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    Might sound a stupid question but does grapefruit tasting hops in IPA's affect the medication?
     
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    Not as far as I've noticed!
     
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    No, apparently it is the pith around the grapefruit which is the culprit.
     
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    Kestrel, one of my favourite spuds. I do enjoy growing potatoes. Something magical about burying a single wrinkly tuber and then several weeks later digging up a bucket load. And I just love eating new potatoes....
     
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    New potatoes are the best, we can't get Kestrel seed potatoes here, they are grown commercially so I take the chance and get them from the supermarket. My favourite are King Edward but the yield isn't as good. I always make sure I cook plenty for dinner so I can have a fry up with them for breakfast.
    Took awhile for spuds to get to Europe, and a bit of trivia, spuds were the first vegetable to be grown in space.
     
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    My hydro polytunnel is getting greener by the day, cucumbers coming along nicely as are the tomatoes, beans about ready to start harvesting and more beans ready to go in.
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    Tomatoes just starting to be picked, only the yellow Honey Bee at the moment.
    Sweet corn planted in staggered rows about 3 weeks apart.
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    Expecting a bumper crop of Passion fruit, table grapes and pears this year.
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    Not the hops but some beers are using grapefruit extract to boost that flavour profile (the Malt Miller sells the extract too) and I’m not sure they even have to declare it on the ingredients for beer so you might want to be careful with those type of IPA’s.

    Some amazing and inspiring growing in this thread!
     
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    Foxy, you tease us UK growers when we're lucky to be pulling sprouts, leeks, and cauliflowers out of the ground at the moment
     
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    Same goes for me in your summer and our winter. Gets a bit harsh though we got 44 C the other day and it has fried my climbing beans tips, waiting to see what the plants will do now.
     
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    OK looked this up on Google, it is called Sun scald, I have now covered my French climbing beans with shade cloth, I can hear the horses bolting.
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    Every living thing has one common denominator, survival, now this bean (Kings Cobra) will either throw up a new growing tip or produce beans beneath the tip, I can't see a recovery of this plant so I will go for bean production below the tip. I do hope that a new growing tip emerges, means more beans. So Subtle Duck you see that our summers can be harder for us vegetable growers "Down Under' .41 C tomorrow before a respite for a couple of days then climbing back up again.
    The tomatoes are now starting to colour up. 'Come on you Reds'
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    Pleased to say the badly scorched french beans have thrown out new runners and are going nicely.
    Tomatoes in the poly tunnel have been snapping the support twine, didn't realise how big the Cherokee Purple grow.
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    First of the sweet corn, never made it to the house, delicious. Next year will grow them in tight knit clumps so they pollinate better, after reading up on them that is why one gets patches where corn should be but isn't.
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    Making some passata today from the cherry tomatoes. Still got plenty on their way but smaller, the large Money Maker are still producing as is the Cherokee Purple, had a couple almost the size of dinner plates, very fleshy and sweet.
    Zucchini, I let a couple go big, scoop out the seeds stuff them with mushrooms onion garlic, Asian egg plant and pork mince.
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    We've had a new electric propagator so planted 5 varieties of tomato,3of chilli,aubergines and sweet peppers.
     
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    Quite a few nice plants you got growing in there foxy. Especially the herbs........
     
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    Hoddy, the herbs are not for me, I make oil from them, when I first made the oil I didn't know that I was supposed to cut it with good quality olive oil. My wife tried it, stating she was immune to cannabis having had some cookies made out of the leaves. Half a grain of rice size of the drop of the oil I had made within 1 hour and twenty minutes had her crawling around the lounge room floor mooing like a cow. I now cut it back with hemp oil and give it to the woman across the road who has liver cancer, and believe it or not it isn't the ambulance which calls 2 or 3 times a week to her door the Meals on Wheels is calling twice a day and I don't think she is getting just meals.
     
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    Clint the peppers will take off and the aubergines like you wouldn't believe, you are moving to your spring now and will be giving them a good start as with the tomatoes. We are moving into autumn and I am now starting all my winter crops though I do have a late variety tomato I will grow through winter.
    I have about 3 or 4 years of Kitchen Garden magazine from the UK and I wish that the allotment would take off over here. There are what they call community gardens but nothing like you have in the UK.
     
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    I was a bit late planting aubergine and peppers last year and they didn't produce much.. I'm trying harder this year!
    Just been looking tomato and some chilli have germinated already! They've been in less than a week...super quick for chillies.
    It's a new variety I'm trying called white caterpillar..
     
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    White caterpillar.....I think that is the same as or very close to Turtles Claw. If so it is a brilliant pepper. Good heat, manageable fruit size, lovely citrus/ hab flavour. Plants are compact, early enough for a hab, and very productive
     
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