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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Doog View Post
    It's been a bad year for peas and beans apparently. According to Gardeners Question Time it's been too wet for the bees to fly so they haven't been able to pollinate.
    My runner beans are flowering late but already had a fairly decent first crop from them. The broad beans have been thunderously good and had some peas but nothing like as good as last year. Spuds have been a bit disappointing too.

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    Cheers Lemon, as my only remaining crop I'm slightly concerned at loosing any toms of them.

    I'm actually looking forward to the winter when I can start planning next years fruit and Veg, it was very ad-hoc this time round and I think with a bit of planning will much improve my results, sad I know!

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    I've tried peas this year & last, & failed miserably both times.

    It seems that about 2 months after planting them out, the plants die. Dunno whether I'm using poor seeds, or what.
    I love peas, so will try again next year.
    Carrots & beetroot are all going great though. I'll be harvesting the first carrots in 2 weeks time.
    Praying that my toms come along in the next 2 weeks too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbridge Wolf View Post
    Cheers Lemon, as my only remaining crop I'm slightly concerned at loosing any toms of them.

    I'm actually looking forward to the winter when I can start planning next years fruit and Veg, it was very ad-hoc this time round and I think with a bit of planning will much improve my results, sad I know!
    Sprouts are always a good one to grow. Plus you can leave them in when it is winter, & harvest them christmas eve for christmas dinner!

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    Go to the shops frequently and buy some.

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    I've got a few sprouts in, but I'm not sure they have survived - I'll be able to check up on them the weekend when I get back

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    Bumped from the mists of time!

    I went and got compost this weekend. I haven't actually planted anything yet, but I've got the seeds ready.

    I need to order replacement greenhouse covers, and frosts are still forecast, so I don't want to be putting stuff out uncovered.

    I will clear some windowsills this week and plant seeds.

    This year I will grow:
    Tomatoes
    Lettuce
    Beetroot
    Carrots
    Onions
    Cucumber

    Each year I like to try something different. Today I bought a ginger (no, not kenny, the plant...). I thought it mighbe interesting.

    Anyone else having a go this year? Last year was poor weather wise, so hoping we can share some stories (after my ban...)

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    Having finally got the back end of the garden & the vege plots (3 * 12ft by 6ft raised beds) clear & prepared I am all set to go once the weather gets above freezing.

    Want to get some potatoes/onions/carrots & the usual salad items out plus putting in some raspberries for next year crop in one bed.

    Only problem so far is that the seed potatoes I bought are not chitting up properly - I suspect my shed is not the right environment.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkins left foot View Post
    Having finally got the back end of the garden & the vege plots (3 * 12ft by 6ft raised beds) clear & prepared I am all set to go once the weather gets above freezing.

    Want to get some potatoes/onions/carrots & the usual salad items out plus putting in some raspberries for next year crop in one bed.

    Only problem so far is that the seed potatoes I bought are not chitting up properly - I suspect my shed is not the right environment.
    I'm having chitting problems as well - mine are in the spare room!
    Anyway - as soon as the frost stops, they're going in!
    We never lose. We either win or we learn.

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    Main problem I have is that the Veg beds are in shade until approx. 11.00 even in mid summer



    Anyone had experience re this - it certainly affected what I got off the one bed I had managed to clear last year
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    Great to see pics PLF!
    FWIW last summer everything was rubbish, as there was no heat getting into the soil, as well as a lack of sunshine.

    I was busy this weekend. Planted lettuce (first batch, diaried dates to plant 2nd and 3rd batches). Planted over 20 tomato seeds (more in a couple of weeks). Planted a fair number of carrots, beetroot. Got about 12 cucumber seeds in I think. Set up my ginger in a decent sized pot - will be keeping my fingers crossed for that one, as it is an experiment!

    Greenhouse covers still haven't arrived, so I've commandeered most windowsills in the house & am incurring a lot of wrath!

    Next weekend I'll be planting flowers for hanging baskets (& encouraging bees) & setting out my little polytunnel in the garden.

    I also fixed the slug traps that someone had trodden on. Was nice to be outside. Next weekend is possibly going to be 17/18 degrees, & I'll be getting those greenhouses up!

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    I've grown, or at least attempted to grow most things over the last few years. My gardening philosophy has been distilled to the following:

    Grow things that are relatively expensive to buy, yet easy and plentiful to grow. Pak Choi, Rocket, Soft fruit.

