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    • nicola00
    • By nicola00 1st Apr 12, 7:34 PM
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    Grown our own, complete novice questions
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    • 1st Apr 12, 7:34 PM
    Grown our own, complete novice questions 1st Apr 12 at 7:34 PM
    Can you guys help? may be long post, I do tend to waffle on a bit, but I'm just excited

    Would like to attempt to grow our own veg, nothing fancy or complicated just things that we eat week to week

    Carrots, Potatoes, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Strawberries (poss other fruits?)

    I seen a wooden trough on a shopping channel last year and ideally would love this, but wow what a lot of 's for a fancy wooden box.... anyway talking to the kids about it (2 and 8) an they are both really keen on the idea
    We aren't particularly green fingered or knowledgeable in gardening, I suffer from hayfever so tend to just cut the grass when I'm full of antihistamines and have a quick tidy up round the garden when it's needed and that's the scope of my gardening oh and a few potted plants in tubs in the front and back garden that get a trim and water every now and again

    The back garden is really for the kids to run about, there slides / trampoline etc, as I have a decked area for my table an chairs an the rest is theirs

    So I was thinking about using this little patch...... is it possible, its 40inches wide by 50 inches long, or am I hoping for too much from this little square I also thought I could use these planters, are the any good??, they could go on the decked area at the side

    I have around 30 max to get supplies for this, planters are 12.50 from ebay but would like to know what else I need to invest in to get going

    I'll put my questions in the next post
    Last edited by nicola00; 01-04-2012 at 7:51 PM.
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    • nicola00
    • By nicola00 20th Apr 12, 9:24 AM
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    Leave them in until the risk of frost in your area has passed otherwise the less hardy will perish

    Then over a course of a week or two aclimatise them by putting them outside the back door during the day and bringing them in at night

    then plant out. Good luck. You can speed this up by using plastic bottle cloches. Don't forget to water though. Started doing this had them out all day this week

    btw I saw your posts about using storage boxes. They're not usually UV fixed and as they're not 'food safe' containers, may leach chemicals such as BPA into the soil (BPA is use in many food safe containers, but has been shown to be a frog hormone disrupter).

    Saying that, I used a storage box about four years ago before I became aware of BPA. I'm still alive and don't feel like my hormones have been disrupted, but then again I've never felt like an amphibian. It became very brittle after about 8 months in the sun and it shattered during the winter meaning I had shards of plastic in the soil I had to remove.
    Originally posted by tim_n
    At the minute I just have the apple tree in a tub and that will be temporary, will more than likely stick to the planter bags and I also have two wicker style baskets/boxes that I'm hoping I can use
    • pink poppy
    • By pink poppy 20th Apr 12, 1:08 PM
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    pink poppy
    Wow, the apple tree was a bargain, well spotted!!
    Caledonia dreamin' ...
    • nicola00
    • By nicola00 20th Apr 12, 5:43 PM
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    Wow, the apple tree was a bargain, well spotted!!
    Originally posted by pink poppy
    Yeah they were sat outside looking all sad & lonely, wish I had bought a few now, they had pear too

    Some TLC, watered etc and I think its alright
  • Isaac Dunne
    have you ever thought about getting an allotment space, would give you plenty of space for you gardening, you can also get a windorsill garden, think the clue is in the name what it does, an aero garden which provides it's on light so it can be used inside, there's also some units you can get, for example hydroponic and aquaponic units which are usually kept outside but don't need to be planted, so they can go in the garden providing you have the space for them, there's a few places online that supplies these so it may be ideal for you to have a look around to see if you can find what you're looking for.
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