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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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    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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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 17th Sep 17, 6:00 PM
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    First melon of the season picked, going to enjoy it with dinner
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    • MissPop
    • By MissPop 17th Sep 17, 8:33 PM
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    How many leaves before you transplant them?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I wait until there's at least one set of true leaves after the cotyledons. I do tend to put 2-4 seeds in one 7cm pot, and then transplant them when I think they need more space. I'm guessing maybe I should plant them singly so I don't disturb the roots so much?
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 18th Sep 17, 7:30 AM
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    So have you any ideas what you are going to plant? I like irises which I have in another part of the plot but think may be too tall for a bed.
    Originally posted by Kantankrus Mare
    So far I'm at tulips and that's about it

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 18th Sep 17, 9:28 AM
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    Have you got them in? thats my next confusion. Do I spread all the bulbs over the bed and then other seeds/ plant things (not sure what!) around the bulbs or do I put all bulbs together and all other things together. Hmmmm I have this vision of a bed full of flowers just waiting to be picked but realistically I know that everything wont flower together and at some points the dying off foliage of the bulbs is going to spoil my idealistic picture.

    In theory.......what I have bought so far will give me something to pick from March maybe to June.

    Just got to find time to plant them now.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 19th Sep 17, 6:58 AM
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    Have you got them in? thats my next confusion. Do I spread all the bulbs over the bed and then other seeds/ plant things (not sure what!) around the bulbs or do I put all bulbs together and all other things together. Hmmmm I have this vision of a bed full of flowers just waiting to be picked but realistically I know that everything wont flower together and at some points the dying off foliage of the bulbs is going to spoil my idealistic picture.

    In theory.......what I have bought so far will give me something to pick from March maybe to June.

    Just got to find time to plant them now.
    Originally posted by Kantankrus Mare
    My thinking was to stack the bulbs in layers, so daffs, cover in a layer of compost, then crocuses, cover in a layer and then tulips, cover. so in theory something starts to poke through as the other dies back. I was going to try to tightly pack mine to get that 'full' effect and I will probably use the edge of the bed to sow a seed of some sort as I can rarely get anything to grow right up to the edge of the bed frame

    ETA - no I havent got them in yet, I havent even bought them LOL

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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 23rd Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    CAFCGirl, I put daffs in layers in the outside containers, usually about 4 layers, as you can get quite a good show. Afterwards I plant the daffs on mass (without separating them) around the grounds, just dig a nice big hole and drop the contents of the container in it back fill and that's it. a website called 'Kiss My Grass' is where I buy them. i usually buy a sack as it's a lot cheaper than going to a garden centre.

    Dug up some main crop potatoes today, filled 3 x mushroom trays and I only dug one row. I know you are not supposed to wash them but I always run them under the hosepipe and have never had any problems. I'll go through them, pull out any I don't like the look of and sort them into different sizes as I use the smallest first. That's the evening sorted
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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 23rd Sep 17, 8:38 PM
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    Well I got a couple of hours at the plot today and got my bulbs planted. I decided to go in rows. Did a row of narcissus...then tulips....then daffs ....then anemones and another row of tulips.

    Realised after Id put them in that I was supposed to soak the anemones in water overnight so the ones I had left over are soaking.

    They took up less than a third of my bed so I will have to investigate summer flowering bulbs and seeds and fill the rest of the bed as and when. At least I have made a start though.

    Picked the rest of the sweetcorn and had a general cut back on all the brambles trying to creep onto my plot.

    Planted a bit of garlic someone had given me. I have no over wintering onions in yet and hoping I can still get some from somewhere. Lovely bit of sunshine here in Lincs this afternoon.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 24th Sep 17, 4:27 PM
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    Left Himself the remaining produce from the garden in the kitchen. It looked stunning - four perfect potatoes, one shaped like a duck, half a single corn cob, one red onion and a selection of huge sage leaves poked in around them, all in the tin pan from the scales on a teatowel.

    Cheeky wotsit started whistling 'We Plough the Fields and Scatter'.

    It does give me the feeling that it is something special, though I certainly won't be baking a loaf in the shape of a wheatsheaf to mark the occasion. Can't work out if it's childhood religious practices eeking out of my subconscious or whether it's just a normal human instinct - although if it were the former, surely I should be looking for a dented tin of tomato soup that went out of date in 2010 to dress up with a doily?

    What do you lot think?

    ETA: the veggies were lovely with dinner - especially the corn - we're definitely growing it more seriously next year, as it was a shove-it-in-and-see this time.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 24th Sep 17, 6:41 PM
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    My thinking was to stack the bulbs in layers, so daffs, cover in a layer of compost, then crocuses, cover in a layer and then tulips, cover. so in theory something starts to poke through as the other dies back. I was going to try to tightly pack mine to get that 'full' effect and I will probably use the edge of the bed to sow a seed of some sort as I can rarely get anything to grow right up to the edge of the bed frame

    ETA - no I havent got them in yet, I havent even bought them LOL
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl

    Tulips deepest, then Daffs (include the miniature Narcissi like paperwhites), then Crocus, as they have different preferred planting depths. Sling in some tiny Irises and Grape hyacinths in the top layer, too - the early bees adore them and the intensity of blue appearing early in the year is amazing - why not add some native bluebell and snowdrops and snakeshead fritillaries?

    You could also put puddy (wretched swear filter!) willow at the back - it's beautiful in arrangements.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 25th Sep 17, 7:17 AM
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    Tulips deepest, then Daffs (include the miniature Narcissi like paperwhites), then Crocus, as they have different preferred planting depths. Sling in some tiny Irises and Grape hyacinths in the top layer, too - the early bees adore them and the intensity of blue appearing early in the year is amazing - why not add some native bluebell and snowdrops and snakeshead fritillaries?

