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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 2nd Jan 19, 7:11 PM
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    The all new 2019 growing your own thread!
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 7:11 PM
    The all new 2019 growing your own thread! 2nd Jan 19 at 7:11 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?


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    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"

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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 10th Feb 19, 2:23 PM
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    It's just not worth the grief trying to deny our cat access to a room

    But it helps to attach the note higher up where the cat can't reach it
    Last edited by unrecordings; 10-02-2019 at 2:25 PM. Reason: a joke ?
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 10th Feb 19, 5:27 PM
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    Could someone please advise me on fan trained or espalier fruit trees? There isn't a nursery anywhere close to me and most online companies seem to have sold out so I am considering buying some young, cheap trees from Lidl or Aldi to train myself.

    I have a gable end wall which is around 40 feet long and normal house height. There's just one first floor small shower room window in it, so to all intents and purposes completely clear of obstructions. It faces east but is fairly well protected from bitter east winds by adjacent housing.

    I am thinking of an apple, a plum and another variety and know that some are self-pollinating and others not. Is there anyone knowledgeable in this sort of thing please? I do have the RHS pruning book for reference, but I wonder what sort of success you have had with fruit trees from the discounters?
    Originally posted by Living proof
    http://http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/forums/t/28136.aspx this link to the RHS forums is quite interesting. In summary they suggest late fruiting pear, plum or morello cherries. My neighbour has around 4 morello cherry trees facing NE and we had to send in a team to pick as there were so many last year. What a treat! It makes fab jam
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 11th Feb 19, 7:29 AM
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    Got my lemon drop chillies and tomatoes (green giant and San marzano) in yesterday.
    They went into soaked coir pellets and I'll probably get some peppers in today and that'll be it till march.

    As for watering, I'm a spritzer too.

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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 11th Feb 19, 8:48 AM
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    My first batch of tomatoes popped up overnight - I sowed them on 5th Feb
    I double sowed older Suttons Ailsa Craig with a fresh pack of my favourite DT Brown Ailsa Craig - it all seems to be the same brand that germinated, but I can't remember which is which - not that it matters really
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 11th Feb 19, 10:47 AM
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    My seeds have arrived by post this morning. I am happy. Everything matches the order and I also received two free packets from Mr F - Marigolds and Kale that were not on my list. Helpfully labelled Free Seeds, so I did not think they had been included mistakenly.

    So now I can confirm that this year I will be growing five(!) varieties of tomato - Black Russian Cherry and Beefsteak tomatoes, along with our much loved Sungold F1 Hybrid and two Italian varieties - Costaluto Fiorentino and Pomodoro Cuor di Bue. We grow some on the back of the house in pots, and some in the greenhouse (which we keep expecting to fail on us). I do covet a new greenhouse but the one I want is expensive so it will wait.

    I will also sell on my surplus seedlings - there is an Open Gardens event in May with a plant stall that will mean these raise money for a good cause. I need to do large pots of runner beans in due course for this occasion too - they always go well and lots of people will take a pot of 5-7 small plants for a £1 or so. Hopefully I will have some chilli plants for that too, if the advice I now have improves my success rate!

    I need to get the spreadsheet up so the planting plan follows the right rotation before long too.
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    • -taff
    • By -taff 11th Feb 19, 11:32 AM
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    The black cherry tend to split if you leave them ripen too long so watch out for that.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 11th Feb 19, 11:51 AM
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    The black cherry tend to split if you leave them ripen too long so watch out for that.
    Originally posted by -taff

    I don't have a problem with splitting cherries - the blackbirds have them away long before they get to that stage !
    • -taff
    • By -taff 11th Feb 19, 1:14 PM
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    I don't have a problem with splitting cherries - the blackbirds have them away long before they get to that stage !
    Originally posted by Silvertabby


    black cherry tomatoes
    • Scottish Mike
    • By Scottish Mike 11th Feb 19, 4:13 PM
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    Could someone please advise me on fan trained or espalier fruit trees? There isn't a nursery anywhere close to me and most online companies seem to have sold out so I am considering buying some young, cheap trees from Lidl or Aldi to train myself.
    Originally posted by Living proof
    Iím going to recommend a quince tree. I got one from T&M 5 years ago when we moved into our house, and almost killed it in the first year by keeping it in a waterlogged pot. That winter I came to my senses and planted it in the ground, and 4 years later (last autumn) we had a bumper crop of 54 quinces.

    Ours was just a regular tree but Iíd imagine itíd be pretty easy to train against a wall. Extra support for fruits may be necessary as we had a few branches snap in a storm because the quinces were so big.

