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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"

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    Biggest aim of this year - hope that my terminally ill brother sees Christmas and 2020
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 2nd Jan 19, 8:22 PM
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    I've decided that two plots on two sites with a full time job is just too much so I've applied to the council to get a plot on the chicken site. There's one I've got my eye on so I'm hoping that I'll get it quite soon I'm already making plans for it there is a lot of work needs doing to that plot but with two of us there daily because of the chickens it shouldn't be too difficult to do


    This is last years first update - I've swapped plots now so we have pretty much one big plot oh how much easier we are already finding it! Within two weeks of signing the agreement I had cabbages planted in and they are ready now. Fruit cage frame is up but we still need to wire/net it. That won't need doing until around the spring time so there isn't any big rush.

    Winter onions are in, garlic is in, raspberries are in and it's nearly all dug over ready for this years goings on
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    Biggest aim of this year - hope that my terminally ill brother sees Christmas and 2020
    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 3rd Jan 19, 9:03 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 19, 9:03 AM
    Hello.

    I'm in again for the coming year. As ever, I intend to get more off my plot than I did the previous year.

    I have even gone through all my seeds and put in diary the earliest date I can start sowing.

    I have over wintering onions in, rhubarb, which I need to split one of the older plants to complete my row.

    Garlic looks to be doing ok. Raspberries are awaiting the chop but I need a new pair of secateurs. Anyone have recommendations?

    I bought a new contraption from B&Q for growing sweet peas and I am very impressed!! I planted the seeds November time and I have some really healthy looking plants.

    One of the things I want to grow more of this year is bog standard chillies. We use lots of chillies in cooking and this year I found they freeze quite well so I need to grow more.

    Every year I have a go at bell peppers without much success. Not sure if i leave it too late to get started? Dont put in big enough pots? Dont feed? I will have one last go this year.

    Mange tout is something else we love but I grow without great success so will be trying that again.

    Have lots of strawberry plants to fill my gaps in the 3 beds I have.

    Have loads of flower seeds and along with all the bulbs I planted last year should in theory give me something to pick.

    Just remembered....I have a packet of aubergine seeds. never grown them but can be sown from now.

    I love the anticipation of the possibilities of grow your own.

    My dad finally got his triple heart bypass and is in his 6th week of recovery. All went well but will be a while until he can get back involved with the allotment. I know he is itching to get back down there.

    Good luck everyone. Lets make it a great year!!
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    • savingpennies
    • By savingpennies 3rd Jan 19, 9:31 AM
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    I'm going to join in this year, as I would like to be self-sufficient, as least in salads and tomatoes this summer. I have a small greenhouse, three veg trugs and a tiny patch in the back garden. Fruit wise, I have raspberries growing against one fence, three cordon apples and a pear along another fence, 3 currant bushes, 2 blueberries and some strawberry plants. I've never had much of a crop (apart from raspberries) but last year I moved the blueberries and currants to give them more space and hope things will be better. I didn't get many strawberries either, so I am thinking of putting them in pots this year.

    I'm really hoping I can get lots of tips on tomatoes, as I suffer from tomato envy; all my friends/neighbours are more successful than me. I try every year, and although I've not completely failed, I never seem to get many or they ripen late in the year.

    I can grow beans (runner, French, broad) and courgettes. I've also successfully grown turnips and mixed salad leaves.

    I also have a thriving herb patch, which gets a bit overgrown, so I need to learn how to preserve as much as possible.

    So my aims for the year:
    More fruit, especially soft fruit,
    Lots of tomatoes,
    Lettuce and salad leaves,
    Salad veg - radishes, spring onions, beetroot,
    turnips,
    beans,
    courgettes,
    potatoes (in bags).
    Sorry for the long post
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 3rd Jan 19, 9:46 AM
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    Can i join in? Im still a newbie and struggle with organising everything. I made my first proper effort at growing last year, whilst ive always grown something its typically been a small batch of say carrots or spuds.

