I have planted my first things

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fluffypebble

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« on: February 18, 2007, 19:33 »
and now ache like h*ll.

Dug my border to my plot, then a small bed which has my jerusalem artichoke and a plant I was given yesterday which can be eaten but has big purple flowers - apparently you blanche the stalks and they taste like celery - I have no idea what it is called.

Collected 3 loads of bricks and deposited them at said plot, made a border for my first bed with some of the bricks.

Did I mention that I ache?  I feel sooooooo good though.  This plan is coming together.

Oh and I met my plot neighbours, nice young couple, know less than me, there is no hope.

Big thanks to everyone who gave me the confidence to go for it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2007, 20:13 »
sounds like salsify . rhubabrb leaves like plaant with purple or yellow in its leaves .if it is .. they lied lol its taste is ermmmmmmmmmm ? and now the weather for your area is  :wink:
still alive /............

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WG.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2007, 20:19 »
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sounds like salsify
That'll be why you don't like salsify MJ - you're supposed to eat the root.

Fluffy - I reckon you might have got cardoon in which case it'll occupy half of your garden in no time at all.   Does it have leaves like a thistle?  Search Google images for pics.

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fluffypebble

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2007, 20:23 »
Thats it Whisky - Cardoon. Planted in top corner and will keep an eye on it.  Thanks for the warning.

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WG.

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2007, 20:26 »
Just don't let the * set seed.

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fluffypebble

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2007, 20:35 »
Is it obvious, or do I need to read up on it?

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WG.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007, 20:41 »
I've never grown it but Dr Hessayon put me off the idea.  Striking plant by all accounts, 6ft high, lovely foliage but basically inedible and prone to taking over.  Related to globe artichoke.

Quote from: "http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2621.2003.00735.x/abs/"
In Australia, the cardoon plant (also called wild artichoke), is a declared noxious weed found in high concentrations in the southern states of Victoria  



Anyone with practical experience?

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muntjac

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007, 20:50 »
i knew i had got that wrong as soon as i said it ,doh .im thinking that other jucky stuff i dont like looks like rhubarb leaves as i said ,, i meant chard lol

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007, 21:16 »
Your secret is safe with me MJ.  Anyone know how much it costs to put an announcement in the Sunday Times !!   :D  :D

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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2007, 22:44 »
I grow them but mainly for their beauty as in my opinion they taste auful. Maybe I need to work on the blanching a bit more. 8)  The flowers can be cut and dried for floral arangements and the plants look stunning if given a good position.

Seedlings are never a problem, just carefully dig them up and charge a £1 each. :twisted:

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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2007, 22:50 »
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the plants look stunning if given a good position
What kinda area do they take up Eristic?

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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2007, 23:24 »
To grow as vegatables they will manage ok at 2ft spacings but for a floral display 3-4ft all round or plant a small group together.  The veg are harvested in their first year but the plant does not normally flower until the 2nd year and then it can get very large.

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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2007, 23:25 »
for pointing that out WG....i was thinking of growing a cardoon for the flowers....hmmm sounds like the dreaded thistle and takes over. Me think i will rethink that one.

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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2007, 13:36 »
No problem ziggy

Well I've got fed up waiting and am off to plant some stuff 'cos its a nice day and the soil is in great condition.   Doubtless I'll regret it since winter is far from over.  March 2006 we had snow on the ground for nearly the whole month.



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