Thanks for the kind words. I've decided to try and curb the spuds a bit. The last lot grew beautifully, flowered and died as prescribed and produced many tubers but very small, about the size of an MP's brain. So I'm wondering if the soil was too rich and soft or the heat of the tyres forced the process too quickly. Anyway I'm pinching out leaders and trying to slow the development to see if I can to give the tubers time to develop.
As for the Austrian pumpkins, like you, we had a total failure to germinate last season and only got 2 away this year, but they do produce well, we have a second crop on one of the vines now, two fruit at about 3KG already.
I'll see if Linda has any seeds left. I think we should save some from the successful plants and try them next year as well, I think they may have been flowering early enough to avoid crossing with the other pumkins higher up the slope or the rock melons next to them.
A cutting from your hop plant would be a very welcome exchange.
We must exchange visits again, there have been huge changes since you were here last and I'll bet your place is a long way down the track as well.
BTW, did you get that olive smoker up and running for this year's crop?
Hi, Ellen, I just sent you a friend request but didn't realise it would process without giving me a chance to introduce myself. I'm a friend (in real life as well as on Ooooby) of Lisa's. I'm working with the NZ Food Writers Guild to put together a session on saving old apple varieties and it looks from your comments that you know quite a bit about fruit trees. I'll definitely come to the TCA meeting sometime. Cheers, André
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