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  • #31
    Just sowed ours. We're on the Cheshire Staffordshire border. It's always a game in my experience of not too early that they get leggy on the windowsill whilst waiting for the temperature to be right for an unheated greenhouse (very late last year, lost the first run of cucumbers) against sowing too late and getting nothing.

    Have gone for Moneymaker this year in the hope that reliability trumps fanciness

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Chippy Minton View Post
      Have gone for Moneymaker this year in the hope that reliability trumps fanciness
      +1 for reliability and Moneymaker!
      Leggyness: if you are able to overlook the dire aesthetic these cheap lamps seem to work. Run off a phone charger. Could be used to supplement windowsill daylight.
      I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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      • #33
        Anyone know of some tasty mini aubergines I could try? Our season is a lot shorter than somewhere like Cornwall. I have great success with snack peppers, so aubergines might be the same.
        Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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        • #34
          https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/au...xoClbIQAvD_BwE

          Reading this, it says you can pick and use them any size - is this feasible? Or is it September before the first 2 inch one is ready!
          Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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          • #35
            Took this photo July 4th 2017 just before the first pick of the season
            Edit to say these and the ones below are Moneymaker.
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            Last edited by Mr Bones; 13-02-2022, 09:55 AM. Reason: Add name of variety
            Location ... Nottingham

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            • #36
              And another one taken June 19th 2020. We let them grow a little bigger earlier in the season and pick them small near the end (Sept/Oct) when they tend to contain more seeds.
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              Location ... Nottingham

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              • #37
                Thank you Mr Bones, I'll try one plant and see how it goes. Fingers crossed for a decent summer.
                Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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                • #38
                  Aubergines are always eaten under-ripe. Once they are ripe they loose their shine and are not nice to eat.
                  Last edited by quanglewangle; 13-02-2022, 11:23 AM.
                  I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                  • #39
                    How do you know when to pick them?
                    Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Babru View Post
                      How do you know when to pick them?
                      Any time they are big enough but before they turn matt.
                      Mrs quanglewangle likes to stuff them so they need to be quite big.
                      Last edited by quanglewangle; 13-02-2022, 12:41 PM.
                      I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                      • #41
                        Mr Bones Your Moneymakers look different to mine. Yours seem to have purple bracts and mine are usually green. Also yours are quite slender, while mine are more teardrop shape.
                        So it seems there may be Moneymakers and Moneymakers
                        I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by quanglewangle View Post
                          Mr Bones Your Moneymakers look different to mine. Yours seem to have purple bracts and mine are usually green. Also yours are quite slender, while mine are more teardrop shape.
                          So it seems there may be Moneymakers and Moneymakers
                          How strange. We most definitely only had Moneymaker for the last few years (they're the only variety we've bought), have just checked a photo of last years and they have purple bracts too.
                          Also on King's Seeds website
                          https://www.kingsseeds.com/Products/...anum-melongena
                          Location ... Nottingham

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                          • #43
                            Ha.. looking at Moneymaker from supplier to supplier the bract changes colour and so does the shape and colour of the fruit. Bit of a lucky dip really
                            So you're right Q - it does seem like there are Moneymakers and there are Moneymakers.
                            Location ... Nottingham

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                            • #44
                              Like you Mr Bones I had a look around and it is a bit of a lucky dip.
                              I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                              • #45
                                Ok, so I've invested in a cheap lamp.
                                A couple of quick questions for those of you that use one for your seedlings.
                                How many hours a day do you leave it on for?
                                Are there disadvantages (apart from the electricity bill) for leaving it on 24/7?
                                Thanks.

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