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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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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th May 19, 5:30 PM
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    Suffolk Lass really fascinating about the bees, enjoyed reading about them. Hope all ends well for both you and the bees.

    Yesterday planted out some celery, more beetroot and continued with the tidying up.
    Today just watered and checked the seeds. That was it for the day, came indoors and did some housework - not my most favourite pastime, but needs to be done.

    I'm going to sort through my freezers soon as I need to use up last years small bounty. What we can't/don't use - mainly cucumbers and courgettes - will give to the chickens as a treat.

    I knew I'd grown too many cucs last year so this year I only grew 2. Planted out both but one died. Now I'm in a panic hoping the other will survive and that I have enough.
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • baggins11
    • By baggins11 16th May 19, 7:17 PM
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    Zafiro do cucumber and courgette freeze ok? I was thinking about trying to dehydrate the courgette but didn't think I could keep the cucs apart from maybe pickling a few.

    I have a couple of courgettes already growing and lots of flowers so I better order a dehydrator!
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 17th May 19, 7:27 AM
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    Zafiro do cucumber and courgette freeze ok? I was thinking about trying to dehydrate the courgette but didn't think I could keep the cucs apart from maybe pickling a few.

    I have a couple of courgettes already growing and lots of flowers so I better order a dehydrator!
    Originally posted by baggins11
    I can't answer about cucumbers, but I grate raw courgettes, then freeze them in 250g bags. The grated courgette gets added to minced beef dishes (as padding) or defrosted and used for Nigella Lawson's Courgette Cake.

    Defrosted, raw courgette is mushy and watery. However, if you roast it first, it tends to maintain its texture and not turn to mush. (To roast: halve or quarter lengthwise, toss in olive oil and bake for 30-40 minutes in a preheated oven at 200C.)

    HTH

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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 17th May 19, 8:34 AM
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    That sounds really good CAGCGirl especially about the schools. Finding an area with a good school and spaces was by far my biggest stumbling block when I looked at areas. It will give you so much more flexibility.
    Originally posted by baggins11
    He's not educated in a school so we could go anywhere without having to give that aspect of life much thought... But obviously considering meeting his needs in other ways. Home education rocks!

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 17th May 19, 8:42 AM
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    How are the bees SuffolkLass?

    Few days off from the plot here.
    Operation Plant iD continues.

    Got some healthy looking celery on the go, which pleases me.
    Nervous about next trip up to see the seedlings and what's been eaten\destroyed.

    10 herb plants are waiting by the backdoor for their trip. Need some compost first to add to the intended herb bed. Quite pleased I managed to source some more 'out there's herbs than the usual. I've got bergamot, curry plant, chamomile and fennel - as well as cotton lavender, thyme
    , lemon thyme, marjoram, oregano and golden sage. For 2 each I was pleased with the variety.

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

    Trying to get by on a single Emergency Services income
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 17th May 19, 9:17 AM
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    Baggins11 I was unsure what to do with the surplus of cucs and courgettes last year so froze them with the intention of adding them to stews or making soup - none of which I did. I agree that once defrosted they are a mushy mess so I think the chickens are in for a treat as they are my mini-dustbins.
    This year I've one cucumber plant, one green courgette plus two yellow ones, that should be enough for us.

    Yesterday I wasted loads of time - I just couldn't be bothered until the evening and it had cooled down. Planted 25 sweetcorn under cover, sowed more mangetout for continuity and watered.

    I sat in the greenhouse for ages planning where everything needs to go not just veg/herbs but I've over 500 perennials and bedding plants all sown from seed that need homes.

    Weather a lot cooler today, I'll probably have more energy to do some outdoor things.
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 18th May 19, 6:38 AM
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    Good to hear everyone has been busy. I had a few days off to recharge my batteries, but today: Take delivery of five bags of bark chippings, tidy up the tomatoes in the greenhouses (further pinching out, removing the Xmas Grape which hasn't germinated, putting the last remaining Nimbus in growbags) then ---finally--- putting together some compost for alpines for Mrs Un. I might also try repotting an Orchid I found in Homebase for 75p, I dutifully googled growing media for Orchids and now I have a small tub of stuff that looks like it came out of the hoover. Tonight is going to be neither FA Cup, nor Eurovision, but Gareth Edwards' remake of Godzilla, which I'm really looking forward to (I'd better not fall asleep)
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • baggins11
    • By baggins11 18th May 19, 7:22 AM
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    Unrecordings let us know what Godzilla is like. I was going to book it but my son said he hadn't enjoyed the first. The second gets good reviews though i think.

