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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 2nd Jan 18, 5:21 PM
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    The ups and downs and ins and outs of growing your own, 2018
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 5:21 PM
    The ups and downs and ins and outs of growing your own, 2018 2nd Jan 18 at 5:21 PM
    Hello folks and welcome to the 2018 grow your own thread! I'm a day late with this, sorry. You can blame the New Year's Day hangover!

    Everyone is welcome. Come and tell us about your growing shenanigans

    What do you like to grow?

    Are you going to try anything different this year?

    Did you try anything different last year? Did you like it? Would you grow it again?

    Do you have any tips for growing?

    Do you make anything with what you grow?

    How much does growing your own save you?



    Happy new year, and happy growing!


    I'll use this post for links that folks might find useful. If you want something adding in, please just let me know

    There's a fab Facebook group called "Allotment Life" I'm not affiliated to it in any way but it's a fab little group. It's a closed group but is worth looking up if you're on Facebook. Or there is a fab group called "Allotment Club - mind your peas and cues"
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 2nd Jan 18, 5:31 PM
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    Well folks, I'll try and be around a bit more for this years thread!

    I've decided that two plots on two sites with a full time job is just too much so I've applied to the council to get a plot on the chicken site. There's one I've got my eye on so I'm hoping that I'll get it quite soon I'm already making plans for it there is a lot of work needs doing to that plot but with two of us there daily because of the chickens it shouldn't be too difficult to do
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    • Princess Money Penny
    • By Princess Money Penny 2nd Jan 18, 7:40 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 7:40 PM
    Hello really want to make a success of growing things this year! Normally I grow lots from seed and then either get overwhelmed or loose interest from about June/July so don't get much produce or just do t do anything with it I've decided to just stick to three veggies this year - courgette, pepper and tomatoes. Any good ideas for seeds? I also want to grow some bedding plants (pansies, marigolds and geraniums) from seed never done this so will see how we go. We also just moved in in December to a well established medium sized garden. No greenhouse but can't wait to see what springs up this year!
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 2nd Jan 18, 9:07 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 9:07 PM
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    I've decided to dial it back a little this year so it's less of a chore (last year's chemo really took it out of me). I'm emptying last year's growbags into various areas of the garden. Got some onions in, but still need to plant shallots and garlic. As for the rest, I might take a kind of potager approach and see what happens

    I've still got some of last year's tomatoes in the fridge...

    I go for a nice old fashioned variety, Ailsa Craig. I think they're really tasty and I just can't eat anything shop bought anymore - by comparison they're just too watery
    • Well Preserved
    • By Well Preserved 3rd Jan 18, 9:16 AM
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    I’m going to try and join in this year, if that’s ok. I share an allotment but it’s a half-hour walk away and I don’t drive so at least it keeps me a bit fitter! I do sometimes get a lift. At home I’ve just got a brand spanking new greenhouse which should make for a much better tomato season, at least. And I got one of those quadgrow things for my birthday and an IKea hydroponics set for Christmas - still to get my head round those but look promising. On the downside I had to sacrifice a golden gage tree, 2 small apple trees and my raspberry canes to get 5he greenhouse in.
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    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 18, 11:02 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 11:02 AM
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    You may find the raspberry canes reappear either conveniently to one side or inconveniently through the floor if enough suckers survived underground. It tends to try to migrate. Mine tried to make it up the garden, but two years of removing suckers from the vegetable patch persuaded it to head in a different direction
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    • By Well Preserved 3rd Jan 18, 1:34 PM
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    Yes that could be an issue, though I think they may head in another direction - at least I hope so!
    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 3rd Jan 18, 10:47 PM
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    I am still planning/weeding away on my allotment. Went up today and have lost my trowel. With all the mud the yellow handle became invisible and I put it down and have lost it!


    It was lovely and quiet and although muddy I can see things taking shape.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Jan 18, 8:22 AM
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    I haven't even chosen my seeds for this year yet but in terms of tomatoes I know we will try Black Russian, Sungold (used to be F1 hybrid) for cherry toms plus a couple of italian culinary tomatoes such as Costaluto Genovese or Fiorentino. We also had a black cherry (chocolate cherry), gardeners' delight and some sort of plum tomato this year but just too many really so probably just 4 varieties for 2018
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    • simplelivingislandlife
    • By simplelivingislandlife 4th Jan 18, 12:48 PM
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    Hello,

    Can I pop along on this journey to? I only have a few fruit plants in my very small garden this year but am looking at becoming as self-sufficient as I can do, so will need all the help I can get
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    • LostinTransit
    • By LostinTransit 4th Jan 18, 8:30 PM
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    Hello
    Hopefully this year I will be growing broad beans,these seem to be bulletproof and never let me down (tempting fate I know),black beans which I've never grown before but I think are similar to broad beans,French beans which I did try a couple of years ago,started them off indoors in pots,they grew well but as soon as I planted them out the slimeys ate them within days ��I shall grow them in two long troughs and make a bean arch,onions are on the menu and finally tomatoes,I never have any luck growing them from seed so will buy them as small plants,which does limit me variety wise but there you go.
    As for varieties I tend to go for unusual over proven so will peruse the Jungle seeds website.
    Looking forward to reading everybody else's trials and tribulations,I lurked on last years thread but hopefully will have more of an input this year.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 5th Jan 18, 10:11 AM
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    We are in East Anglia (duh, as per my name!) and so it is quite warm and dry and we successfully grew borlotti beans last year. I highly recommend them. They are quite heavy plants and a bit bushier than runners but just as easy and part of the same rotation of beds.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 5th Jan 18, 10:21 AM
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    Hello Hello Hello!