    Grow things that taste so much better when home grown. Peas, runner beans, tomatoes

    Avoid things that are cheap to buy/ or otherwise not worth the space/effort. Carrots are pennies for a pound at the greengrocers. Yet they take up a fair amount of garden space, and are prone to pests like carrot fly. Therefore not worth the hassle, when that same piece of ground could have been used for rocket & other salads, saving maybe 5 a week in shopping and providing spare rocket for a few big jars of pesto.

    Avoid things that are dependant on certain weather conditions, because the weather will do exactly the opposite. Aubergines and sweet peppers were disasters for me due to damp conditions and a lack of sunlight.

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    Good advice Noddy.

    I don't have a garden at the moment but I'd love to grow my own things when I do get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noddyholder View Post
    I've grown, or at least attempted to grow most things over the last few years. My gardening philosophy has been distilled to the following:

    Grow things that are relatively expensive to buy, yet easy and plentiful to grow. Pak Choi, Rocket, Soft fruit.

    Grow things that taste so much better when home grown. Peas, runner beans, tomatoes

    Avoid things that are cheap to buy/ or otherwise not worth the space/effort. Carrots are pennies for a pound at the greengrocers. Yet they take up a fair amount of garden space, and are prone to pests like carrot fly. Therefore not worth the hassle, when that same piece of ground could have been used for rocket & other salads, saving maybe 5 a week in shopping and providing spare rocket for a few big jars of pesto.

    Avoid things that are dependant on certain weather conditions, because the weather will do exactly the opposite. Aubergines and sweet peppers were disasters for me due to damp conditions and a lack of sunlight.
    Useful - I may just have a little rethink on what goes in. Need to think about getting a small greenhouse if I am going to do this properly.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    I grow about 8 different varieties of chilli in my conservatory but germination has been poor this year. Still time for another go though so all not lost. First tomatoes just poking through so looking good, though Mrs Wilf is on the warpath as no Sungold germinated!

    Everything for outside on hold - snow only cleared the garden middle of last week. Broad beans took forever to germinate but over the last couple of days loads have appeared. Just need a bit of warmth to get them planted out.

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    Wish I could start a big Veggie patch but with all the critters and deer around it would cost a fortune in rigging something up to keep the buggers out,and just don't think it would be worth the time and effort . Chillis , Tomatoes and Blueberry's is about all I try my hand at these days. Saying that , I don't think me Blueberry bushes have survived the Winter by the looks of em.

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    On the garden front, I constructed 1 greenhouse today. It is up & almost full. The other cover still hasn't arrived, & I really would like it to arrive this week.

    I did intend to put my polytunnel up this week, but am going to give it another week or 2 before I do.

    Planted my flowers for the hanging baskets etc.

    Did want to get some other tubs today after the recent poundland purchase. Haven't been able to though. Will do so next weekend I guess.

    Next weekend will see round 2 of much plantings - carrots, beetroot and lettuce will be planted. Round 2 of tomatoes will probably be the weekend after...

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    Spuds are in their bags.
    Tumbling Toms are in their hanging basket.
    Rocket and Blueberries going in pots next week.

    It was great being out in the sun yesterday doing a bit of gardening.
    I'm not a fanatic and not very knowledgeable but I do enjoy the little bits that I do.
    We never lose. We either win or we learn.

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    Original seed potatoes did not 'chit' properly, but found a new place today where they were already ready to go, but this afternoon temperature drops by approx. 10 degrees & it feels like we are back in winter again!

    Possibly had my Spring on Saturday! I have no idea what this buggered weather is doing. I now have French bean plants in the spare bedroom as not sure that we will not get a frost again tonight.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    I have sproutage!
    It seems that both the carrots and beetroot are popping out of the soil.
    Lettuce too. Happy to see that. Planted a 2nd batch of lettuce today. Will plant a 3rd in a fortnight so trying to get a proper conveyor belt going there. Got some great tubs for lettuce from poundstretcher.

    Still nothing on the tomato front - despite the fact that it has only been 2 weeks, & it'll be another 2 weeks yet. Whilst I am not worrying about them (yet), I'm wanting to check every other day to see!

    I planted some flowers for baskets/bee attraction. Only did that last weekend & one lot of flowers is showing already (dunno which ones - I only really pay attention to the labels when it is edible).