    Last year i grew:

    Strawberries
    Cauliflower
    Broccolli
    French beans (failed miserably)
    Courgette
    Basil
    Corriander
    Lemon balm
    Mint
    Spinach
    And squash.
    Forgot my peas, they where pretty rapant

    Ive got an apple tree that was potted last year and a pear tree that probably been in too small of a pot for too long and potentially dead but we'll see. The blackcurrant had its first crop last year but it amounted to about 9 berries.

    Had a great time last year, was ace just sending my 2 year old down the garden to pick herself some strawberries (yeh a few plants got damaged) and amazed at how many runners they sent out, ive not tidied them up so hoping theyll be happy enough with the mild winter weve had soo far, we'll see. And the squash, just wasnt prepared for that invasion! Took over most ofthe garden never mind the growing space. Im building a squash arch this year, the plants wherent that fruitful (i dont know if you need to help pollinate but the flowers kept falling off very easily, got a few squashes out of them though) so hopefully gives more space to plant some other things.

    Still on the look out for a cheap/free greenhouse, keep seeing them but can never get them in time. And i need to make sure i get some rhubarb planted this year.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 3rd Jan 19, 10:08 AM
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    Ooh lovely new thread. I am finishing full time work for retirement on 16th Jan and have lots of ideas about growing more things. We already grow masses of gooseberries, raspberries and rhubarb, all of which I would recommend. I plan to overhaul parts of the garden and move the greenhouse so this year might be a bit strange in terms of timing and planting. The last two years we have had borlotti beans which it should be too cold for as here in East Anglia as the Springs are normally too cold and soggy. We will try again.

    In the meantime I need to buy seeds.
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    • Thrice
    • By Thrice 3rd Jan 19, 10:29 AM
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    Morning all, can I join in please?

    We have a small back garden, I've grew things in the garden and in tubs on the patio at the back door, but just not a great deal. We have grew a cherry tree from scratch though, last year we actually got nearly 2 punnets of cherries from it!! We have wild raspberries, red currrants, blackberries and gooseberries growing in the garden. Not a huge amount, not like we could make jam, but normally enough to pick and eat in the garden while I'm doing other things The neighbours have two apple trees which we gather from each September (ish)

    I'm wanting to grow herbs this year, I need to look at doing some each week (or something) so I have an ongoing supply. When me and MrThrice plant, he tends to do 20 pots of the same thing, so we 'have loads', but I want to do some this week, some next week so we have a smaller but more constant supply.

    I need to buy seeds though, I've had some for years now which probably need replaced. I'll need to sort and clean all my tubs in preparation.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 19, 11:40 AM
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    Let's see if I can keep up this year. Tumour came back last autumn so can barely type, never mind manipulate small seedlings, but things are improving incrementally. I Put the last of 2018's tomatoes in a chilli yesterday (well I 'supervised' the putting of the tomatoes in the chilli). Only lost about six after neglecting them for a month in storage. Got a whole heap of catalogues to go through from the usual suspects, and another heap to recycle. I also need to go through 2018's gardening magazines, scan the useful articles & drop the magazines off at the chemo ward next time I'm there
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    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 19, 11:46 AM
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    Still on the look out for a cheap/free greenhouse, keep seeing them but can never get them in time. And i need to make sure i get some rhubarb planted this year.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 19, 11:49 AM
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    I also have a thriving herb patch, which gets a bit overgrown, so I need to learn how to preserve as much as possible.
    Originally posted by savingpennies
    I bought a dryer about 18 months ago - now we're overrun with dried herbs (which make nice presents when put in jars)
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    • By savingpennies 3rd Jan 19, 12:47 PM
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    I bought a dryer about 18 months ago - now we're overrun with dried herbs (which make nice presents when put in jars)
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Thanks, unrecordings. I saw one on the Lakeland website last week, I'll have another look now.
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 3rd Jan 19, 1:49 PM
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    thegreenhousepeople.co.uk - it's sale time right now as they clear stock ready for the new season
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Thanks, they look smart! Way out my price range though, im thinking more like 20 and copious cans of WD40.
    Don't be angry!
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 19, 3:45 PM
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    Thanks, they look smart! Way out my price range though, im thinking more like 20 and copious cans of WD40.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    WD40 ? (Wondering if I'm missing a trick here)
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    • By spadoosh 3rd Jan 19, 4:11 PM
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    WD40 ? (Wondering if I'm missing a trick here)
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    I was just thinking the bolts on a 20 greenhouse thats probably older than me are going to be difficult to remove.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 3rd Jan 19, 4:19 PM
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    Thanks for the new thread Dizzy Ditzy. I'm sort of on track for this year but I just need to finish off composting some of the beds. One tunnel is fine and still producing the other is not so tidy so I need to get in there ASAP as I got 2 fan shaped apricot trees this Christmas and I want to do them proud.
    I need to go through all my seeds and decide which ones to use, and which ones to throw away. I know it sounds wasteful but who needs 350 kale seeds on the front of every magazine I seem to buy, whereas there's only 35 seeds of sweetcorn in one packet - I need at least 3 packets - rant over

