More winter veg successes

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Tuesday 28 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

A follow-on post about the winter veggies, and this time focussing on our ‘above soil’ varieties this time. A few times we’ve looked at the peas in the greenhouse, and I’ve remarked on how much better they have been this year – no red spider attack for starters!

Here are a few of the snap peas that we picked fresh this morning – less the few handfuls that I scoffed straight from the plant; well, why not, they are so sweet and crunchy 🙂

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Leeks were planted out in late September last year and the rain over winter has given us our best crop by far. A couple had started to prepare to seed off, so they’ll require some hard boiling to soften the central core, but other than that, well pleased for a change!

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The much later planting of the broad bean seeds does seem to have paid off; although whether or not that is more to do with the climatic differences we’ve seen or the planting change, who knows.

The crop seems much fuller, with most plants carrying 2-8 pods, and much lower down the stem too. Planting earlier, as we used to, gave taller plants, but much of them tended to be diseased and brown below the top 30cm

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We also use the new and tender young pods, cooked whole or in slices, served with fresh dil. Sure, once the beans fill out the pods, then we only use the beans – freezing bags and bags of them down, and compost the pods as waste, but these young pods are delicious when cooked fresh within the hour.

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Mint is a never ending story; as anyone who’s ever grown any will attest to. We run two patches, harvesting three or four times a year for drying – we use it big time in Turkish cookery! Below was this weekend’s haul from one patch.

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However, mint needs some attention too. It’s a ferocious grower and spreader, and after a while, it produces little as all the energy is used under the soil. And so, every two years I pickaxe down 20cm (8″) and remove every last root. In the next two pictures you can see how much was dug up! By the way, the roots are burned or left to dry out, never composted for obvious reasons.

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I then replant a few roots, ten seen below, and off we go again. They will very soon fill that patch once again, but with much healthier leaf producing cover. On the left, you can see what was removed!!

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17 thoughts on “More winter veg successes

  1. Living Love says:

    What an interesting post. Thanks for all the info! Love your little rock walls 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by PeaceCrafting and leaving your comment. 🙂

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  2. Scrumptious! Thanks for the tips on mint management. I am in my second year now with our potted crop, and seeing a lot of underground growth. Will re-pot this winter.

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  3. Wow, fantastic! Right, I’m going to show that pic to my peas for starters! As for your leeks – I have allium envy big time. Ditto with your broad beans Spike! Super idea with the mint – it does need TLC from time to time. I chopped my Vietnamese mint right back and you should see it now. Beautiful!

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  4. Thank you for the mint info. I was wondering why mine was so thin and just around the edges of the pots. I shall get to work on it tomorrow! 🙂

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  5. dayphoto says:

    You are in early summer (for us) veggies now. Your green thumb is amazing, really!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  6. Colin Huggins says:

    Mint growing! Well thank you for that information about it and the root system.
    I love mint sauce with roast lamb – doesn’t seem natural for I think all Aussies
    unless there is fresh mint sauce with it.

    Those beans and peas look so good. Nothing like that in a supermarket, eh?
    Cheers
    Colin

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  7. Gill McGrath says:

    fresh just picked broad beans….. oooo!!!

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  8. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    when we first cameto Bulgaria in 2007 we planted loads of veggies just like everyone does here , but I reckon the mole knew we were Brits and came and ate the lot….you have done well. I neve knew that about mint so I shall have to dig down….

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Never seen a mole here thinking about it…. Too many boulders above and beneath the earth perhaps! Yes, mint gets very clogged up with roots. Like pruning roses, you have to be ruthless to get anywhere 🙂

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