Interesting root vegetables?

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Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Steady » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:54 pm

Thinking about something new to grow next year and wondering aside from eddoes and ginger what might be out there in supermarkets to try?

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Conifers » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:48 pm

Turnips? Potatoes? :twisted:

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by tropical Tom » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:01 pm

Sweet potatoes, ideally in a greenhouse or polytunnel, very exotic vine :D

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Post by Steady » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:00 pm

Conifers wrote:Turnips? Potatoes? :twisted:
Could start now then in time for Christmas! Am partial to roasted turnips....

Steady

Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Steady » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:07 pm

tropical Tom wrote:Sweet potatoes, ideally in a greenhouse or polytunnel, very exotic vine :D
Looked at some pics and might be worth a try, cheap as chips and tasty too!!

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Springy » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:35 pm

Bulls blood beetroot is something I am going to try this year. icon_sunny


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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Springy » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:18 am

Smart-'arris! :lol: Job done! icon_study icon_thumright

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by The Codfather » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:56 pm

giant artichoke.....the flowers are great !
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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Kristen » Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:12 pm

The Codfather wrote:giant artichoke.....the flowers are great !
Are you referring to Cardoons or something else maybe? I've got Cardoons (grew from a packet of seed, only cost a quid or two) but if its something else I'll probably WOOT !

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by The Codfather » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:38 pm

AKA - Martin

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Kristen » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:56 pm

The Codfather wrote:The third from last pic http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... 6&start=15
Thanks :)

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I think its a Cardoon, might be an Artichoke though (same family).

I had a google for Cardoons that might be bigger / more dramatic than the normal ones; didn't find much. Most of the talk is about cooking / flavour (both Cardoon and Artichoke) and some are bred to have less prickly leaves / straighter leaves etc. which would all be negative points for an Exotic garden I reckon.

There is this seed called "Gigante" (I found one grown by a user of MyFolia, and the picture makes it look big and the leaves are somewhat finely cut, so might look more dramatic than the bog standard ones)
http://b-and-t-world-seeds.com/carth.as ... ref=551464

MyFolia image:
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The one I have is Cynara cardunculus 'Porto Spineless' from Chiltern Seeds
http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item.php?id=428M
sorry - gave away the rest of the seed packet only a few weeks ago :(

"This is a fine, moderately-sized variety of ornamental Cardoon specially bred for cut-flower use."

so maybe there are larger ones to be had.

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Post by The Codfather » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:58 pm

The head on that was like a football....
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Post by Kristen » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:04 pm

The Codfather wrote:The head on that was like a football....
Did you take a cutting then? If not: Why not? :lol:

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Re: Interesting root vegetables?

Post by Conifers » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:13 pm

Kristen wrote:I think its a Cardoon, might be an Artichoke though (same family).
Not just same family; same species Cynara cardunculus. Artichoke is a cultivar group (Scolymus Group) of Cardoon, selected for being less spiny, and more edible.

Here's a wild-type Cardoon:
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