Grow your own ?

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  1. raduv1

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    We have a very small garden , over the years though we have tried ( sometimes failed ) to grow a bit of fruit n veg.

    Some may say , oh my god ! You don't know the first thing . I would agree but we have had success and failure in our pitiful attempt . When it works it is great tasting though and well worth the little effort put in .

    I may get laughed at for this as all is in pots or grow bags , but hey ho we are quite proud of our efforts . Nothing quite like picking veg on a Sunday morning for a roast.

    This year's ( hopefully) crop includes.

    Runner Beans,
    Dwarf Green Beans,
    Carrots,
    Spring Onions,
    Tomatoes,
    Peppers,
    Strawberries.

    Not much but a start.
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    Runners.
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    Fruit n veg patch.

    Thinking of making the fruit n veg patch into a proper raised bed next year if all takes off.

    I miss my parents grow your own taste , long time ago and want that fresh sweet taste back

    Over to you lot .
     
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    We (I mean my wife) has been on the go with this years crop and we recently built a greenhouse and I added her a new raised bed affectionately called 'the coffin' for her runner beans.

    Strawberries, peppers, onions, sweetcorn, courgettes, runner beans, peas, tomatoes, broccoli and some other stuff.

    Planted a grapevine against the back fence as we had to leave the one bought for us by Mother In Law at our old house.

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    Last year I manged to grow quite a lot of chilli peppers. A range of different types as well. Will be keeping an eye on this thread
     
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    Got Strawbs coming. Onions harvested and drying out but don't actually look like they've grown.

    Runner beans are climbing well and the grape vine is spreading nicely. Not much in the way of success with other bits but I'll get some photos when I go back up the garden. IMG-20170627-WA0000.jpeg
     
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    First crop of Broad beans from the allotment and a tub of Strawberries from our glut (also from the allotment)



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    Got some peas and a tomato. [​IMG]
     
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    Beats me though :thumbsup:
     
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    A small orange tomato was added this morning also. I've eaten both tomatoes and the peas have been eaten also.

    I think we may have to supplement the GYO with some shop bought otherwise we'll starve.
     
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    I'm growing about 30 Chilli plants in my greenhouse, various types, some are starting to produce some chillies now, plenty of flowers on the rest so should get a crop sometime
     
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    I have 4 tomatoes and no sign of new flowers coming so they've cost me about £1.75 each :rolleyes::facepalm:
     
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    I've also got 4 tomato plants and not 1 tomato between them yet
     
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    Ah, there's hope yet then :thumbsup:
     
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    We've got loads at the moment. Just had a huge crop of Rasberries. Then some Tayberries which weren't particularly nice. Gooseberries soon, plus a load of apples, onions, runner beans and kale to follow.
     
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    Another bumper harvest. [​IMG]
     
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    Even more tomatoes and a courgette (apparently) [​IMG]
     
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    Some runner beans from the allotment, they look a bit black in the photo but they ain't.


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    Hi all , thought I'd update on me OP.

    Runners did ok , still learning and hope for a bigger crop next year.
    Carrots did really well, well pleased
    Tomms went mental and had trouble supporting the buggers .
    Spring Onions , a big fail.
    French beans started ok but poor placement on my part left them in the shade.
    Peppers , bit of a mixed bag as some lil buggers have eaten into some of them .
    Strawberries, good first year crop an should get better.

    Will be making a raised bed next year and hopefully with less is more outlook.

    Think if we do peppers next year then maybe grow them in the conservatory to avoid pests.
     
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    My achievements this year..

    Strawberries, first time with these and planted a little late but we got some from the plants although seemed to have lost some of the plants as the summer has gone on.

    Cucumbers and courgettes, again first time with these and planted these late as well (notice a theme here) also kept them in a little lean to greenhouse which proved a mistake for a couple of the varieties as they needed far more room, the lunch box variety yielded the most and tastiest cucumbers. There are still some growing but that will be the last of them.

    Bell Peppers, First time with these and planted these a little late as well ( :rolleyes: ) not picked any yet but a few on the plants still just waiting for them to ripen fully.

