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The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby TailWindHome » Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:14 pm

Anyone on here growing their own fruit or veg.

Thinking of giving it a go this year.


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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:32 pm

Now I have a balcony I'm planning to grow a bunch of cooking herbs. Waiting till it warms up a bit first.

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Postby rjsterry » Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:45 pm

There's quite a few on here with a veg patch IIRC. Need to give the spuds a rest this year to avoid blight, but will probably try some more carrots in bags and the usual toms in the greenhouse. Not sure what else to try - runners did very well; brassicas were a dead loss, but I do have some insect mesh now. Hmmmm.
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Postby cyclingprop » Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:45 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:Now I have a balcony I'm planning to grow a bunch of cooking herbs. Waiting till it warms up a bit first.


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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby rjsterry » Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:47 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:Now I have a balcony I'm planning to grow a bunch of cooking herbs. Waiting till it warms up a bit first.


Start'em off as seedlings in a window cill propagator (seed tray with a clear plastic lid) so that they've got a head start
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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby fill_uk » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:00 pm

I was going to give it a go this year as i have a bigger garden and a conservatory that'll get warm enough to start things off in. Plus the kids are old enough to help out and learn a bit this year Currently in the process of ripping up a load of old plants and decking to try and make the garden safe/usable .

I'm just rubbish at growing stuff. There was one summer some time ago that was hot and i managed to grow loads of chilies, since then nothing so would be good to pick up any tips people have.

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Postby rhext » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:01 pm

Yes, I'll be sowing a load as usual. Then I'll spend the rest of the year watching the resulting plants struggle to survive as bad weather, pests and weeds render them completely inedible. Also as usual!

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Postby The Fuggler » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:07 pm

I had an allotment before I moved. Generally, it was very much trial and error and what would work one year, will not necessarily work the next! Well worth having a look for a book in your friendly local book shop to act as a reference. I think the RHS do a nice book. Can't stand the woman, but Carol Klein does a half decent reference too.
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Postby msmancunia » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:22 pm

I'm going to give it a try this year. My garden is mainly paved with raised beds around the edges so it will mainly be pots and growbags, but going to at least attempt some strawberries and tomatoes and maybe a bit of salady stuff.
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Postby jds_1981 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:45 pm

Got some mushrooms growing in the conservatory. Just found you can grow them on used coffee grounds (Which are given away at work) so think I'm set on Oyster mushrooms for life.
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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby mudcow007 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 15:47 pm

i did rhubarb, courgettes, toms, peppers, chillies, redcurrants, whitecurrents, strawberries an gooseberries last year

im thinking beans this year
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Postby notsoblue » Thu Feb 28, 2013 16:01 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:Now I have a balcony I'm planning to grow a bunch of cooking herbs. Waiting till it warms up a bit first.

Tomatoes work well on balconies. I had a 3kg yield from some that were grown in a growbag on a south-east facing balcony one year. You just need to keep them well watered, and in the sun.

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Postby MrSweary » Thu Feb 28, 2013 16:26 pm

Growing courgettes, toms and possibly some spuds this year. Did courgettes, toms and aubergines last year. Toms and courgettes went great guns. Aubergines - we managed one. Perfectly formed, about 4cm long! The moussaka wasn't as filling as I'd have liked...
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Postby Wrath Rob » Thu Feb 28, 2013 16:34 pm

In general if you've got limited space then focus on stuff that's expensive in the shops but easy to grow. Salad, beans, mange tout, tomatoes and courgettes are all very easy to grow, don't take up too much space and produce good crops.
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Postby rjsterry » Thu Feb 28, 2013 16:38 pm

Forgot to mention our Jerusalem artichokes (stick in ground and leave - nice sunflower + edible tuber at the end of the season), and our black currants, and cherries. Have to watch the latter as pigeons tend to go for them just before they are ripe.

BTW, if you end up with a lot of unripe toms at the end of the season, they make the basis of a good chutney.
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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby FoldingJoe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:47 pm

Yep, normally a few different varieties of toms in the greenhouse and runner beans, courgettes, peas or whatever takes our fancy outside in the beds.

Bizzarely, and I heard that this was the case on a R4 prog sometime last year, our plum tree only fruits every other year.
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Postby FoldingJoe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:48 pm

And the Good Life pic reminds me - leeks always seem to do well.
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Postby Danlikesbikes » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:54 pm

House move soon & can't wait. Would not say that I am green fingered myself and nor is the other half but I do love my cooking & like the idea of homegrown ingredients.

The place we are buying has apple, pear & plum trees and understood to have a good crop. Just need think about what else to plant - but guess peoples suggestions will be the simple & most often used things such as salad greens, herbs, leeks, courgettes etc
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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby rhext » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:57 pm

FoldingJoe wrote:Yep, normally a few different varieties of toms in the greenhouse and runner beans, courgettes, peas or whatever takes our fancy outside in the beds.

Bizzarely, and I heard that this was the case on a R4 prog sometime last year, our plum tree only fruits every other year.


I think there's something you can do about that. I believe it's a symptom of it fruiting too heavily one year and then needing a year to recover, after which it has another bumper crop because it recovered too well. There might be some advice on the internet - eg about pruning it or feeding it or thinning the fruit.

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Re: The 'Grow Your Own' Thread

Postby rhext » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:59 pm

FoldingJoe wrote:Yep, normally a few different varieties of toms in the greenhouse and runner beans, courgettes, peas or whatever takes our fancy outside in the beds.

Bizzarely, and I heard that this was the case on a R4 prog sometime last year, our plum tree only fruits every other year.


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