    You could also put puddy (wretched swear filter!) willow at the back - it's beautiful in arrangements.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Excellent!
    I love clear cut instructions on what to do

    P.S I now have 'we plough the fields' going round in my head

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 27th Sep 17, 12:35 AM
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    Bramleys going into the freezer at the moment. We have friends with an orchard and she brings us boxes and boxes of windfalls for the horses but the Bramleys are straight off the tree and they are huge. I've enough to last a whole year.

    Just ordered some strawberry runners as I haven't enough, plus some elephant garlic, autumn planting onions and shallots for the tunnel and some broad bean seeds - all to arrive in October. That just leaves me with Swift potatoes to order from Dobies as they can deliver in December. They will also go in the tunnel. I won't be able do anything next Jan/Feb and possibly March so I need to be organised this side of Christmas.
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    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 2nd Oct 17, 3:28 PM
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    Hi Everyone
    Haven't posted for a while as things have been a bit hectic and I've been away for a while. Reading back things look very busy for you all. I went to the allotment over the weekend and things are starting to look a little bleak. The runners are finished but I have plenty frozen. Lovely carrots going well and quite a few squashes will keep well into next year. I've brought in all the tomatoes now even the green ones which will ripen off on the window sill.
    On the plus side of things there are plenty of mushrooms about. I went on a bit of a walk and brought quite a few for drying. So I'll be focusing on those for the next month.
    Still not buying much from the supermarket - must have saved a fortune and that should go on for some time.
    For those that need it Morrisons have launched a £5 wonky veg box and an organic one for £8. I'll be trying that when my veg runs out.
    The melons went down very well - only one small left now but I definitely grow them next year.
    I see everyone's going on to bulbs now. I must admit I haven't thought about them yet - but must catch up.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 2nd Oct 17, 9:56 PM
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    Hectic here too (well sort of). Tomatoes still going strong, runner beans starting to get a little rust. As the caterpillars did a good job on my kale, I decided to bolster that plot with some red cabbage and broccoli. I also finally got around to ordering my Autumn planting garlic and onion (via Suttons this time). Tomorrow: leaf raking
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 2nd Oct 17, 11:59 PM
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    Hi everyone
    Rabbits have stripped the raspberries back to the stalks. I must set about protecting them more as it's heart breaking.
    Third melon picked today, this one had a little rabbit damage but not too bad so I'll cut that bit out, three more to harvest.
    Carrots, kale, and leeks doing well, cucumbers, aubergines, runners, french beans and tomatoes finished. Loads of Bramleys frozen but very few vegetables so I will struggle over winter.
    Shallots, onions and elephant garlic arrived today along with a packet of broad bean seeds.
    Early potatoes on order - to arrive this December and to be planted in the tunnel this side of Christmas

    Feels like it's time to start tiding up and spreading muck on the empty beds. I need to get ahead of the game this year as I'll be out of action for quite a number of weeks in the New Year as I've an op at the Royal Brompton Heart Hosp in January
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 4th Oct 17, 6:09 PM
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    Picked chillies that were ripe, going into the freezer later, planted autumn shallots and elephant garlic, massive cloves very impressed with the size. Onions still to plant.
    Dug up the rest of a bed of carrots and turned it over - not too many carrots left as we've been eating them for a couple of months. Harvested a very large courgette yesterday, it was having an identity crisis as thought it was a marrow.

    Definite Autumn chill in the air.
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    • By unrecordings 6th Oct 17, 10:24 PM
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    Just about to be overrun with tomatoes (the pick now or fall off and rot time of year). Made some spicy relish with a kilo of the little blighters today. I'm waiting on my onions etc to show up. In the meantime one of my neglected peppers has finally turned red(ish). Mulched the rhubarb, then started refilling the leaf bin today.
    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 11th Oct 17, 8:38 AM
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    Now the weather has turned, I'm finding it much easier to get stuff done.

    Yesterday saw me dig over, and build a 3 pallet collar bed and level that out. Today I'm hoping to be able to do the same in the spot next to it where the summer squashes are. It's finally time to say goodbye to them. Prolific little things!
    Then I'm hoping to make good use of the free mulch/wood-chip pile at the community stores too.

    Had one of those 'cringe' conversations yesterday with another plot holder who asked me when I'd got the plot, and how I was getting on to which i had to reply 2 1/2 years. He gave me a bit of a look - which was either 'you'd be better off giving up girl' or 'i'd have had this done in a fortnight'....

    Right time to pack a flask!

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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 11th Oct 17, 10:22 AM
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    Reading all your posts with envy! I'm moving house so haven't been able to grow veg this year other than strawberries and the usual fruit trees. Hopefully I should have a garden to get back on track with by 2018!

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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 12th Oct 17, 7:08 PM
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    Just about to be overrun with tomatoes (the pick now or fall off and rot time of year). Made some spicy relish with a kilo of the little blighters today. I'm waiting on my onions etc to show up. In the meantime one of my neglected peppers has finally turned red(ish). Mulched the rhubarb, then started refilling the leaf bin today.
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I've got one of those bug zapper things in my kitchen and I stood my green unripe tomatoes on top of it (it's on the windowsill) and the ones on the zapper are ripening really fast. The ones on the windowsill are still resolutely green! The same with chillies and peppers
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    • By unrecordings 12th Oct 17, 8:37 PM
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    I don't try to rush my green tomatoes, the good ones will last me until xmas
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