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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 1st Jan 17, 11:14 AM
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    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017
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    • 1st Jan 17, 11:14 AM
    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017 1st Jan 17 at 11:14 AM
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    Huge thanks to Dizzy Ditzy for starting this off in 2017. You might also like to read some of our Grow Your Own Blogs.

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    Hello folks and welcome to the 2017 grow your own thread

    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!


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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 8th Jun 17, 4:43 PM
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    Well I came back off my almost 2 weeks away to find the allotment covered in weeds Dad tried to get most days to water but "forgot" about the strawberries in the greenhouse and they have nearly died off. In his defense......he built a structure around the three beds of outside strawberries to keep the birds off..........only thing is........he has built it so well.....I cant get in to pick the dam things! I just normally throw a net over and hold it down with bricks but nooooooooooo he has to do a "proper" job.

    Had two days down there and seem to have got it all tidied again.
    Much to his disdain......I filled my 3 half planters that are on my shed and an old hanging basket with bedding plants. It looks lovely but he thinks its a waste of time. I dont care!!

    Only 2 of my courgette plants have survived.
    Tomatoes and cucumber doing well and onions are thriving.
    My carrots never did anything so will have to have another go.
    Spinach healthy and planted out as are my french beans.
    Potted all my bell peppers and chilli plants on today into final pots so hoping for a good crop off those.
    Does anyone grow pea shoots? *I vaguely remember reading you can just buy cheap dried peas and they grow easily. Nice to add to salads so will have to look into that.

    Happy gardening everyone. Lets hope for some sun to ripen all those strawberries.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 8th Jun 17, 5:40 PM
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    I've grown dried peas before (Leo's in fact) - I'm going to pop some more out in the coming days as my Maro peas failed to germinate - all of them (and no suspicious holes either). Any tasty cherry tomato variety recommendations ?
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 9th Jun 17, 7:05 AM
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    I've grown dried peas before (Leo's in fact) - I'm going to pop some more out in the coming days as my Maro peas failed to germinate - all of them (and no suspicious holes either). Any tasty cherry tomato variety recommendations ?
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Sungold F1 hybrid is a small, sweet, delicious orange cherry tomato. I highly recommend it.

    I'm also growing black cherry, and black russian (for colour and prolific yield respectively) - and costaluto genovese for culinary use (Italian plum/beefsteak cross)
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    • By unrecordings 9th Jun 17, 9:13 AM
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    Thanks for the recommendation. I can't get to a nursery until Monday, and I'm still flip flopping between tomato/pepper/courgette, so we'll see what happens over the weekend - nice and sunny here this morning
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 9th Jun 17, 11:58 AM
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    Right! Need to finally plant up my tomatoes, chillies and aubergines
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 10th Jun 17, 8:00 AM
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    I had the first raspberries yesterday
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    Attempt number 7854- W1-3 -6lbs
    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 10th Jun 17, 8:06 AM
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    I've been picking strawberries every other day for the last couple of weeks yesterday I came home with enough for the first pot of jam

    I've been coming home with red currants too and they've been going in the freezer ready for red currant jelly when there is enough

    Wind wise this week I don't think we've done as badly as others - a mini tornado seems to have whipped through Plot B right through my gooseberries and potatoes. All my onions are bent over so we are going to sort those out over the weekend. We need to pull the garlic up at both plots because of rust.

    A couple of beetroot are ready to pull too

    We had the first Rocket potatoes a couple of weeks ago from one of the pots in the garden. The taste was absolutely out of this world so we will definitely be doing lots of those next year!

    This time of year keeps me very busy but i absolutely love it!
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    Attempt number 7854- W1-3 -6lbs
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 10th Jun 17, 9:10 PM
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    Too early for raspberries here - probably still 3-4 weeks away. Outdoors courgettes surviving so far, I pulled apart an old coconut basket liner (nesting birds had already made a start on that) and used it as matting for under the courgettes, seems ideal against slugs too but it's way too expensive to use. And as for the spare growbag dilemma, one single Christmas Grape cherry tomato popped a couple of leaves up overnight - it's got a LOT of catching up to do
    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 10th Jun 17, 9:40 PM
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    Pulled up 30 odd garlic today cos they all had rust need to go pull the other lot tomorrow. First lot of strawberry jam done
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 11th Jun 17, 12:02 AM
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    I have been quite busy over the last few days.

    Strawberries have finished in the tunnel so I have started to move them outside before I decide whether or not to bin them and buy in some fresh runners as they weren't so good this year.

    Sowed a second batch of sweetcorn, the first lot is growing well.
    Sowed more peas and still more to do. The mangetout have just started to crop. All the climbing beans are now outside and we had our first taste of the dwarf ones today.

    I've a load of overwntered onions ready so I will take those up over the next couple of days. The don't keep well but there is enough to last until the ordinary ones are ready in September.
    Potted on some celery. Peppers and aubergines are in their final beds but I still have the tomatoes to deal with.

    Courgettes are outside but I've had to start the squash again as something has taken a liking to it. Kohl rabi is about the size of a cherry tomato so they should be ready in about another month. Pak Choi started to bolt and flower so the chickens have have had a treat today.

    All in all I'm quite happy with how things are but time marches on and I suppose next month I'll start to think about starting off the winter stuff.

    Have a good day tomorrow, we have friends coming in the afternoon so I suppose little will get done.
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 11th Jun 17, 1:02 PM
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    Hello all. Lovely to hear what you're all growing.

