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    Quote Originally Posted by Potstubsdustbins View Post
    Tried Mini Munch cucumber for the first time this year, it seemed ideal to be able to eat the cumber at one sitting and then pick fresh when needed.

    Because of cumbers suicidal tendency as usual I planted 4 seed when really I only need 2 plants. All four quickly germinated and grew into strong healthy plants, being a softy I kept all four. I fed on Miracle Gro for high nitrogen to start with, changing to Tomorite high potash when the fruit appeared.

    They grew quickly and were early to produce fruit, picked at 3 to 4 inches long they are lovely and tasty and firm with no large seeds. All four plants now have an equivalent length/height of about 9ft and going well.

    I have found one problem never have I seen a cumber plant so prolific. I am giving them away in large numbers and the neighbours are avoiding me even the old folks home tried to lock SWMBO out.

    Joking aside if this is representative of an average year they are most certainly one to try. I will post a picture tomorrow.
    Any chance of giving me your sowing/planting dates? I can't seem to get it right - you obviously can

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    Thelma I will look the info out for you and let you know, diary is in the lean to so it will be tomorrow.
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    Hi Thelma,

    Set in individual 3" pots with moist compost 22/04 and placed on lounge window sill. Germination complete 29/04. 10/05 Picked best 4 and culled the other one, planted up into 6" pots and placed at high level in GH. They grew very quickly so went in their final pots 30/05, fed on Miracle Grow until fruit and then changed to tomorite. First harvest 16/06.

    Remember this is the first year with these so it may all be just a ..............fluke.......
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    Cucumber mini munch - mini cucumber

    Current favourite - Cucino - rating 9/10
    Ease of growth - last year planted 1 seed, failed to germinate. This year planted 1 seed, grew well. 7
    Health and vigour - this year's plant is fine, currently about 4ft long and growing fast, 9
    Yield - looking good with loads of little cucumbers on outdoor plant, 9
    Taste and texture - excellent, possibly an improvement on Cucino with loads of flavour, 10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potstubsdustbins View Post
    Hi Thelma,

    Set in individual 3" pots with moist compost 22/04 and placed on lounge window sill. Germination complete 29/04. 10/05 Picked best 4 and culled the other one, planted up into 6" pots and placed at high level in GH. They grew very quickly so went in their final pots 30/05, fed on Miracle Grow until fruit and then changed to tomorite. First harvest 16/06.

    Remember this is the first year with these so it may all be just a ..............fluke.......
    Ta very muchly - will give them a go next year. All now written in my notebook

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    I liked the sound of courgette Tristar, until I found out it was a packet of mixed seeds !
    I was hoping for one plant with different colours, silly me.

    I did get/grow some climbing yellow courgettes shooting star, they have grown but don't seem very vigorous. Only just started thinking about shooting up.
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    French Bean Sonesta (yellow podded)
    I bought these to go on the front fence in amongst nasturtiums, with the beans an added bonus.

    Comparison with Purple Teepee, my standard french bean, rated 6
    Ease of growth - Seeds germinated fairly quickly both in pots of compost and when chitted on kitchen paper. A couple of plants were deformed and rather odd. 8.
    Health and vigour - slower growing and smaller than Purple Teepee, got badly infested with blackfly from nasturtiums, but the blackfly disappeared after the nasturtiums were removed (a case of a "decoy" attracting the pest you are trying to prevent!). 6.
    Yield - producing plenty of small but very nice beans, doing well considering small pots and blackfly issues. 8
    Taste and texture - very good, not at all stringy and nicer than Purple Teepee 8.

    These are likely to replace Purple Teepee as my standard french bean.
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    Runner bean Hestia (dwarf)

    The packet says "very good yield of tasty, long, stringless pods" and "Ideal for growing in containers".

    Comparison with Stardust, my favourite runner bean, rated 9
    Ease of growth - poor germination (about 50%) when sown in pots or chitted first. Disappointing for a new packet of seeds, 5.
    Health and vigour - the plants that did grow were planted in a self watering balconniere, where they grew quite well although they did get damaged by slugs/snails. 7.
    Yield - most of the flowers failed to set. Of those that did (about 5), only one was bigger than 4 inches long, all were curved or distorted. Reluctant to award this more than a 2 given the packet description.
    Taste and texture - comprehensively awful - "furry", coarse texture and taste bordering on unpleasant, 0.

    Unfortunately I had started some more before I had a chance to taste these. The bicolour flowers are very pretty though.
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