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March Update: What are you growing in 2006?
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Old 01-03-2006, 10:25 PM
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Smile March Update: What are you growing in 2006?

Here is the March thread to continue the discussion about what Oldstylers are growing in 2006.

If anyone wants to catch up here are the first two threads in the series:

What are you Growing in 2006?

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...t=growing+2006

February Update: What are you Growing in 2006?

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&page=1&pp=40


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Don't let the snow put you off thinking about how you can become a bit more self-sufficient in 2006 - it's already time to start growing from seed on the windowsill!!
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:03 PM
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Snow? What snow? We've not even had a dusting.
I got a pack of the free gardeners world chilli seeds (numex) so I'll be planting them this month. I'm not doing potatoes this year as last years crop was poor so I'll give them a miss. Instead we are growing sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli, onions, beetroot, green beans, tomatoes and cucumber. I don't have a big garden so there will only be a few of each but I'm going to try mixing in some veg with the flowers in my front garden too.
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:10 PM
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Ooh, I hadn't thought about using the front garden for veggies - what sort would you grow Troll? (I don't mean to sound snobbish, I live in a very little house, but my neighbours might raise their eyebrows at potatoes out front!!!)

Are there any 'pretty' things you can put in the front?? Something to coordinate with the geraniums, perhaps??!!!
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Old 02-03-2006, 1:37 AM
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I've been doing a lot of tidying up out the back this last few days and most of the last weekend. Trimming the shrubs, tidying the borders, the inside of the shed is a tip...it never ends.. hee hee ... but quite a lot of seeds will be planted this month. I will update / edit this post in a few days time.

Sunday 5th March
The seeds that were planted a couple of weeks ago are doing fine on the kitchen window sill - hooray. Today I have been trying to dig out an old tree stump which is buried in a corner of the new extended veggie patch - good grief.... I ache from head to toe at the moment. The stump thingy is only about 6" diameter but will have to be dug out as far as possible. Should be done this week sometime - I need a nice cup of tea at the moment....
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Old 02-03-2006, 7:50 AM
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I dont have much garden, but this year im going to attempt to grow some herbs, i have mint and chives on my window sill (inside) at the moment, waiting for the weather to improve before i put them outside, and hopefully will grow a few more types as well!!!!
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Old 02-03-2006, 8:46 AM
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We dont have a very big garden so i do a lot of my growing in large pots - so hopefully this year we will be enjoying tomatoes and sweetcorn and also a large selection of herbs.
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Old 02-03-2006, 9:41 AM
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I sewed sewn planted some trays of seeds yesterday - basil, tomatoes, nasturtium and chives so far ... but I'm rapidly running out of window sill space ... doesn't help that the cats keep nicking the best ones :rolleyes:

I keep looking out for greenhouses on freecycle but the couple I've spotted so far have been grabbed before I even get chance to read the email! I might have to try and get hold of one of those little poly ones for the time being.

Whilst on the subject of gardening, I need to do quite a lot of work to my garden to tidy it up, and to be honest I'm not sure where to even start

There's a scruffy looking hedging plant that runs the full length of the garden that I really want to take out, but I don't even know what it is or what type of root system it has and how deep they go etc. It has long straight woody stems (new growth is green) and is about 5ft tall, shorter in some places where it looks like someone has lopped all the tops off, and when you break a stem it has that spongy stuff in the middle LOL! Can anyone possibly identify it from that description? (I could post a photo if that helps!)
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Ooo...just found this thread...I love gardening....I only have a small terraced house and little garden....but with two horrible hounds most of what I grow is in pots....Im going to grow Tomatoes again this year, I had an excellent crop the last time I tried them and the seeds are cheap in Wilkinsons....

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Old 02-03-2006, 11:57 AM
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I've just moved into a house with a tiny little garden, and its all paved unfortunately, however I'm quite eager to get growing some bits and pieces for the first time.

My mum has gone out and bought me a little plastic greenhouse thing from Aldi, and I've been ordering various makes of Chilli seeds from EBay (i love hot food!), so hopefully I'll be planting about 6 kinds of chilli, along with some peppers and various herbs this year (corriander, parsley, chives, etc). I'm really looking forward to the harvest!
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Don't let the snow put you off thinking about how you can become a bit more self-sufficient in 2006 - it's already time to start growing from seed on the windowsill!!
For everything? I keep looking to see when I should start my seeds on the windowsill, but there's conflicting advice. Some sites say to leave it until April. Some say do it now (beginning of March). Others say to count back a certain number of weeks from the last frost date in your area.

