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Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 12:22 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

In light of kayak storage pictures, I'm curious how many folks over your way grow cold hardy greens in their poly-tunnels this time of year?

It's not really enough sunlight to get growth, but if you establish them in the late fall, they charge forward as days start lengthening in February.

Eliot Coleman's books are sort of the bible of winter growing over here
https://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Coleman/e/B000APSTD0

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7249
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Get one (now I want one)

Put a seat in it and take coffee out there. It only lets the nice weather in, and would be a lovely place to hide, erm, relax.


When Mr Shan's brother & sister-in-law stayed with us, I regularly hid/relaxed in the greenhouse. I knew the lazy buggers would never come looking for me.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33710
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
In light of kayak storage pictures, I'm curious how many folks over your way grow cold hardy greens in their poly-tunnels this time of year?

It's not really enough sunlight to get growth, but if you establish them in the late fall, they charge forward as days start lengthening in February.

Eliot Coleman's books are sort of the bible of winter growing over here
https://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Coleman/e/B000APSTD0


Cold hardy greens? Kale and the like?

We don't let people who grow kale have internet access. They're not good people.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4787
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Slim wrote:
In light of kayak storage pictures, I'm curious how many folks over your way grow cold hardy greens in their poly-tunnels this time of year?

It's not really enough sunlight to get growth, but if you establish them in the late fall, they charge forward as days start lengthening in February.

Eliot Coleman's books are sort of the bible of winter growing over here
https://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Coleman/e/B000APSTD0


Cold hardy greens? Kale and the like?

We don't let people who grow kale have internet access. They're not good people.


Oh you innocent wee babe tossing out kale like it's the only cold hardy green!

The big money is in spinach but lettuces, beet greens, chard, corn mache, claytonia, mustard greens, mizuna, pac choi/tat soi/bok choy/etc are all grown!

Some people do cilantro, or overwinter rosemary and/or parsley (which we can't normally do here)

Your crazy notion of sprouting broccoli is only now just starting to catch on over here. Apologies for the following sentence: I was the only person I knew, that knew of purple sprouting broccoli about 5 or 6 years ago, and I only knew about because I've seen you folk mention it here!

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33710
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Be the smart person. Don't cook it in water. Cook it in fat, with red chilli. Makes it even better.

Knob of butter, drop of olive oil. Sweat it in that for about four minutes and sprinkle with dried chilli flakes and minced fresh red chilli. Turns it into an amazing dish.

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 17 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Slim wrote:
I was the only person I knew, that knew of purple sprouting broccoli about 5 or 6 years ago, and I only knew about because I've seen you folk mention it here!


If you know about saag too then our work here is done.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Slim wrote:
I was the only person I knew, that knew of purple sprouting broccoli about 5 or 6 years ago, and I only knew about because I've seen you folk mention it here!


If you know about saag too then our work here is done.


sprouting broccoli saag? All I know about saag is saag paneer and that is few and far between these parts

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33710
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then we're not done with your education. Buckle up. I'll fetch Tahir.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7249
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Slim wrote:
In light of kayak storage pictures, I'm curious how many folks over your way grow cold hardy greens in their poly-tunnels this time of year?

It's not really enough sunlight to get growth, but if you establish them in the late fall, they charge forward as days start lengthening in February.

Eliot Coleman's books are sort of the bible of winter growing over here
https://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Coleman/e/B000APSTD0


Cold hardy greens? Kale and the like?

We don't let people who grow kale have internet access. They're not good people.

Not been very diligent have you? I grow kale and I eat it and I like it! I ALSO grow Swiss Chard.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33710
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The post above me is just white noise. Is there a problem?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7249
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE SWISS CHARD KALE

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33710
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Let this be a warning to you kids. Be like Zammo. Just say no (to kale).

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4787
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Luckily he won't be able to read this, but wait until Nick hears that my OH makes us kale smoothies almost every morning. That's right, we even drink the stuff! (plus a bunch of fruit, it tastes great and not like sucking down lawn clippings the way I imagined it would the first time I tried)

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7249
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 17 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I might have to try that! Well, as long as it tastes nothing like wheat grass. Disgusting stuff.

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