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Old 27th June 2020, 12:56   #1 (permalink)
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Growing your own

Does not have to be in Turkey. this thread is for member to share and discuss what they are growing in their gardens or allotments, share successes and failures. Hopefully we are never too old to learn
I have to admit I am a reluctant gardener, the missus is the real star behind our produce, but she is usually too busy working in the garden to write on TLF!

So far this year we have eaten our own peas and runner beans, blackberries, cherries, carrots (from last year), sour cherries (for wine), lettuce and herbs, apricots and peaches are just about ready.
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I have 5 tomato plants that are just coming to the end of the production. About 6 Kilo so far, and to be quite honest, getting sick of tomato based cuisine - started processing them and putting them in the freezer. They are very tasty. Easy to grow in planters.

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I have 5 tomato plants that are just coming to the end of the production. About 6 Kilo so far, and to be quite honest, getting sick of tomato based cuisine - started processing them and putting them in the freezer. They are very tasty. Easy to grow in planters.

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You will enjoy them in the winter, much more tasty than anything on the market in winter. We store some as rendered down tomato puree (but not salça as such) and some we add herbs to for pizza tops. Have you tried sun drying them?
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In the UK just picked some sugar snap peas. A bit of garlic and Lemon zest in the wok for five minutes made a super lunch. Dug my first potatoes last week, had some salad crops and strawberries. A long way before the tomatoes are ready here.
How is the water supply in Turkey through the summer.
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We have cabbages, cauliflowers,potatoes, 2 varieties of carrots, onions, mixed peppers, tomatoes, 5 varieties of cucumber, Kale, the swedes bolted so got fed to the pigs, leeks went in today, strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, blackcurrants mostly all done in modest quantities as we are infested with rabbits, we have a guy down to shoot them to feed his birds of prey, either the birds are not hungry or he isnt a great shot, there were 12 or 13 on the garden at bedtime last night. We grow most in raised borders or the greenhouse, I also have 20 Chilli plants racing away producing fab looking fruit which i will dry and make hanging necklaces with a view to grinding them up in about 3 to 4 months.

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I know in our area close to Bodrum, soil, water and temperature can be an issue for growing.
IbrahimAbi, what area do you live in and what are your min and max temperatures through the year.
Growing conditions and biggest challenges?
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Been picking the outer leaves off of cabbages for a good 5 weeks now, numerous lettuce in the garden from seed dropped from sprouting lettuces last year, for some reason if I put seeds in trays to grow, they do not germinate. 12 cucumber plants, 16 tomato plants, 10 beetroot, 31 carrots, 3 fennel, 8 swede, 12 turnip, plus fruit trees, dwarf apple tree that I have had for many years has over 60 apples on it, grape vine, 3 bunches, waste of space, in the 4yrs I have had it never had a bunch to eat, dwarf pear and plum trees are only a year old so will not produce for at least another year. Picked 4 massive amounts of rhubarb so far this year.

Plus many dahlias, hollyhocks and other flowers that I grew from seed coming into flower. Will post some pics soon.
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I know in our area close to Bodrum, soil, water and temperature can be an issue for growing.
IbrahimAbi, what area do you live in and what are your min and max temperatures through the year.
Growing conditions and biggest challenges?
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We are in Isparta province, it is 1000m high, so cooler in the summer, cold in the winter. Generally the season is later here. We have green tomatoes, but no red ones yet. At one point we had 1000 dwarf apple trees, but that was too much work as we are now in our 60s. out came the apple trees (we still have about 180 for apple wine), and we planted lavender (about 140 plants). Water is not a problem as we have a lake at the bottom of the garden and we installed an irrigation system when we planted the apple trees in 2004/5. Winter can get down to -20C (rarely), summer 36C max.
Our biggest failure was rhubarb, we have failed on numerous occasions, and gave up. We have 2 olive trees, and have picked and preserved olives. Olive trees are very rare at this altitude.
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We are in Isparta province, it is 1000m high, so cooler in the summer, cold in the winter. Generally the season is later here. We have green tomatoes, but no red ones yet. At one point we had 1000 dwarf apple trees, but that was too much work as we are now in our 60s. out came the apple trees (we still have about 180 for apple wine), and we planted lavender (about 140 plants). Water is not a problem as we have a lake at the bottom of the garden and we installed an irrigation system when we planted the apple trees in 2004/5. Winter can get down to -20C (rarely), summer 36C max.
Our biggest failure was rhubarb, we have failed on numerous occasions, and gave up. We have 2 olive trees, and have picked and preserved olives. Olive trees are very rare at this altitude.
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We are in Isparta province, it is 1000m high, so cooler in the summer, cold in the winter. Generally the season is later here. We have green tomatoes, but no red ones yet. At one point we had 1000 dwarf apple trees, but that was too much work as we are now in our 60s. out came the apple trees (we still have about 180 for apple wine), and we planted lavender (about 140 plants). Water is not a problem as we have a lake at the bottom of the garden and we installed an irrigation system when we planted the apple trees in 2004/5. Winter can get down to -20C (rarely), summer 36C max.
Our biggest failure was rhubarb, we have failed on numerous occasions, and gave up. We have 2 olive trees, and have picked and preserved olives. Olive trees are very rare at this altitude.
Can I ask why that area was chosen, did you look at a number of locations in Turkey?
Believe you lived in Bodrum at one time.
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