ones have done much better outside than usual and I'm looking forward to a good crop from larger than normal bushes (though I started late -  the "year of no spring" meant my first batch of seedlings failed, and I'm mainly relying on transplanted volunteers).

Are your perennial ones very like the shop version? I find their intense aroma unpleasant and only grow "Aunt Mollys" which have a delicious, much cleaner taste.

The Molly that survived the winter in my (draughty) polytunnel has been providing early berries for 2 weeks now, though its size and thuggish sprawl mean that I will be putting (water-rooted) cuttings in their own outsize cloche next year so I might be able to claw back 20% more space in the tunnel by 2020.

Are your perennial ones from seed? You'd be lucky to get fruit before September.

Are they older plants but outside? Same result.


* My Molly seeds were described as annual, and when they grew they obviously weren't and my response was :BangHead: but they turned out to be a real find! I still regard the annual ones as more important - earlier, less sharp, and though they are sweeter than most tomatoes (but smaller - like grape/currant ones) they are still the best substitute in a blight year. I was trying to buy them because mine seemed to be getting smaller - I thought a fresh selection would be better - hopefully this year may prove it unnecessary, as it's certainly the best since 2006 despite its problems.


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