Sunday, January 18

What you lose on the swings

I mentioned in an earlier post that we had cut down on the number of tomatoes in our garden greenhouse where in the past they have been a dominant feature. This had a beneficial effect on the sweet peppers and aubergines which as a result had more space and received more light. They were probably also given a bit more TLC too as they were less easily overlooked. In the past bell pepper crops have been small and we have resorted to the smaller carrot shaped peppers which seemed easier.

Last year most of the pepper plants were grown in large pots, (they are actually old florists buckets with holes drilled in the base), on the wide staging at the far end if the greenhouse
By most standards our crop wouldn't be considered large, we were satisfied. Maybe if we had harvested more at the green stage other fruits would have had the chance to develop.
This year we are growing King of the North and Redtop which is described as "Particularly sweet and very early for unheated greenhouses" (Maybe it's not too late to add Orange Bell)

We will be growing aubergine - Jackpot again this year. These are compact plants from which you can pick the fruits when quite small or leave them to grow larger. The aubergines were grown in large pots and placed on the staging.
We were concerned that the first lot of flowers didn't want to set fruit but eventually they 'came food' and we harvested 24 fruits again not a huge harvest but pleasing to us.

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  1. Everything looks so good with you. These are crops I can only dream of as I do not have a greenhouse. I was given some outdoor tomatoes last year and had two reasonable plants that gave me a pick three times a week for about six week. That was encouraging and I might get some seed to grow my own this year. I would love to grow peppers and aubergines on my south facing wall as it gets scorchio! ~~~Deb

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    1. Our motto is have a go Debs - what's to lose?

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  2. I think it's a good harvest to say you only have a few plants in a garden greenhouse. I've given up on both peppers and aubergines now, we don't use either enough to warrant giving over the space for them, but my best crop of peppers were from Corno di Torro Rosso. They're long peppers but quite large and they ripened well, I'd definitely go for this variety again.

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    1. We have had to experiment with varieties to get a result too Jo Jackpot is really the only variety of aubergine we have had a reasonable crop from.

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  3. Oh, what a wonderful harvest of vegetables ! That's nice to have own greenhouse and grow vegetables !
    Have a ncie Sunday :)

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    1. Without the greenhouse we would have difficulty with some plants and seeds Ela

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  4. I'll just have the tomato please! I dislike peppers (which give me violent indigestion - and worse) and I'm not very keen on aubergines. However, I recognise that they are not easy to grow, so I think you have done well. I wish I did get on OK with peppers, because they LOOK so nice, especially when you have several different-coloured ones side-by-side.

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    1. Strange that you can eat hot peppers but not sweet ones Mark

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  5. Not sure what varieties we are growing this year until they arrive but I know we have a pack of 5 mixed tomato plants which is enough for us & 4/5 mixed chilli pepper plants. I remember the shot of your monstrous pepper last year! Ours did well last year as we had the tomatoes against the far wall & the peppers/chillies towards the front so I agree with you on the lighting.

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    1. I'm sure that the plants suffered being shaded by the tomatoes in previous years Jo especially on dull days.

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  6. Sometimes it's OK if the harvest is not huge.. there's only the two of us to feed and if I can get plants to produce successionally over the season so much the better. Your plants look really healthy and that is the main thing.

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    1. Small harvests of some things make you value then more Jessica,

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  7. A really pepper and aubergine harvest, they're tricky things sometimes.

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    1. They are CJ last year was maybe our best year so far

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  8. How lovely to see such a brightly coloured harvest on such a cold grey day! I absolutely love those aubergines, I'd grow them just to enjoy looking at them....you have inspired me to grow them this year!xxx

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    1. They are pretty fruits aren't they, Dina? - they look as if they have been polished,

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  9. I would be very happy with those peppers and aubs Sue!

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    1. We were definitely happy with them Lou

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  10. Thanks for the ideas. I am trying to narrow down my garden to successful plants. Your posts are helpful.

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    1. I'm glad that the posts are useful Bonnie

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  11. That's good idea ! The aubs look so good! round and purple in colour!

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    1. I can see why some countries call them eggplants, Malar

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  12. I've peppers and chilies on my list this year, hope they look as good as your plants.

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    1. I hope that they do too Kelli and ours give a repeat performance.

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  13. Your greenhouse is so productive and beautiful. Have had no luck with aubergines...maybe try a new variety? mmmm

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    1. Until we grew Jackpot we had no luck Bren - It's a compact variety and you can pick the fruits whilst still small

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  14. Wow, the aubergine looks so fresh and striking.

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