    We take Eurovision very seriously in this house (apart from my OH who despairs of us).

    Good luck with the bargain orchid. Its the one houseplant I do well with. I think they thrive on my general neglect - had them years and they keep coming back into flower.

    Today I shall be mainly ivy wrangling..
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 18th May 19, 7:42 AM
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    Unrecordings let us know what Godzilla is like. I was going to book it but my son said he hadn't enjoyed the first. The second gets good reviews though i think.

    We take Eurovision very seriously in this house (apart from my OH who despairs of us).

    Good luck with the bargain orchid. Its the one houseplant I do well with. I think they thrive on my general neglect - had them years and they keep coming back into flower.

    Today I shall be mainly ivy wrangling..
    Originally posted by baggins11
    This 2014 version is supposed to be more of a reboot in keeping with the original 1950's Toho/Japanese version, and nothing to do with that remake with Matthew Broderick (though I liked Jean Reno in it)

    Back on Topic:
    Ivy Wrangling. Think I've read one of her whodunnits "The Insidious Vine"
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    • baggins11
    • By baggins11 18th May 19, 8:01 AM
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    LOL "The Insidious Vine"!

    When we first moved here my OH was still working away so I was home alone getting moved in. I had a conversation over the phone with him about how Ivy is trying to take over and its going to become a real problem.

    He was obviously listening to me as well as he usually does as the next conversation it had become apparent he thought I had a fall out with a neighbour. Now every time I say I am battling Ivy he makes a joke about being kind to neighbours.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 18th May 19, 9:04 AM
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    I'm finally back home for long enough to make it reasonable to plant some seedlings: so it's kale, and something else, not sure what I *need* to buy a bay plant, have I missed out, they've been and gone? I've been asking for ages, and I saw one in London last month but couldn't carry it home.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 19th May 19, 7:31 AM
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    This 2014 version is supposed to be more of a reboot in keeping with the original 1950's Toho/Japanese version
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Well the less said about that the better, I didn't enjoy it...

    ...In other news got a lot done yesterday. Put my last three Nimbus tomatoes in a growbag (grobag gro-bag?) and I'm very pleased to report that my Ailsa Craigs (also in greenhouse) have started to flower. I got that nice big tub of alpine potting mix done, and fixed the little plastic Haws watering can, I just need to test it again (the base easily snaps back on but will tend to seep unless you give the thing a good clean and seal the joint with wood glue/pva/etc before reassembly)

    As for the five bags of mulch, need to trim a hedge first - and I'm banned from using the trimmers
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    • dancing_star
    • By dancing_star 19th May 19, 8:54 AM
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    Put my last three Nimbus tomatoes in a growbag (grobag gro-bag?) and I'm very pleased to report that my Ailsa Craigs (also in greenhouse) have started to flower.
    Originally posted by unrecordings

    Wow, your tomatoes are way ahead of mine, even my first batch. My Sungolds are doing the best with the Ailsa Craigs a close second but none are anywhere near flowering yet.


    My first sowing of crimson flowering broad beans are just about flowering, well the flowers are poking out but not in full bloom yet. Apologies if that's the wrong terminology! Second sowing (direct, like the first) haven't sprouted yet.



    I've harvested my first couple of bunches of pak choi and going to have them for tea tonight as part of beef & broccoli stir fry. I'm having similar problems with this year's pak choi to last years - bolting. The couple of weeks of hot dry weather have dunnit I think.


    Finally decided on a patio apple tree for my half barrel, bought it yesterday. Sadly my cat had to be PTS so I am going to include his ashes in the barrel along with the apple tree.



