I cut down my giant Swiss Chard
plants this week. They were about 10 foot tall and had gone to seed. Just look what happened when I left a few inches of stem in the ground. I will have fresh leaves all through Winter now!
and after picking one of my Queensland Blue squash,
a new one has formed at the end of the vine.
cutting back one half of my mint has forced them into forming new, fresh mint leaves.
I left the other half fot the time being because the bees just love the purple mint flowers.
Again, I picked my Delicata squash
a few days ago, and as soon as I did a couple of lovely new squashes appear. Different hormones and chemicals are produced in a plant when it doesn't have mature fruit to feed. Just think of picking sweet peas.. keep picking and more will be produced. Stop - and they will all go to seed and stop flowering.
This was the courgette plant that had its growing tip eaten off by a slug in April. 4 or 5 different growing points developed in its place! I've kept this well fed and watered and I now have a giant Black Forest Climbing Courgette!
This is just one plant!