    Tomatoes, grown these the last couple of years, first year just grew 2 varieties a cherry and a salad style went well with an abundance of tomatoes, last year lost the whole crop as i had bought a cheep and cheerful type plastic green house that got wiped out in a storm taking all my seedlings with along with my enthusiasm
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    This year planted 6 different varieties a couple of different cherries, yellow, tiger, beef and salad, i am currently in the process of binning them all with out getting a single ripe tomato! It appears i have "late Blight" which i unfortunately didn't realise until all the plants were infected thinking it was just down to a neighbour not watering them properly while we were away, i think this has spread to my cucumbers as well although i'm not sure.

    Flip side, i was blasé with my planting this year and now have had a wakeup call, next year i will read up on what i'm planting and do a couple of crops to try to get some earlyer and a longer harvesting period.

    Would also like to try a few veg.
     
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    It's good fun though , even the fails as we learn by our mistakes. I blame my sister in law for not getting a bumper runner crop as I was going to pinch the tops out . She told us not to and just trail them back down so in the end all the plants energy went into plant growth rather than bean growth . I will not make that mistake next year.

    This year was the first time we used the plastic pots to insert into grow bags for the tomms and they work great . Got really strong plants using these .
     
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    I was looking at those early on and had a set on amazon in my basket and then they jumped in price, part of the problem was i was going to need 7 grow bags so was going to get a bit expensive. I'm thinking of getting a few plastic containers at the end of the season when the sale of this years stock start.

    It is good fun and i've certainly learnt a lot this year, i especially enjoy the taste, so much better than what you can buy. i was thinking of maybe looking at an allotment in a year or 2 if i've still got the bug
     
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    Had a good crop of runner beans, still getting them at the moment, tomatoes have been good. Picked some tonight. Leeks looked like spring onions, not too successful with carrots but we did get some that did a few meals.

    Our pear tree exploded with fruit this year after producing 1 scabby pear last year. Lots of cooking apples from the neighbours tree.

    And our grape vine is doing well and producing fruit. IMG_20171010_182619.jpg IMG_20171010_182234.jpg IMG_20171010_182223.jpg
     
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    *Adds MrSossidge to ignore list*

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    After my previous post my daughter begged me to allow her to grow something, we were just out of the end of the planting season for most things but to keep her happy we dropped some Little gems lettuce and some turnips in a small area of garden that she started digging and i finished :rolleyes: as well as beetroot and radish in a couple of planters. Sadly the little gems never got going and the small shoots we had fed the slugs one night, the turnips have leafed but seem stagnant now but will keep an eye on them just incase the beetroot is still going but not sure if we will get anything to edible from them and the first lot of radish is being this weekend.

    Decided to make some planters for next year from old pallets as they won't cost anything and i have a raised bed in the front garden that the walls are collapsing on so it gives me somewhere to put the soil from that. If they only last a couple of years then alls good as thats all i expect.
     
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    Recently moved house and finally have a decent garden for growing! Growing my own blueberries at the moment and excited to try them :)
     
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    Still picking tomatoes at the moment. Runner beans are now done. Picked some yesterday but they are to big, woody and not very tasty at all so they've gone in the bin.

    Homemade Tomato and Mascarpone soup today with the toms and still more on the plants.

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    Ah nice mate , we made some tom, pepper, chilli and onion chutney up with the the left overs . Will go nice with some strong cheddar.
     
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    This year's chilli plants coming along
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    Nice start

    Just built some veg beds in my new build house ready for salad stuff

    Lost my greenhouse though so not sure about chilli this yer
     
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    Anybody started growing anything yet. We’ve got some (maybe enough for a meal for two) purple sprouting broccoli ready. Strawberries, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, courgette, peppers, peas, melon, broccoli all in. Some seeds for germination and some plants.
     
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    I’ve never really been into growing before but last year I had the most amazing tomatoes that one of my customers grew. They were baby Plumb or something.

    I saved a couple of tomatoes and dried the seeds and out of the 10 or so seeds, so far I have two growing. I’m really excited about them:D

    I’ve also got an avocado growing. No idea if it’ll ever fruit in my lifetime. I doubt it.
     
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    We had some lovely tomatoes last year too. Hopefully we've got them again this year.
     

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