Vegetable gardeners: What are you growing?
I seem to remember there are a few veggie growers on here, wondering what people are doing this year. Perhaps we could share advice and experiences?
Spent a good few hours in the garden over the last couple of beautiful weekends, putting right some of the neglect since baby arrived and work went mental.
Sown broad beans, peas, leeks and spring onions in my raised beds.
I put quite a lot of onions and garlic in last autumn, but have now added a load more for a bonus crop.
Think I’ll also have another go at courgettes, fennel, beetroot, carrots and pumpkins this year.Posted 9 years agostumpy01Member
First attempt this yr.
In the house at the moment, until they get big and strong:
In the cheap greenhouse propogator thing:
In the ground:
in the shed, awaiting planting soon:
curly kalePosted 9 years ago
We have Peas, carrots, sunflowers and beans all in seed pods all over our house, waiting to sprout.
Have a real monster of a rhubarb plant under cover at the moment 😉
Took on a disused allotment last year, its been hard work clearing the area and have a real problem with Cooch Grass, which means nothing much is going in apart from Potatoes in raised beds.Posted 9 years ago
stumpy – You’ve just reminded me to get more basil. It’s been one of my most reliable and prolific crops in the past. Had a greenhouse full of it the summer before last.
Anyone got any tips on treating a greenhouse to get rid of that green algae stuff? It ruined most of the stuff I put in there last year.Posted 9 years ago
If anyone is looking for a good outdoor tomato
‘Outdoor Girl’ has cropped well for us up the NE when others haven’t, small & sweet tasting
We also had lots of trouble with carrot fly until we found out that they can’t fly above 2’6″ so now all our carrots are grown in barrels & never suffer from itPosted 9 years ago
Miketually – fresh eggs and fresh spinach – yum.
Ski – I had to give my allotment up last year following arrival of baby, but when I needed to clear it I wasn’t ashamed of resorting to Roundup to clear it quickly and effectively. Good luck with the couch grass!Posted 9 years agowoffleMember
This year – going to be trying:
Variety of greens – lettuce etc
All planted in raised beds constructed out of scaffolding boards or in large containers. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick some old glazed windows/doors from the tip this year and add some roofed beds for bringing more on from seed going forward.
…and on the fruit side:
We inherited a few canes/bushes when we moved in and discovered a neglected veg/fruit patch – we have ‘rennovated’ them over the last 2 years and then added some apple / pear / plum trees as well as a selection of other bushes. They seem like less work than the vegs but do require an eye on pests and netting to keep the birds off.
Neither my wife or I had grown anything before we moved in 2 years ago – so don’t profess any expertise but it’s great getting out and harvesting and it’s been a boon in getting our two daughters to eat their greens. On the ‘tip’ side – our Kale got completely ravaged by caterpillars in our first year but we found companion planting seemed to keep the rest of our crops relatively intact (borage, marigolds etc in the corner of each bed). I’ll see if I can dig out the list of flowers we planted – looked really nice too!
Also found sweetcorn to be the biggest waste of time and space relative to crop. Followed closely by pumpkin / squashes…Posted 9 years agojimmySubscriber
just got some pots outside, planted some broad beans and garlic about 2 months back. They’ve just started going nuts and growing hyper-quick. We’ll only get one meal out of the beans, I should think but enough garlic for a few months. Although gonna try HFW’s wet-garlic bhajis. HmmmmmmmPosted 9 years agowoody2000Subscriber
Just got me an allotment, and after a few hard weekends clearing, digging and building raised beds, I’ve just started planting:
Maris Piper (in)
Desiree – chitting
King Eds – chitting
Bed 3 (pending!)
Broccoli – purple sprouting and “regular”
Will be chucking some salad leaves in wherever there’s room 🙂
It’s cost me a grand total of about £20 so far for the plants/seeds, and £30 for timber (old scaffolding boards) for the beds. Fingers crossed!Posted 9 years ago
Anyone using their front gardens to grow veg?
Had hanging baskets with tomatoes and chili peppers in last year, lost a few to people helping themselves as they passed.
Used to get the odd half eaten chili’s on my doorstep when I came back from work 😉
You could try herb window boxes if space is at a premium?Posted 9 years ago
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