    Going to visit a local walled garden in a minute, after I've finished my cuppa and pegged the washing out.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 19th May 19, 9:19 AM
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    Quite pleased I managed to source some more 'out there's herbs than the usual. I've got bergamot, curry plant, chamomile and fennel - as well as cotton lavender, thyme
    , lemon thyme, marjoram, oregano and golden sage. For 2 each I was pleased with the variety.
    Originally posted by CAFCGirl
    I love those more 'out there' herbs, I have an old recipe that I conjured up from somewhere nearly 30 years ago - might be Italian, might be French, I've no idea. I call it Lemony Chicken but it generally contains neither lemons nor chicken - I do tend to use a mix of fennel leaf, bergamot and maybe some verbena for the lemony bit (the rest is a secret)
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 19th May 19, 9:31 AM
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    Wow, your tomatoes are way ahead of mine, even my first batch. My Sungolds are doing the best with the Ailsa Craigs a close second but none are anywhere near flowering yet.

    I've harvested my first couple of bunches of pak choi and going to have them for tea tonight as part of beef & broccoli stir fry. I'm having similar problems with this year's pak choi to last years - bolting. The couple of weeks of hot dry weather have dunnit I think.

    Finally decided on a patio apple tree for my half barrel, bought it yesterday. Sadly my cat had to be PTS so I am going to include his ashes in the barrel along with the apple tree.
    Originally posted by dancing_star
    Looking at my calendar the Ailsa Craigs went into Grow Pots in the greenhouse four weeks ago, and I think it's been good greenhouse weather, so here's hoping for an early crop

    My Pak Choi always bolts, every year. Once it flowers I tend the leave it for the bees until the flowers fade, which is right about now in fact - it's going in tonight's ramen

    Sorry to hear about the little furry fellow, they do break your heart don't they. The apple tree sounds perfect
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    • dancing_star
    • By dancing_star 19th May 19, 9:37 AM
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    Sorry, do you mean you let the pak choi grow even after it's flowered, and pick and eat it anyway when the flowers have faded?


    I have removed the flowering heads and am hoping for the best. However if it is still viable and edible after flowering I will leave them to get bigger.
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 19th May 19, 9:46 AM
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    Finally decided on a patio apple tree for my half barrel, bought it yesterday. Sadly my cat had to be PTS so I am going to include his ashes in the barrel along with the apple tree.
    Originally posted by dancing_star
    Sorry to hear about the little furry fellow, they do break your heart don't they. The apple tree sounds perfect
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Condolences from me too, dancing star - thats good to put his ashes somewhere long term that will be with you for ages.


    I got back from a trip away on Friday afternoon, and haven't done a single thing in the garden yet but the green bin is collected next Tuesday, so I *have* to.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 19th May 19, 10:35 AM
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    Sorry, do you mean you let the pak choi grow even after it's flowered, and pick and eat it anyway when the flowers have faded?

    I have removed the flowering heads and am hoping for the best. However if it is still viable and edible after flowering I will leave them to get bigger.
    Originally posted by dancing_star
    Yup - pick what's still worth picking, it's past its best though once it has flowered so it's more a case of waste not want not. After that it depends on how urgently I want to change crops
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    • dancing_star
    • By dancing_star 19th May 19, 1:54 PM
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    thank you for the advice and the condolences. It was very sudden - probably a tumour - I never thought he would go before my other cat who is ancient and creaky and with renal failure. She will probably outlive me at this rate.



    I'm also relieved that other folks get the same problems with pak choi. At least it's not me being neglectful.


    Bit disappointed with my aubergines grown from seed. My only real disappointment - out of four seeds sown, three germinated. One is looking okay but still only about 3 inches tall, one is about 2 inches and looking a bit feeble, and one is barely an inch tall and hasn't really grown in about a week. Not sure whether to ditch the two weaklings and buy plug plants. Other people have said the harvest isn't really worth the effort so maybe I won't even bother with that. I'm in North Yorkshire, and they will be in the greenhouse, if anyone has any advice?
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 19th May 19, 4:14 PM
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    Personally (because I just make it up as I go along) I'd keep the seedlings until it became utterly apparent they were a waste of space & water AND I'd hedge my bets with something bought in. I hate aubergine, but I grew some last year for Mrs Un, they weren't that big, but apparently worked quite nicely cubed into some kind of heinous ragu
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