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    Thinking of growing your own this year?

    Hints, questions, pics and experiences all welcome in this thread.

    The bbc have got a bit of a campaign going which might be useful to starters and experienced 'growers'

    Seeds offer that was mentioned in here before has now expired.

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    Original Poster

    This site could be useful.

    bbc.co.uk/digin/

    I always wanted to this. if only I had the time.

    I'm doing this. Getting topsoil and containers at the weekend to start planting potatoes etc, plus some free salad seeds from Lakeland

    thanks for this

    choc1969;4851785

    I'm doing this. Getting topsoil and containers at the weekend to start … I'm doing this. Getting topsoil and containers at the weekend to start planting potatoes etc, plus some free salad seeds from Lakeland



    Topsoil from frollickinfrill by any chance?

    WoolyM;4851955

    Topsoil from frollockinfrill by any chance?



    :w00t: too far......but I would have gone for it lol

    My step-dad's growing his own so thank you I'll tell him that, and I'm kinda growing my own... got a bun in the oven!!! :w00t:

    Im starting again after a miserable attempt last time, lol

    Im currently building a vegetable planter box, so will post pics when it finished. Hopefully, I can get a crop this time! :-D

    midjet666;4851971

    My step-dad's growing his own so thank you I'll tell him that, and I'm … My step-dad's growing his own so thank you I'll tell him that, and I'm kinda growing my own... got a bun in the oven!!! :w00t:



    Congrats! :w00t:

    birdyboyuk;4851982

    Im starting again after a miserable attempt last time, lolIm currently … Im starting again after a miserable attempt last time, lolIm currently building a vegetable planter box, so will post pics when it finished. Hopefully, I can get a crop this time! :-DCongrats! :w00t:



    lol thank you!! I've just been searching google about my sensitive gag reflex, I'm 16 weeks (tomorrow) and blowing my nose/taking tablets etc makes me gag so bad! This is my second pregnancy and I was hoping it had a cut off date lol. Doesn't seem it though :x

    Gonna attempt to grow stuff this year. But I do have varacious slugs in my garden. Have been known to finish off 8 small lettuces in a single sitting. Thought people were climbing into my garden initially. Might need to borrow Duckmagics ducks if he hires them out.

    Chesso

    i have built 2 raised beds, one for veg the other for salad. Already planted my first early potatoes after chitting them, sown my spring onions, radishes, carrots and lettuce, all seedlings just coming through Planted out my pea seedlings under cover and waiting for my tomatoes and cucumber plants from mums greenhouse. Also growing beans, sweetcorn and peppers this year. Will post pics when my internet has been fixed properly, typing like a mad woman incase i get cut off again!

    Original Poster

    Link to last year's Chillies thread - lots of good stuff there.
    hotukdeals.com/for…491


    Nice going midjet.:thumbsup:

    Bitsey, did you see in the photo thread that I was thinking of you and potatoes?? Did you have some for Christmas dinner? Looks like you're properly geared up this year. Could be bumper crops - slugs( as Woolly says) - allowing. 8 lettuces - but a snack for my monster molluscs. Looking forwards to the pics.:thumbsup: Good luck with internet fixing.:)

    I'm not a big 'producer' myself - more a flowers and foliage lady!! I've got my tomato seedlings going nicely , plus pots of Lady Cristl potates. One courgette!! Rhubarb is growing brilliantly. Parsley has germinated. Fruit bushes look good.

    Never give up Birdy - you got some good peppers last year didn't you? Did the chickens wipe out your produce?

    chesso;4852565

    Never give up Birdy - you got some good peppers last year didn't you? Did … Never give up Birdy - you got some good peppers last year didn't you? Did the chickens wipe out your produce?



    I did get peppers, yes! Didn't really use them tho......
    Chicken didn't wipe out the produce, as I did fence it off.
    I have now taken that all down, and got rid of my patch that I made.
    Instead, I am making a vegetable box, raised off the ground so the chooks can still roam around.
    Im hoping to have it finished today!

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/th_IMG_0080.jpg

    Here it is so far.....it is upside down as I need to put 2 runners along each side, and then attach legs, turn it over and then put in the bottom and should be good to go!.

    I am also doing mushrooms, as I was bought a kit for xmas. Should be good!

    that looks good birdyboyuk, I'm building a similar raised bed for veg. Hopefully get it done over Easter weekend. I'm hoping to grow carrots, spring onions, cauliflower and gonna try my favourite fruit Raspberries!!

    Hopefully this thread will be useful for me, never grown anything before but want to try and grow a couple of things this year.

