veggie plots 2011

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sam from worthing

veggie plots 2011

am wondering what you are planning to grow this year?

i shall persever yet again with runner beans, last 2 years been awful (in uk and south coast).

I shall do french beans again, carrots, toms, peppers, hoping for aubergines, BNS, might try celeriac as we now love that, i shall try cauliflower again, but fear the grubs, and would like to try savoys again - had good success inour old house with them, unlucky here! spuds also, giving up with onions, will re try leeks, and some cut again lettuces. will also endeavour with herbs, but i am rubbish at growing them.

have dug over the main veg bed, and de-bugged the greenhouse, and jeyes fluid it, turned over the compost....bulbs growing galore, crocus, tulips bluebells and daff's all spouting though,

would love to hear your plans.

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veggie plots

I gave up with the veggies a few years ago, as we had 5 large beds, and only 2 people to feed. It was absolutely mad - I spent the entire summer breaking my back weeding, only to pile all the produce at the gate with a help yourself notice. I kid you not, I had cars driving out here specially.

This year I'm thinking about starting a small corner plot again. I'll stick to a few special things rather than boring stuff like spuds and carrots. Probably sugar snap peas, cut and come again salads, bobby beans, I already have herbs (they like it dry, but I've had great success with golden oregano, garlic chives, lovage and fennel despite the rain we get here), and maybe some outdoor cucumbers.

My only tip, never ever plant common pumpkins! They spread like mutant octopi, shooting out 20ft runners, and the resulting pumpkins are a watery, tasteless, inedible waste of time. Good for Halloween though.

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Elpe

veggie plots

Last year our runner beans turned out to be dwarf beans. We'd kept the packet so knew we weren't going gaga! Our rationale is to grow what we have room to freeze in the event of a glut but we always have onions, leeks, broccoli, spinach, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes - and various other veg as the fancy takes us. We also grow fruit - two different apple trees, two plums, raspberries (summer & autumn ones), blackberries, blueberries, strawberries - and as with the veg, something different eg. this year it's to be Honey Berries. Must get out and prepare the plots.

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foxylady

garden for veg

OH grows all the veg for 3 families in my mothers huge garden. Garlic and onions in since last Oct and now growing well after this hard winter. Leeks, Runner Beans,(lots of newspaper in the trench and watered well for good cropping) Mangetout, Sugar Snap, Parsnips, Climbing French beans, Broad Beans, Romanesco, Courgettes early potatoes(in barrels in greenhouse), the new veg we tried last year called Flower Sprouts(from Marshalls) which have stood up and cropped all winter while all other greens turned to mush. Red kale this year instead of Broccoli, plus chillies in greenhouse, mini cuc & toms. Probably other veg as well as lots of things get swopped down the local pub. OH also keeps 2 pub gardens under control and an elderly ladies garden + driving a truck 3 days a week even though he's been retired 5 yrs. Keeps him out of mischief!!!! foxy xx

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Expat Badger

veggie plots 2011

year 2 of the veg patch for us

loved the peas and they were a great success so def doing them again, plus the potatoes, spinach and beets again, and of course tomatoes

want to try onions, courgettes and cabbage too

we dug up the strawberry plants in autumn as they were a bit disappointing so we have more room this year

so when the foot of snow that we have right now has gone we'll get out there and start digging the ground is frozen till May in reality)

in the meantime the spare room is about to become a seedling nursery!!

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Karen`s Kitchen

Thin out seedlings

Only grow what you will eat or wish to give away.

In our greenhouse we have tomatoes, chillies, peppers. aubergines and cucumbers. We always have "just enough"
Outside onions and leeks grow well, carrots okay if planted in sandy or well drained soil. Our parsnips and turnips haven`t been good these last couple of years. Potatoes okay if a lot of land. Its the weeds that take over in our garden. Runner beans were a great disappopintment last year maybe due to the weather.

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JaneMR

Runner beans & newspaper

Foxylady, could I ask what the newspaper does for the beans? I am thinking of growing them this year and does it have to be a particular paper?!!!

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Grannie Cool

Runner Beans & Newspaper.

We always put newspapers into the trench like my Father had always done. He reckoned it kept the roots more moist.
We used to use the Daily Telegraph.
Gave the rest of the beans to our neighbour. He used The Sun. Amusingly our beans were always better than his...........make of that what you will!!!!!!!!!!!!

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foxylady

runner beans

"Foxylady, could I ask what the newspaper does for the beans? I am thinking of growing them this year and does it have to be a particular paper?!!!"
It's essential to use The Guardian under no circumstances should The Daily Mail be used if you want happy well bred beans!!!!!!!! Our bean trench always seems to lean to the left anyway. Happy cultivating. foxy x
ps OH always dug in the old roots to up the nitrogen levels in the soil, this seemingly is a myth as all the nitrogen goes into the beans themselves. (article in aforementioned The Guardian)

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JaneMR

Beans & paper

Thanks for the help, I'll have a look as to which way the sun is and counteract with the appropriate newspaper.

Thought: if I used Le Figaro, would I get french beans?

 
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