    But I canít recommend quinces highly enough; they have a gorgeous flavour, go well in desserts and preserves, and with certain meat stews. OK, it took a bit of time to get going, but totally worth it.
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    • Pablosmummy
    • By Pablosmummy 11th Feb 19, 4:20 PM
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    Had my first proper morning of gardening today, tidied up my strawberries, cut my blackberries back, moved everything round, tried to put a new hanging basket bracket up but im just not tall enough so OH will have to do that on the weekend, he's a foot taller than me so it's easy for him.
    I also found a few daffodil bulbs in the shed that I forgot to plant last year, they'd started to sprout so I've thrown them in a pot I had spare, worth a try anyway.
    I can't wait to start sowing in march, I keep staring at the packets but I know it's wayyy too early for me. My chilli seedlings are growing well so I just check on them alot...bring on March!
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    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 11th Feb 19, 5:10 PM
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    Walked up the plot today, far too wet to do any work, but dug some lovely carrots for dinner and soup. Plan is to clear the old sprouts out tomorrow
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 11th Feb 19, 5:21 PM
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    “ I don't have a problem with splitting cherries - the blackbirds have them away long before they get to that stage !
    Originally posted by Silvertabby

    black cherry tomatoes
    Originally posted by -taff
    Oops - thank you !

    I tried black cherry toms a couple of years ago - and have to say that we weren't overly impressed by the taste. I bought grafted toms 'tutti fruiti' from Suttons last year - and they were yum. I've just ordered some more plants for this year (although I accept that buying grafted tom plants isn't particularly MSE !)
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 11th Feb 19, 5:43 PM
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    http://http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/forums/t/28136.aspx this link to the RHS forums is quite interesting. In summary they suggest late fruiting pear, plum or morello cherries. My neighbour has around 4 morello cherry trees facing NE and we had to send in a team to pick as there were so many last year. What a treat! It makes fab jam
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Thank you Suffolk lass, a very interesting couple of responses there. I will have to check what blossoming dates are. It is such a waste of a big blank wall otherwise!
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    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 11th Feb 19, 5:49 PM
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    Iím going to recommend a quince tree.
    Originally posted by Scottish Mike
    Thanks Scottish Mike, I had been considering quince as they are such an unusual choice. I find I can get tonnes of apples each year for drying by just asking on Freecycle so they are last on my list at the present time.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 11th Feb 19, 6:00 PM
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    I got out and cleared some leaves today and started pruning my overgrown winter savory that didn't get done in the autumn. I also repotted a couple of chinese mahogany seedlings (beef & onion plant if you're a Suttons customer) - still not tried any yet just in case it reacts with the chemo. I'm also planning on trying to weave some old/leggy sage plants round a pole to see if they like that (and/or it looks less messy)
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 12th Feb 19, 9:58 AM
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    ... started pruning my overgrown winter savory that didn't get done in the autumn. ...
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I don't know anyone else that has winter savory! And I've never pruned it in fact a few years ago I let it get so overgrown it nearly died. It came back very strong when I cleared the ground around it, but it needs more work right now. Any tips, unrecordings?
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 12th Feb 19, 11:50 AM
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    I don't know anyone else that has winter savory! And I've never pruned it in fact a few years ago I let it get so overgrown it nearly died. It came back very strong when I cleared the ground around it, but it needs more work right now. Any tips, unrecordings?
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    I found some in a garden centre just marked "Savory" - Must be Winter Savory because it's still here 3-4 years later. I Used to cut it back once it had flowered and/or the leaves were no longer a lush green. There are lots of long brown stalks where it flowered last year so I'm cutting those right back to a point on the stalk with some new growth - might not necessarily be the right way, but seems to work for me. I might have to see what Jekka says (in her book) and post an update later
    Last edited by unrecordings; 12-02-2019 at 11:51 AM. Reason: grammar again
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 12th Feb 19, 12:11 PM
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    If it works for someone "known" on here, thats good enough for me, many thanks I'm just about to deal with the bramble roots in that region, the savory will be a lot happier then, I think
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 12th Feb 19, 5:56 PM
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    If it works for someone "known" on here, thats good enough for me
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    I've 'arrived'

    I checked Jekka and she says very little about maintaining savory apart from the usual thing of picking it before it flowers for best flavour. So if you cut back straight after flowering I assume you should get another growth of fresh leaves before winter. This afternoon after checking over the fresh growth I just took some shears to them (where they lean over towards the evening sun) and carefully pruned out the leggier stems on the top & other side of plant back to a nice set of fresh shoots - but not too close - erring on the side of caution in case of a heavy frost
    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 12th Feb 19, 7:24 PM
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    I got the sprouts out, still too wet to do much, lifted the swede crop, I tennis ball size and 2 golf balls!

    That will keep us going!
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