    Kantankrus Mare Your dad will be on the allotment before you know it. Just don't let him overdo it to start off with and make sure he has a chair so he can rest. Chatting to the other allotmenteers could be just the tonic he needs. I had valve replacements and bipasses last yr, 11hrs in surgery. I came home on day 9 and was in the supermarket on day 10, on my kawasaki mule by day 14 and back driving the car at 6 weeks. I realised that the heart is so well protected by the ribs that the healing of the sternum is the most important thing to get right. I was so careful not to knock myself but apart from that I just got on with life and the joy of not being out of breath, being able to walk up hills, to not feel tired all the time is hard to articulate. Give him 6 months and he'll be like a spring chicken again.

    Just starting to go dark so must go and give the chickens their corn.
    • teachergirl
    • By teachergirl 3rd Jan 19, 4:35 PM
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    Can I join in???? We have had an allotment for years. which is mostly just used for potatoes onions and raspberries as we were both working full time and looking after elderly relatives. This year we have both retired and have only one elderly relative to look after so hopefully a lot more time for growing .
    Bought a lot of vegetable seed packets at the RHS show for a 1 a packet and have already ordered them so we know when to plant.
    I am also keen to be a bit more adventurous. Anyone tried sweet potato???? They look a bit complicated but doable. Just wondered if anyone had ever tried
    Enough money to live on so retired early...planning to see where life takes me
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 3rd Jan 19, 5:01 PM
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    I was just thinking the bolts on a 20 greenhouse thats probably older than me are going to be difficult to remove.
    Originally posted by spadoosh
    Of course... (sometimes I'm too machiavellian for my own good)
    • Thrice
    • By Thrice 4th Jan 19, 9:33 AM
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    Morning all,

    I've looked out my DK book I got last Christmas, Grown your own in 1sqm (or something like that). I'm going to get a read through and see if I can pick out what I want to grow, and how much space it's likely to take up,

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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Jan 19, 11:20 AM
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    Let's see if I can keep up this year. Tumour came back last autumn so can barely type, never mind manipulate small seedlings, but things are improving incrementally. I Put the last of 2018's tomatoes in a chilli yesterday (well I 'supervised' the putting of the tomatoes in the chilli). Only lost about six after neglecting them for a month in storage. Got a whole heap of catalogues to go through from the usual suspects, and another heap to recycle. I also need to go through 2018's gardening magazines, scan the useful articles & drop the magazines off at the chemo ward next time I'm there
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Sorry to hear the tumour is back unrecordings. You seem so positive, I really hope you beat it into submission and you can live your life as positively and actively as you wish. I know from previous posts you are very supportive, with experience and advice to share with us less experienced forumites. So even if it is at a distance from your garden/allotment, do try and keep posting here!
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    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 4th Jan 19, 1:37 PM
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    Happy New Year Everyone
    Glad I found you this year and good to see some familiar names.


    Last year I had to cope with family bereavements and was away for large parts of the year - clearing Mum's house on the other side of the country.


    So my allotment went to pot and the best I could do was to collect anything that managed to show through. So not much in the way of brassicas this year.


    The good news is I've taken on another half plot which I've covered and will be going 'no dig' with. So just a bit of garlic in and some onions in at the mo.


    But I have plenty of seeds - so will be in planning mode for the next couple of weeks and then back in the saddle.


    Happy growing everyone.
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