    I am excited today as I have a new fruit cage to put up, am roping DH in with that.

    Need to pull up some salad leaf which is bolting and plant some more spinach etc. Finally have some flowers on the tomatoes but they're leaning over at the moment because of the high winds. When it's calm again, I'll redo their frame.
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    • By unrecordings 11th Jun 17, 8:10 PM
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    My (greenhouse) tomatoes are just starting to set. I was going to pick garlic scapes today, when I realised that the 'garlic' was actually radar onions. So after a quick google, they're coming off tomorrow and going in the lasagna. No sign of scapes on the actual hardneck garlic though.
    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 13th Jun 17, 1:52 PM
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    Has anyone got any tips for keeping aphids off my salads? I've got a glut of spinach and cut and come again lettuce because every time I want to use them, I have to spend ages washing them and checking every leaf for the little @!?%$s! It's putting me right off
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    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 13th Jun 17, 2:23 PM
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    Hi MissPop Aphids are a real problem and I'm also suffering from red mite in the greenhouse and lots of blackfly on the broadbeans and the artichokes. I've mixed up a batch of neem oil and given them a spray. I'll spray them again in 5 days and see how they go.


    I also drop the lettuce in a bowl of salty water as soon as I get them home - that seems to get rid of them. Nothing worse than opening the fridge and finding the little blighters.


    Growingwise things are doing very well. And I've only had to buy peppers and mushrooms this week. The tomatoes are all flowering and I've got lots of little cucumbers and the peas are lovely - had a whole cooked portion last night - also seeing some fruit setting on the squashes.
    I've grown a brassica called Brokali this and can highly recommend it. It's a cross between broccali and kale and it's very tender and sweet. Will grow again.


    I've also re-sown the orientals and some French beans for succession. Just a question of keeping it going now.
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    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 13th Jun 17, 2:33 PM
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    Hi MissPop Aphids are a real problem and I'm also suffering from red mite in the greenhouse and lots of blackfly on the broadbeans and the artichokes. I've mixed up a batch of neem oil and given them a spray. I'll spray them again in 5 days and see how they go.


    I also drop the lettuce in a bowl of salty water as soon as I get them home - that seems to get rid of them. Nothing worse than opening the fridge and finding the little blighters.


    Growingwise things are doing very well. And I've only had to buy peppers and mushrooms this week. The tomatoes are all flowering and I've got lots of little cucumbers and the peas are lovely - had a whole cooked portion last night - also seeing some fruit setting on the squashes.
    I've grown a brassica called Brokali this and can highly recommend it. It's a cross between broccali and kale and it's very tender and sweet. Will grow again.


    I've also re-sown the orientals and some French beans for succession. Just a question of keeping it going now.
    Originally posted by Fruittea
    Ooh, I'd forgotten about neem oil, I'll have to give it a go! And I'd never heard of using salt water - sounds intriguing Thanks for the tips
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    • smeeinnit
    • By smeeinnit 14th Jun 17, 10:23 PM
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    Salt water is also great for evicting any bugs on soft fruit
    Let's get ready to bumble!
    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 14th Jun 17, 11:00 PM
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    Salt water is also great for evicting any bugs on soft fruit
    Originally posted by smeeinnit
    That's awesome - I think anything with a passenger is getting a salt water bath before it goes in my kitchen
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 15th Jun 17, 8:25 PM
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    That's awesome - I think anything with a passenger is getting a salt water bath before it goes in my kitchen
    Originally posted by MissPop
    Judging by the three massive ginger slugs the Idiot Cat came in with attached to his coat last night (so the git's been thundering around the veggies again ), maybe this should apply to anybody, as well as anything....
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    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 15th Jun 17, 10:51 PM
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    Judging by the three massive ginger slugs the Idiot Cat came in with attached to his coat last night (so the git's been thundering around the veggies again ), maybe this should apply to anybody, as well as anything....
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Hurrrgggghh! (I do love the sound of your Idiot Cat though )

    I tried the salt water trick earlier and it worked a treat - I picked some lettuce and spinach for a BBQ salad and my (very non-greenfingered) sister was so impressed I'd grown it all!

    I'm going to treat myself to a salad spinner tomorrow
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    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 16th Jun 17, 8:58 AM
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    Morning Every
    The slugs are out in force aren't they. I always have problems but try to get around the worst of it by planting plenty of cheap lettuces around anything I want to protect and use them as a sacrifice. I also save all egg shells and bake them ( just leave them in the oven for 10 minutes when I'm cooking something else) then break them into tiny pieces and pile them up around plants. Seems to work quite well.

    MissPop I have this salad spinner: https://www.amazon.co.uk/OXO-Good-Grips-Salad-Spinner/dp/B009KCFHAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497598752&sr=8-1&keywords=oxo+salad+spinner

    It's massive with a 26cm diameter but it has a really strong basket so you can collect veg in it and rinse it of and then fill the outer bowl for a salt soak and then drain and rinse the lot. It does take up a big space in the kitchen though.

    Plenty of veg for me at the mo so I have only bought in tomatoes this week. I see the first toms on the plants in the greenhouse - so it wont be long until I have those to.

    I'm really enjoying the artichokes - feeling quite posh having them for lunch as a starter. The gooseberries are just starting to ripen - I had some early ones yesterday - cooked for two minutes in the microwave with some sugar sprinkled over them and then mixed into some creme fresh. Really lovely!
    Happy growing.
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