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Veggies

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Stitcher

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I have always grown veggies in the back garden, caught it from my dad I suppose in the 40s. Anyway, when my son was a toddler he would be down the garden and if I asked him what he had been doing he shrugged his shoulders. Next time I went down there I would find a lille heap of empty pea pods hidden behind a large cabbage. He always denied any knowledge of how they got there but it could only have been him.I would sometimes find the outer leaves from a sprout he had eaten. He is 38 now and says that sprouts are his favourite but he loves all veggies.
 
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Stitcher

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judy 39, It is true and it rubbed of on him too because he grows his own now.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
My son Steve had a little patch at the back of the garden. He stencilled STEVE'S PLOT on the fence. Every time Pete paints it steves plot always shows through. Pete his twin brother decided to prune our Peony one year that had just come into bud. Couldn't tell him off as he thought he was doing us a favour. They both tried to grow lettuce but they went stringy. The thing they did grow successfully was cress in ornamental faces. The cress looked like hair. My dad used to grow rhubarb. Bye. Jean.
 

Jayell

master brummie
Hi Stitcher

Both my sons are vegetarians and both have their own allotments. They are keeping busy there at the moment. My youngest son's favourite vegetable when he was young was sprouts - which are usually hated by most children.

Jean, my eldest is Steve as well.
 
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Stitcher

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Judy39, glad to hear they like their greens. I would not comment on being a meat eater or vegetarian but we should all eat veggies. I dont think we have come across a vegetable yet that we did not like.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Judy thanks for wecoming Helen. Meeting up with her dad this week. Steve's my youngest son by 20 minutes. He grow his own veg and Pete his brother was vegie until he began eating chicken again last week. Eats a lot of fish and is the cook in his house. [good at it as well] Bye for now Jean.
 
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Stitcher

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Gee Gee Jean, I am growing an old vegetable this year, it is called CARDOOM. To be honest I had never heard of it but came across some seeds somewhere and tried them. According to the net they are a leaf, a bit like spinach really I suppose. They are supposed to grow rather large and the stem out of the leaf can be used as a normal green veg, and the actual feaf should be steamed until it wilts,again a bit like spinach. They seem to be growing alright and I will let you know more when we try them.
 
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Stitcher

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NAS, my dad too did the rhubarb thing as did I with my son. He is 37 now and grows his own. I had to stop it along with the goosgogs because the acid in both aggravated my arthritis. The thought of dipping the rhubarb into the sugar still makes my mouth water. Happy Days.
 
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Beryl M

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Sticks of rhubarb Norma, I remember my grandad who lived next door growing rhubarb, just loved the taste with or without sugar. I am very fond of rhubarb pie too.

Regarding peas I would shell them for my mom, but she made me whistle so I wouldn't eat any LOL
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
We had a rhubarb patch too. I love it in a crumble. Not a sugery person. Sweet enough. Hm Hm. Jean.
 
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Stitcher

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Gee Gee Jean, I tried growing proper watercress one year. I grew it in gravel inside a large lined tray I made from floorboards. I changed the water each day and it did alright. I was pleased but after we had eaten it I was told that because the water is not constantly running, it could be a breeding ground for nasty things. The best one being salmonella. The thought of anything worse scared me so I tried American Land Cress. You and others may already know this but it was news to me at the time. It tastes the same or even better than watercress. It looks very similar but you grow it in the ground like any other plant. I now grow loads of it as we like salad leaves.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Bought some watercress today from Perry Barr indoor market. It is in a bunch not a packet. I like tortilla wraps putting various fillings in. Ram as much green salad in as possible. Makes a nice filling snack. Peter still has to have his bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast. His blood pressure is normal and his cholesteral is low. Lucky person. Still the same weight as when he was in his twenties. Aint fair is it. His dinners are large although he is not a pudding person. Bye. Jean.:cry::cry:
 
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Stitcher

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Gee Gee Jean I have always had a voracious appetite. It may stem from when I was a kid. Our mom did not like us to leave anything so I always eat what is put. Believe me Jean, if you have not tried American Land Cress it is lovely. You should try growing it next year. I plant a few seeds in the greenhouse early spring and when I put them into the garden I plant a few more. Each time we finish eating one batch I plant another . It is quite easy to get into the system and we have fresh cress all through summer.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Will give it a try Stitcher love cress. So do my tortoises. Steve has a large greenhouse and I will get him to do it for me. No room in our garden with Pete's big shed and his fish ponds take up at least a 1/4 of our garden. We could have one at the back of the waterfall but that is lovely large run for the tortoises [and beleive you me they can shift] By. Jean.
 
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Stitcher

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Nas, I dont know where you are but mine are still green. I have grown most outdoor varieties in the past and for the last few years I have grown them in the greenhouse. This year I have tried tumbler, in baskets. They have grown quite well and are literaly smothered in green tomoto's and flowers. I am hoping we get enough sunshine to ripen them. Do you believe as I do that the first one like you had yesterday is the best one? I have a friend who is a keen gardener, a retired Rover toolroom worker. He has a seed catalogue that lists many tomato types and each year he grows diferent ones. Some have been like a short banana and several different varieties of yellow ones,one year he grew the largest ones I have ever seen. I did not like them because they were very watery.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Nas do you have summer where you are. Ours has got lost this year. See you for that drink in a minute. Jean. ps. proud of that hat are we not.
 
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Beryl M

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Norma have you tried sliced zucchini rounds browned in butter, then added crispy bacon bits, its delicious served with turkey

By the way Trevor, I love dainty watercress sandwiches. I am not sure if I have tried American Land cress or not. The cress we have here in Canada is rather a large leaf?
 

bilsat

master brummie
Last year we were given a greenhouse so I tried tomatoes for the first time and had about 120 tomatoes from the four plants that survived.
This year a tried a 6 pack of seeds and at the moment most are green with just about 7 tomatoes red but I am growing one lot in the greenhouse and the other outside with very mixed results, one type are just one stem with most of the leaves dropping off and one flower head full of toms and yet other ones of the same type are full of green leaves and no flowers!!
I think I'll just carry on buying them at Somerfields for about £1 a tub!
 
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BernardR

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Al denté - Ooh get her. You my girl will be disowned by Brummies and Weegies alike if you go on that way ;)
 
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