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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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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 21st Apr 19, 10:29 AM
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    DH stumbled through the patio doors last night and managed to upend my seedlings. I've managed to repot twelve cucumber plants, four of which look very sorry for themselves but the melons were damaged beyond replanting.
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    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 21st Apr 19, 10:42 AM
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    Oh no! I feel your pain.
    That's one of the perils of having your precious seedlings on the floor by the back door. Hopefully more will survive.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 21st Apr 19, 11:03 AM
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    Bad luck Jazee. Know how you feel. Once had a violent and unexpected gust of wind blow over my mini plastic greenhouse which had all four shelves crammed full with tray and pots of seedlings. I lost virtually everything and was gutted. Had to re-sow and go out and buy from garden centres.

    Greenhouse is now firmly and permanently strapped through bolts into the house brick wall! Some lessons are hard learned!
    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 21st Apr 19, 1:05 PM
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    Is it worth getting one of those wee greenhouses?
    Does that mean I could start seeds off earlier and not have them cluttering up my indoor space for months on end?
    Or would I still have to be bringing them in at night?
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    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
    • dancing_star
    • By dancing_star 21st Apr 19, 2:48 PM
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    I've planted out today having hardened off the seedling over the last 2 to 3 weeks. I've planted out:
    Cavolo nero
    Lamb's lettuce
    Pak choi

    Anyone think I've been a bit foolhardy? I needed the space in my greenhouse!

    I'm going to wait til the Brussels are a bit bigger before I plant them out, ditto the French beans.

    Courgettes have just sprouted. Tomatoes will be staying in the greenhouse, ditto cucumbers.

    Still to sprout are peppers and aubergine (also to stay in greenhouse)

    This is only my second year of gardening, worried I've gone a bit crackers with the planting out
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 21st Apr 19, 5:14 PM
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    Is it worth getting one of those wee greenhouses?
    Does that mean I could start seeds off earlier and not have them cluttering up my indoor space for months on end?
    Or would I still have to be bringing them in at night?
    Originally posted by rosie383
    Rosie I still start many of my seeds, (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes etc off indoors in March or April but then move them out into the mini plastic greenhouse when they're 1 - 2 inches high. I have a mini greenhouse with the green mesh type plastic cover which is slightly thicker heavy duty than the see-through transparent cover and so far haven,t suffered any frosted seedlings, even on frosty night. Occasionally if it,s forecast to be cold at night I throw an old woven cover of some kind over the structure's root at night as double protection. .

    The benefit of a greenhouse like this is that you get light coming in from the top and both sides rather than just from one direction on a window ledge so your seedlings benefit and are often less leggy as a result.

    You can buy these mini greenhouses via Amazon an on the Internet. i think mine was a Guardman. You can also alternate the type of cover and have a transparent one for summer usebut if the structure tubes which hold it together are metal rather than plastic, be sure to wrap a fabric "bandage" of some kind around the top tubes on which the p,attic cover rests. In very hot weather these metal tubes get so hot that they will melt and split the plastic cover fitting on top of them and resting on them ! Yiu can repair the splits with Duct tape but it obviously weakens the cover and looks a bit unsightly !
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 22nd Apr 19, 7:29 AM
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    We have picked up the greenhouse I had my eye on, on FB Marketplace. It is rather more rotten than the description implied; and we are down 67 cost of the van we hired to collect it. The woman was very gung-ho moving pieces (I think she thought she was helping) and bits kept falling apart before my eyes - someone else had already disassembled it badly, meaning some of the very valuable 4mm toughened glass had suffered.

    We will use the frame as a template and bolster it with HM additions to brace it and make it stronger - the joys of being married to an engineer who now teaches Design and Technology Resistant Materials (that is Woodwork and metalwork to my generation!).

    Anyway, we won't be using it this summer but hopefully it will be up and in its' new location over the winter, allowing my 6x6' little twisted-frame aluminium job to be dismantled and disposed of responsibly.

    I also have my back door being replaced on Friday so will have the old glazed (wooden DG that has started to fail) to make cold frames from. DH is going to be busy!

    The point of sharing all this is that these nearly free things offer us frugal-types an opportunity, as Primrose describes, to move our germinated seedlings out of the house to grow on in that stage between starting and planting out.

    I am back to path clearance today, and nurturing my squash seeds while DH makes me more rabbit-proof screens for the veg garden to protect my precious babies from the baby buns. I also have some rhubarb and a couple of flowering perennials to plant out (gifted from the houses we visited to and from Scotland) and some ginger mint to split up, ready for the Village plant stall sale in May. I must re-weed a couple of paths and possibly dig the former leek bed ready for speedy (the variety) dwarf beans to be planted too. Best I get dressed and out there really!
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