    Must get the 2nd lot of carrots an beetroot, as well as the onions out this weekend. Last lot of flowers will need planting then too.

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    Got me mini polytunnel out this weekend. Planted within said item is carrots and onions (mainly to keep carrotfly away).

    Still have to plant a few hanging basket bits n bobs, as well as the 2nd batch of carrots this weekend.

    There's been a bit of sunshine recently, hoping that bodes well for growing weather...

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    Had a chat with one of the parents of the school I work at who runs an organic fruit & veg business. Have been offered plants (broad beans/lettuce/tomatoes/leeks) ready to go in now at minimal cost

    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    To lemon & Parkin, you both seem like really keen growers. Do you do it for the feeling of satisfaction you get from growing and eating your own veggies ? To me it seems like a lot of work goes into it ( and probably money ) when I can just go to the farmers market down the road and get produce for cents.

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    Not especially - I am somewhat of a novice as its only since I moved to this house a couple of years ago that I have had the space. The Veg beds were already here (though as the house had not been lived in for six months before & the garden left to run wild I thought there was only one, only to find 2 more when I cleared the mass of 4ft high weeds from the back half of the garden). Had the choice of removing them or using them.

    Find I am getting more into it now - good for exercise & cheaper than a gym. Food from it does however seem to taste better than shop bought, though that might be psychological.
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    no it does taste better trust me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittpenguinbabe View Post
    To lemon & Parkin, you both seem like really keen growers. Do you do it for the feeling of satisfaction you get from growing and eating your own veggies ? To me it seems like a lot of work goes into it ( and probably money ) when I can just go to the farmers market down the road and get produce for cents.
    I started because someone gave me some tomato seeds, & changing jobs meant I had spare time. I thought "this can't be too hard, all you do is put some seeds in some mud & it'll grow". Basically, that is true!

    Firstly, a lot of stuff tastes so much better. Partly because you grew it yourself, but also because it isn't force grown to grow very quickly (too quickly to develop).
    I don't think I save any real money as a result, because you buy compost, pots, a greenhouse etc. But I have to say it isn't really hard work. Yes you turn the graden & might have a few days of heavy digging a year, plus a few days of weeding too, but a lot of other stuff isn't hard work.

    It is actually very relaxing & therapuetic after a hard days work to get home & potter about, watering, looking if stuff needs repotting into bigger pots and suchlike. I found that it is a very de-stressing past-time, which is great. The enjoyment from such pottering is wonderful, & the main reason I carried on. It's got bigger each year, as I keep trying to grow something different.

    It's also lovely to share what you've grown with someone. My dad fell out with me last year when I didn't grow any cucumbers (he thinks they're lovely, but can't stand shop bought ones). Some friends have been genuinely shocked at how flavour-some home grown can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemonjelly View Post
    It is actually very relaxing & therapuetic after a hard days work to get home & potter about, watering, looking if stuff needs repotting into bigger pots and suchlike. I found that it is a very de-stressing past-time, which is great.
    Agree with this - just spent a good hour in the sun planting out French & runner beans plus some lettuce (all free from my Organic veg supplier). Really relaxing after work so a good end to the day (double bonus 'tit Monday' has finally reached the West County as well)
    This year we will mainly be conquering Europe

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    My 2nd greenhouse cover has arrived.
    That means I can't wait to get outside this weekend & plant a few more seeds!

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    watered under the polytunnel today, & saw evidence of those vile slugs!
    2nd greenhouse cover had arrived this week though, so put that up.

    Been busy pottering otherwise - 2nd batch of tomatoes planted (can see the shoots of 2 plants in the first tray planted!)

    Planted more beetroot in a large tub. Planted a few more carrots and onions.

    Also planted out 3 hanging baskets for colour & bee encouragement. Noticed that the flowers I planted in the 3 trays a few weeks ago are now also starting to come through.

    Been using some of the "home made" compost too for the first time.

    Only thing with no movement at all, is the ginger...

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    Planted some Kale into pots and when they're growing will move to the raised bed. 4 of them will take up half that space so I'm still deciding to what to put next to them. The wife has bought some salads on a strip so I expect they will go in.

    We did aubergines last year and had loads of them but after trying them deciding I can't stand the things so I won't be doing them again.

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