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    Default New varieties - likes and dislikes

    Following on from the tomato thread, I thought it would be interesting if people who have tried new varieties rated them, perhaps comparing to a previous favourite. I always end up trying a few new ones, despite having very set ideas on which are my favourites, and sometimes there are surprises.

    This year I have quite a long list:
    Bean Sonesta
    Beetroot Boldor
    Beetroot Bulls Blood (cut and come again leaves)
    Carrot Nandor
    Carrot Sweet Candle
    Cucumber Mini Munch
    Lettuce Warpath
    Runner Bean Firestorm
    Runner Bean Hestia
    Spinach Gigante D'Inverno
    Strawberry Framberry
    Strawberry Just Add Cream
    Tomato Crimson Crush
    Tomato Megabyte

    Obviously I haven't harvested most of these yet, but there are a few that I have, so I will rate them in the following posts.
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    Lettuce Warpath - mini Iceberg type

    Current favourite - Relic (cut and come again red leaves) - rating 8/10
    Ease of growth - excellent germination, 10
    Health and vigour - very good even under lights in winter, 9
    Yield - good, intentionally cut small but formed decent hearts when left alone (also works as cut and come again), 9
    Taste and texture (I'm fussy about texture) - excellent. Takes a long time to start going bitter. 10

    A fabulous little lettuce, knocks Relic off the top spot.
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    Beetroot Bulls Blood (cut and come again leaf)

    Comparison with perpetual spinach, the nearest thing I have previously grown (which I dislike), rating 2.
    Ease of growth - so-so, germination was poor from thickly sown seeds, 5
    Health and vigour - ok, produced some decent leaves and a lovely colour but got leaf miner, 6
    Yield - poor really considering the length of time it takes to grow. Other leaves are quicker, 4
    Taste and texture - nothing special, older leaves are rather leathery a bit like perpetual spinach, 4

    Beats perpetual spinach and useful for brightening up salads. I'll probably finish the packet but I don't think I will be buying it again.
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    Spinach Gigante D'Inverno (large leaf winter variety)

    Comparison with Tirza, which is now only available coated with disgusting fungicide, and I have been trying to replace for several years, rated 9.
    Ease of growth - like almost all spinach germination is very poor, 5
    Health and vigour - I've only grown it over winter, so it started off very slowly, but did end up producing a nice crop of big leaves from the few plants that germinated, 7
    Yield - not at all bad. Some of the leaves were bigger than my hand, so only a few were needed. 8
    Taste and texture - excellent, as good as Tirza.

    The nearest I have managed so far to replicating Tirza, with the advantage of somewhat bigger leaves. I will definitely grow it again.
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    Strawberry Framberry (tastes like a cross between strawberry and raspberry)

    Comparison with my favourite strawberry Marshmello, which I consider unbeatable at 10.
    Ease of growth - ordered 3 plants by mail order, arrived already potted and very healthy looking. Plants produce copious numbers of runners which root easily, 10
    Health and vigour - a very healthy looking dark green although like all my strawberries they did get aphids, 9
    Yield - bitterly disappointing so far, as only one of the plants has produced any fruit. The fruit are small. As perpetuals, there could be more to come later. Provisionally 2
    Taste and texture - unusual in a very pleasant way, the 2 I have eaten so far are lovely. 9

    Subject to more of the plants eventually producing fruit, I will be keeping some of the rooted runners.
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    Strawberry Just Add Cream (pink flowered perpetual)

    Comparison with Marshmello, rated 10.
    Ease of growth - 10 bare rooted plants arrived and were planted in a strawberry bag. Within a month 5 were dead. The survivors were moved into 2 litre pots and pampered, but even so one more died. I have to give these a 1.
    Health and vigour - Very hard to rate. 2 of the plants still look sick, the other 2 are very good. Unlike any other perpetual strawberry I have met, they are producing more flowers before the first fruits have finished, and there are even flowers on one of the runners. Flowers are very decorative. 6
    Yield - good, beats any other perpetual I've grown. 8
    Taste and texture - a massive surprise. This, to strawberries, is what Sungold is to tomatoes. Absolutely fantastic, and given that I rated Marshmello an unbeatable 10, I have no option but to award this one 11.

    Trying to root as many of the runners as possible.
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    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.
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    I have never grown raspberries before a year or so back I bought 3 plants of Ruby Beauty, they arrived in leaf, looking healthy. Following the instructions I planted them out into their containers only to see the leaves fall off and the plants appeared dead. Being clever I immediately sent for 3 more plants, these I put in 6" pots and had them in the GH to give them a start. I will leave you to guess who ended up with 6 healthy plants.

    This year was the first year I expected fruit and I was not disappointed, we have been eating fresh, giving away family only and freezing. They seem to be slowing now but that could change if we get a proper summer. Nice and sweet makes a nice breakie with yoghurt.

    Again I can say if you grow in containers this one is worth a try but be aware mine are in 30ltr containers and even they can dry out very quickly.
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