    Lovely new shiny thread for the year YAY

    Yesterday was a fruitful day for me in terms of allotment linked bargains. H***Base had some clearance items, 50l of compost for £2 which is what I initially went for, and some houseplants reduced too. Plus some rubble sacks (I pull the bindweed up and put it in these) and an electric propagator for £13! They also had some collapsible pull along trolleys for £10 so I might be heading back there today for one of those. They also have a large crate full of cardboard free to take so I'm acquiring some of that too for my raised beds.

    Whilst shifting the 500l of compost I bought in my wheelbarrow (which was on its last legs anyway....) well its last leg became no leg! All I could think of was :
    'Well at least this is the last two bags of compost'

    and following quickly by
    'This wheelbarrow will look lovely planted up!'

    This year I am planning on an absolute multitude of things to grow! Squashes will feature quite heavily. I was sent some wonderful seeds from an IG friend in US from Baker Creek, heirloom seeds.

    The plot is in need of some heavy duty work, but alas it seems to be constantly raining! My very best plus point for the year is that DH has changed jobs and is now a FireFighter, which means shifts, and not mon-fri 9-5 working so LOTS more free time for me to go up and the plot and him to hang out DS.

    I think my first sowings will be some chillies, tomatoes, broad beans and cauliflowers - the packet says to sow year round?! So I'll give it a bash

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    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 7th Jan 18, 2:41 PM
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    Hi all!
    I'm hoping to grow some veg and herbs in containers this year (we only have a small paved yard) so fingers crossed it works out! There's a lot of long plant pots out there already so that's a good start, but I'm not sure where the soil in them has come from or how to tell whether it's good enough to plant in?
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 7th Jan 18, 2:56 PM
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    Riotlady - as you don’t know what was in the pots I suggest you empty them out, thoroughly clean them and put in fresh compost before planting anything.
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    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 7th Jan 18, 3:01 PM
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    Thanks Jazee, I'll do that.
    This might be a daft question, but when you say clean them do you mean just with water or with actual cleaning products?
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    • By Jazee 7th Jan 18, 5:45 PM
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    Thanks Jazee, I'll do that.
    This might be a daft question, but when you say clean them do you mean just with water or with actual cleaning products?
    Originally posted by riotlady
    Soapy water and a scrubbing brush should do the trick.
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    • NigeWick
    • By NigeWick 8th Jan 18, 9:44 AM
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    What do you like to grow?

    Are you going to try anything different this year?

    Did you try anything different last year? Did you like it? Would you grow it again?

    Do you have any tips for growing?

    Do you make anything with what you grow?

    How much does growing your own save you?
    Originally posted by Dizzy Ditzy
    I have a half plot allotment which is half a rood. I decided to go no dig with deep beds and have 20 16' x 4' beds and another half dozen 8' x 4' ones. I got set up last year and put weed suppressing material and wood chippings on the paths so that I don't get muddy shoes/boots.

    I like to grow veg that is more expensive in the shops and to that end I've got a greenhouse with lettuce in pots and beetroot in soil at present. When that's cropped there will be tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in there. I will grow first early potatoes but not main crop as they are so cheap (£5 a sack last year) here. I saved broad bean seed and have sowed a succession in autumn and I shall follow that up next month for more. I also saved runner bean and dwarf french bean seed too. I'll be growing beetroot, celery, celeriac, radishes, lettuce from seed. There's a chap on site who has access to brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli and leek plants so I will be getting those from him. I've got shallots and garlic in and will be planting plenty of onion sets in due course. On the soft fruit front, I have plenty of different strawberry varieties, rhubarb, raspberries and gooseberries plus a couple of blackberry plants. I have ordered a couple of "hanging blackberry" plants and will attach these to the shed.

    I will be trying some companion planting to try and avoid pest damage.

    My only tip is to get plenty of organic matter into the soil as it really does help with moisture retention and makes it easy to work.

    My wife makes soup from the veg but we tend to eat the majority of my crops.

    I have spent so much on setting up the shed, greenhouse, deep beds, cloches and cold frame that my veg and soft fruit is really expensive. That said, I reckon that in a few years it will be paying for itself. I am more concerned with the provenance of my food than expense, but, cost will come down and I will be getting some exercise & fresh air.
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    • TalyaStone
    • By TalyaStone 8th Jan 18, 1:59 PM
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    We had a nightmare growing our own last year - we tried everything to keep slugs at bay but in the end we lost. I think this year we are going to try growing out of raised tables. Does anyone else do this?
    • NigeWick
    • By NigeWick 9th Jan 18, 9:30 AM
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    we tried everything to keep slugs at bay but in the end we lost.
    Originally posted by TalyaStone
    I tried nematodes but did it when the weather was too dry and there's no mains water on our allotment. Beer traps and organic slug pellets helped and although I got some slug damage, it wasn't too bad until we started getting the wet weather later in the year. Even then, there was plenty of undamaged crops to eat.

    I have now got a full 1,000 litre water butt and will try nematodes again when the new growing season starts. I have still got a beer trap in the greenhouse and the lettuces & beetroot are fine so far. Touch wood.
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