This is my first year at growing from seed (and at gardening in general, really) so I'm totally confused! I'm desperate to get started, but my fear of getting it wrong has stopped me!

I'm particularly concerned to get my Tomato Tumbler seeds sown at the right time, because I only have seven seeds, so there's not a lot of room for error. :confused:

But I trust you fellow OSers, so if you say it's safe to bung them in a seed tray now, I shall do so.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:31 PM
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Bluemoon, don't fret too much about the planting times, I always find it better to sow my seeds later rather than too early. Depends where you live but I'm up north and have just started my tomato seeds off today - on the windowsill in the study. I shall sow some more in a couple of weeks time, if they're a bit late they always seem to catch up.
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For everything? I keep looking to see when I should start my seeds on the windowsill, but there's conflicting advice. Some sites say to leave it until April. Some say do it now (beginning of March). Others say to count back a certain number of weeks from the last frost date in your area.

But I trust you fellow OSers, so if you say it's safe to bung them in a seed tray now, I shall do so.
No - sorry! Not everything! Go with the advice on your seed packets - I am only a beginner myself and just meant that now is a good time to start - I'm just starting with chillis and tomatoes and a few flowers.
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Old 02-03-2006, 3:22 PM
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I would like to join in if I may. I have a garden and an allotment. The garden is ornamental, but I grow tomatoes in the greenhouse in the summer. I love perennials, and grow and sell them at plant fairs during the summer. I am addicted to sowing seeds, and always sow far more than I have room for!

This year I shall be growing lots of vegetables, including potatoes, shallots, onions, salads, oriental veg, peas and beans, flowers for cutting etc etc.

I haven't made much of a start yet, thanks to all the cold weather, but I have sown round carrots in modules ( a pinch of seed in each module, plant out as one without thinning), and they are in the greeenhouse slowly growing. I have also done spring onions the same way, and will do beetroot when there is room in the propagator.

Slow growing things like chillies can be started now, as long as you have somewhere cosy for them to grow on in. Tomatoes need about eight weeks from sowing to planting out, so I shan't be starting my outdoor ones until the beginning of April.

There usually isn't any need to panic over sowing things later. Later sowings grow faster and stronger, and can be far easier to manage.

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We have been attempting to grow things. Starting small just to see if we can do it. We planted peppers, chillies and a few herbs. The peppers and chillies kept flowering but not producing anything, however after moving them from the NE facing kitchen windowsil to the SW facing livingroom windowsil I am pleased to say we have a single pepper growing and a couple of chillies!!
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We've done a sort out of the seeds in the fridge and sent off for our free seed potatoes (well 2 to cover p&p) and agreed that we need to buy some more wildlife friendly flower seeds but should be fine for veggies (except sweet corn which ds wants to try again). Although I've promised dd that if we get to Wilkos and they have raspberry canes we'll buy some for the back of the strawberry bed.

I'm planning on planting seeds this weekend (dh has to bring the compost in from the car) - parsley, carrots (in modules), tomatoes, butternut squash, peppers and 2 pots of flower seeds.

Ds wants us to buy a potato barrel to see if they work better than the old plastic bins we are currently using (would look nice enough to be on the front patio too).
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In my front garden I often put a cherry tomato plant (I think the variety is Tumbler) in the hanging baskets. Runner beans have pretty flowers so are good to grow against walls. I also thought I'd stick in a few of the cabbages as they seem to crop up occasionally in displays as ornamental plants. Maybe I could use a sprout plant as a specimen item? And of course nasturtiums are edible (though I've never tried them).

Oooh I forgot, Herbs! Many herbs are lovely plants and suitable for the front garden.
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Thanks Troll. It's a lovely day today and so I am going to do some tidying in my front garden first and then later sow some more seeds (indoors) ready for the warmer weather.
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Here's a useful frost guide:

http://www.crocus.co.uk/howto/jackfrost/
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Thanks Wigginsmum - that frost guide is really useful and explains why different forum users sometimes give different advice about when to start sowing/planting out.

I never knew before that I live in an area that has a risk of frost for a much shorter period of the year than other parts of the county.

Thanks again!
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Thanks everyone for the advice.

I was planning to get some seeds started indoors today, but my bags of compost outside are frozen solid! I've dragged one of them up against the wall of the house so hopefully it will thaw out. I don't have a shed or anything like that to put them in.

But, I did do some digging and pruning this morning, so all is not lost!
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