The giant sunflower has flowered

I don’t know if they stop growing once they have flowered so we thought it best to take a measurement…. 12′ 3″ (3.73 meters).

Definitely a personal best but I suspect it won’t be enough to win the local competition. All the plants in the local competition were from the same source  so it was a level playing field.

The giant sunflower has flowered
Giant Sunflower Competition

Later on I accepted an invite to verify the height of the sunflower grown by Mr Peter Ball of Banks, Southport. It was 12’5.5″ so was 2.5 inches higher than mine. I really don’t think it counts though as he has had a massive sodium light on above it throughout the nights AND he lives in Banks. Cheats the lot of ’em.

Giant sunflower grown by Peter Ball of Banks
12′ 5.5″ sunflower grown by Peter Ball

 

 

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Hydroponic Lemongrass Update

A quick view on the progress of our fresh lemongrass being trialled in two simple hydroponic systems; both in a polytunnel that has no electrical supply.

Pot Culture
One is a very simple ‘pot culture’ system where the plants are in a soil medium with a capillary wick which dangles down into a reservoir containing the nutrient solution.

Hydroponic Pot Culture Lemon Grass
Hydroponic ‘Pot Culture’ Lemon Grass

Drip Irrigation
When the sun shines, our solar powered pump circulates the nutrient solution from the reservoir to the top of the clay balls in which the lemongrass plants are sitting. There is no other medium around the roots, just the clay balls.

Lemongrass growing in solar drip irrigation
Solar powered drip irrigation hydroponic system

Both systems are performing very well and a nice fresh Thai curry is very much anticipated soon!

 

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Surplus Veg

Even though we are nearing the end of July, the sun has not done much shining, whilst it is relatively early in the growing season yet we have more than enough home grown vegetables to warrant a real treat of mediterranean style rustic roast vegetables (with a sneaky little sweetcorn starter while we are waiting).

Roughly chopped onion, courgette, tomato and garlic with rosemary, sea salt, ground black pepper and a good slug of extra virgin olive oil and a splash of good quality balsamic.

40mins at 200 degrees. Mmmm. Could only be bettered if done in a wood fired oven!

Home grown sweetcorn
Freshly picked sweetcorn
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Freshly cocked sweetcorn
Freshly cooked home grown sweetcorn
Rustic roasted vegetables
Mediterranean style roasted vegetables

 

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