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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 2nd Jan 19, 8:11 PM
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    The all new 2019 growing your own thread!
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 8:11 PM
    The all new 2019 growing your own thread! 2nd Jan 19 at 8:11 PM
    Welcome to the new ups and downs of growing your own!

    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?


    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 Club - Mind your peas and cues" 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 "The allotment shed"
    Last edited by Dizzy Ditzy; 02-01-2019 at 8:15 PM.
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    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 20th Feb 19, 7:45 PM
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    The one job I really need to get on with is clearing the space where the polytunnel will go. My goal is to get that done and up in March but it's gonna take me some serious graft to get the spot cleared for it and a few bonfires I imagine too LOL
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    I have got the spot under Mypex now and will rotovate the area nearer the time the frame will go up. I was very excited today to pick up two Ikea trestle-type desks which I will use on one side of the tunnel so I am not forever having to bend down to treat seedlings. They were donated on Freecycle although it was a 75 mile round trip and pretty scary getting home safely in a tiny car with the hatchback springing up and down on the motorway. I will cover them with thick plastic and hope they will last me for many years to come. Hoping to grow peppers, chilies, tomatoes, okra and sweet potatoes and a few flowers maybe. It's all a learning curve!
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 20th Feb 19, 8:52 PM
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    Sounds like an adventurous bargain you found there!

    I think I may follow your lead and at least cover the area for now, till it's ready for 'the big dig'. I can't rotovate my plot - it's literally the entrance to bind weed hell and I don't\won't use chemicals on it so I just dig out what I can.

    I've got old staging that I'll use in it for this year and will use some o f it to fashion tomato cages over my growbags. Plan is tomatoes, chillies, peppers and aubergine in there, as well as seedling starting zone.

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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 20th Feb 19, 11:58 PM
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    Day off tomorrow as I'm going on a den building and fire lighting session with DS
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    Top tip - if you've got some dry storage, when you prune woody things like rosemary, lavender etc - tie up little bundles of prunings (say the size of a kitchen roll tube) and let them dry for a few months. Since I figured that one out, every bonfire only requires one match
    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 21st Feb 19, 7:27 AM
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    I’ve been awol for a week or so but now back home for a long stretch, so gardening is top of the list.
    My peas have grown to around 4cm and looking very healthy. I swear you could have watched them grow it’s happened so fast. A few tomato seeds have shown their delicate first growth as have the leeks. Another two weeks and the next lot of seeds will be started. Got my onions ready to go in.
    Half the veg patch is looking healthy with a fairly fine tilth, for a clay soil anyway, so I’m raring to go.
    Just been reading about price rises for fresh fruits and veg in the wake of a no deal Brexit. Even with a deal there will be tariffs passed onto the customer. Even more reason to grow your own.
    Happy gardening everyone.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 21st Feb 19, 9:47 AM
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    Top tip - if you've got some dry storage, when you prune woody things like rosemary, lavender etc - tie up little bundles of prunings (say the size of a kitchen roll tube) and let them dry for a few months. Since I figured that one out, every bonfire only requires one match
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    We dry out the (chopped up) Christmas tree in a dustbin (plastic, with a lid held down with bricks) and a frond has the same effect. Also citrus fruit peel, dried out (on the top of the stove) smells great as firelighters and "burn like bu**ery" - to quote my Grandma.

    When we put carpet over our beds CAFC it helpfully encourages the bindweed roots up to the surface. We just have to watch out for the residents (often a mouse nest and surface tunnels evident when the carpet is removed).

    We have been in the veg beds this week, preparing, weeding and clearing. Lots of onions and leeks that filled other gaps last year are still going strong. Indoors I only have early potatoes chitting in the kitchen so far. The decrepit greenhouse was blown out of square last year and although OK for tomatoes and chillies, once they are up and growing, it is not somewhere I want to spend time - especially with a destroyed roof panel still to replace.

    We will replace the greenhouse and i had been looking at a poly-tunnel too/instead - v interested in your choice CAFC if you are willing to share
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 21st Feb 19, 4:48 PM
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    I have been digging out little thistles that seeded everywhere after the farmer got his man to plough as close as possible to our hedges (he was cross with me) last year. Some need an excavator - all over the orchard-bit (too small to call an orchard!)

    Bl**dy wood-sorrel, it is everywhere. Clearly the ton bag of heat-treated compost was not heated enough - it is everywhere. I have cleared some paths, the bed with asparagus in, pulled and dug out an apple seedling (growing from the rootstock of the old russet) and loads of over-ambitious raspberry canes, making an escape bid. Just so much to do. DH has done most of another bed (they are a sleeper length and just too wide to reach the middle without a supporting hand or foot) - and there are 8 - and he has cut down all the raspberry canes as he could not tell which ones to leave (they are tough, it isn't a problem).

    We have got so much composting to do I foresee a trip to the local store that sells big bags of well-rotted farmyard manure!
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    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 21st Feb 19, 5:04 PM
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    I'm going to try straw bale gardening this year as part of my end of garden plot is riddled with roots. I have got a few "traditional" raised beds which I made from cut price decking boards but I'm intrigued by the fact that, according to what I've read, straw bales will last for up to 3 years and increase productivity due to the warmth produced when decomposing.


    I haven't decided what to grow in them yet but has anybody else tried this method?
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