    Planted some chili seeds and they have just started sprouting, will post photos at some point for advice on what to do next!
    Trouble is i have no garden planting space, so anything i grow will have to be on the windowsil inside or in pots outside, was considering one of those cheap 'greenhouses' form wilko (metal frame with shelves then a clear zip up cover thing).

    Any ideas on simple things to grow without actual ground planting space?!

    phil001;4853511

    Hopefully this thread will be useful for me, never grown anything before … Hopefully this thread will be useful for me, never grown anything before but want to try and grow a couple of things this year.Planted some chili seeds and they have just started sprouting, will post photos at some point for advice on what to do next!Trouble is i have no garden planting space, so anything i grow will have to be on the windowsil inside or in pots outside, was considering one of those cheap 'greenhouses' form wilko (metal frame with shelves then a clear zip up cover thing).Any ideas on simple things to grow without actual ground planting space?!



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    choc1969;4853547

    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-2315.aspx


    yep, that looks the same as the one in wilkos i think dont imagine they are that sturdy though!

    Original Poster

    dave_lunt2;4853152

    and gonna try my favourite fruit Raspberries!!


    I grow autumn fruiting raspberries because they are super easy. When established, cut down at the start of winter to the ground, cover with the contents of a compost bin - pick fruit next August!!

    phil001;4853511

    Hopefully this thread will be useful for me, never grown anything before … Hopefully this thread will be useful for me, never grown anything before but want to try and grow a couple of things this year.Planted some chili seeds and they have just started sprouting, will post photos at some point for advice on what to do next!Trouble is i have no garden planting space, so anything i grow will have to be on the windowsil inside or in pots outside, was considering one of those cheap 'greenhouses' form wilko (metal frame with shelves then a clear zip up cover thing).Any ideas on simple things to grow without actual ground planting space?!



    Grow them in pots. - anything that you fancy.

    They often do a lot better in pots than in the ground IMO.
    bbc.co.uk/gar…tml

    Original Poster

    The BBC GW site is really good for techniques and covers lots of topics bbc.co.uk/gar…tml

    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/bbcGWtechniquetopicsLarge.jpg

    Original Poster

    birdyboyuk;4852852

    I did get peppers, yes! Didn't really use them tho......Chicken didn't … I did get peppers, yes! Didn't really use them tho......Chicken didn't wipe out the produce, as I did fence it off.I have now taken that all down, and got rid of my patch that I made.Instead, I am making a vegetable box, raised off the ground so the chooks can still roam around.Im hoping to have it finished today!Here it is so far.....it is upside down as I need to put 2 runners along each side, and then attach legs, turn it over and then put in the bottom and should be good to go!.I am also doing mushrooms, as I was bought a kit for xmas. Should be good!



    Looking good to go again!! TBH my peppers were bitter; I think it was that dreadful wet August, or the variety I had, or me not giving them enough sweet talk.

    Mushrooms in the shed?

    chesso;4854662

    Looking good to go again!! TBH my peppers were bitter; I think it was … Looking good to go again!! TBH my peppers were bitter; I think it was that dreadful wet August, or the variety I had, or me not giving them enough sweet talk.Mushrooms in the shed?



    Mushrooms are being grown in a box, which is currently sitting on top of my comp!

    My PC is in the conservatory, and they need somewhere warm, so ideal place really!

    I've nearly finished me veg planter, will post pics soon!:thumbsup:

    birdyboyuk;4852852

    I did get peppers, yes! Didn't really use them tho......Chicken didn't … I did get peppers, yes! Didn't really use them tho......Chicken didn't wipe out the produce, as I did fence it off.I have now taken that all down, and got rid of my patch that I made.Instead, I am making a vegetable box, raised off the ground so the chooks can still roam around.Im hoping to have it finished today!Here it is so far.....it is upside down as I need to put 2 runners along each side, and then attach legs, turn it over and then put in the bottom and should be good to go!.I am also doing mushrooms, as I was bought a kit for xmas. Should be good!



    That looks good. Are you going to support in on something. It will be heavy when all the soil is in place. Sounds a good idea though. Apparently square foot gardening is much more productive than other types. (Google it - basically can weed much more effectively in a smaller area)

    Original Poster

    birdyboyuk;4855287

    Mushrooms are being grown in a box, which is currently sitting on top of … Mushrooms are being grown in a box, which is currently sitting on top of my comp!My PC is in the conservatory, and they need somewhere warm, so ideal place really!I've nearly finished me veg planter, will post pics soon!:thumbsup:



    & a vid !! - you're such a fun guy (sorry , couldn't resist the awful temptation after the talk of mushrooms :oops:)

    chesso;4856039

    & a vid !! - you're such a fun guy (sorry , couldn't resist the awful … & a vid !! - you're such a fun guy (sorry , couldn't resist the awful temptation after the talk of mushrooms :oops:)



    A vid! This is a family forum you know! ;-)

    Well, I have finally finished.
    Just need the compost and to lay some string out so I have squares to plant in....

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/th_IMG_0081.jpghttp://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/th_IMG_0082.jpghttp://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/th_IMG_0083.jpg

    This is the before picture....same area!

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/th_362ff30f.jpg

    I recycled the wood

    Original Poster

    Looks good. What have you done about drainage?

    chesso;4857398

    Looks good. What have you done about drainage?



    I have spaced the bottom layers apart, so there are gaps there. There are also holes in the wood from the nails I had to take out! Nightmare, as it was an old pallet!

    Just need to figure out how much compost to buy! :shock:

    Thanks for the link chesso.:thumbsup: Still got to get the greenhouse organised, some of you are way ahead of me this year:oops:

    Original Poster

    birdyboyuk;4857725

    I have spaced the bottom layers apart, so there are gaps there. There are … I have spaced the bottom layers apart, so there are gaps there. There are also holes in the wood from the nails I had to take out! Nightmare, as it was an old pallet!Just need to figure out how much compost to buy! :shock:


    hehe!! Lucky the planks didn't break apart.
    Just get loads more than you think you'll need - bound to come in useful. I would add some vermiculite as well.

    rosie2008;4857750

    Thanks for the link chesso.:thumbsup: Still got to get the greenhouse … Thanks for the link chesso.:thumbsup: Still got to get the greenhouse organised, some of you are way ahead of me this year:oops:


    You're very welcome.
    Later is better safe than sorry. :thumbsup: I would think that you won't want to be caught out by late frosts and low light.

    vermiculite



    Whats that!? :?

    chesso;4857844

    You're very welcome.Later is better safe than sorry. :thumbsup: I would … You're very welcome.Later is better safe than sorry. :thumbsup: I would think that you won't want to be caught out by late frosts and low light.



    :thumbsup: yep that`s true chesso and need an excuse anyway:-D

    Nice one, we're moving to a place with a garden in a coule of weeks, looking forward to plantin' some 'erbs!

    Original Poster

    birdyboyuk;4857861

    Whats that!? :?


    It's a type of expanded rock that comes as bits - sort of looks like rolled oats. I always add about 20-25% by volume of Vermiculite to potting compost ( I use multi-purpose with added John Innes compost) and it makes it lighter and airier. It also absorbs water and releases it slowly, plus does the same for nutrients. Sort of miracle stuff really.:thumbsup:

    Trickyjabs;4857909

    Nice one, we're moving to a place with a garden in a coule of weeks, … Nice one, we're moving to a place with a garden in a coule of weeks, looking forward to plantin' some 'erbs!


    Herbs should grow nicely in Utopia:thumbsup:

    rosie2008;4857875

    :thumbsup: yep that`s true chesso and need an excuse anyway.


    I have a wide range of them - an excuse for any gardening situation.:oops:

    Original Poster

    I applied for my seeds this morning.

    bbc.co.uk/dig…tml

    oooo. Thanks for the reminder chesso:thumbsup:

    well, so far my radishes have come through nicely and the lettuces, peas are fine under the fleecing. Bought a mushroom kit from Morrisions yesterday and have started the ball rolling with that.No sign of my potatoes or spring onions yet but its early days. Keeps raining so no taken any pics yet

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    WoolyM;4851955

    Topsoil from frollickinfrill by any chance?




    LOOOOOOL

    I was just about to add a similar comment for the box from birdyboyuk!!!!

    chesso;4893409

    I applied for my seeds this … I applied for my seeds this morning.http://www.bbc.co.uk/digin/apply_for_seeds_thanks.shtml



    I applied before they posted the message saying to try again on the 11th. Havent recieved anything yet. Unsure whether to apply again or not

    chesso;4893409

    I applied for my seeds this … I applied for my seeds this morning.http://www.bbc.co.uk/digin/apply_for_seeds_thanks.shtml



    cheers chesso, just applied for mine :thumbsup:

    this is a quick pic I just took of the salad bed, I know it needs weeding, the little blighters have popped up over the past few days with the rain!
    http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd316/bitseylango/garden001.jpg

    As you can see, our garden is on two levels, a right royal pain, the veg bed is at the top but as yet nothing has come through!
    http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd316/bitseylango/garden003.jpg

    Thanks chesso, wouldn't have seen this thread without the prompt.

    Will all come in very handy now I'm living on road kill and hedgerow produce
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