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I'm starting to learn to grow my own vegetables. Do you have any tips to share.

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Comment by Theresa on May 7, 2009 at 13:48
Hi Kevin

so far every spare minute to clear the ground. After that I expect an hour a day, max. I hope!

T
Comment by Kevin Tobin on May 7, 2009 at 12:25
Hey Guys hows it going? Our gardens been going good so far this year. We've one pretty big raised bed so far which has been supplying us with a steady supply of lettuce, cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli (which I think can be grown as a perennial?) We're expanding the garden structure to include 3 more raised beds and a fruit growing area.

A Q for theresa? What amount of time commitment per week do you think you'd roughly need to justify getting a polytunnel?

Best of luck to all and I hope your gardens burst with abundance this summer

Kevin
Comment by Theresa on May 6, 2009 at 20:11
Thanks Anna - I think the pollination didn't happen and I had them in block. Hopefully this year - with a brush!
Too big Charlie! I need farm hands at this stage. I have some summer vetch but no ground ready for that yet. I plan using it in the tunnel where the grapes are due to go in Autumn. I've put spuds in one of the "fallow" beds outside to help break up the ground.

So, how does hedgehog breeding go...
Comment by charlie easterfield on May 6, 2009 at 12:27
Hi Theresa, that sounds like a huge space, with tunnel and outside beds....so I'd be considering using a green manure crop,like mustard seed, for any beds that aren't yet in use....to improve the fertility and structure of the soil. Mustard can be dug in from around three to eight weeks after sowing. Well, if this crap weather changes!
Have you thought (tongue in cheek) of breeding and selling hedgehogs?!
Comment by Anna Browne on May 6, 2009 at 12:13
Theresa
Corn seed will rot if soil tems are not high enough. Also, the plants need to be in a block, as they are wind pollinated - which you may want to help with a brush. If pollination doesn't happen, the kernels don't develop.

Lucky you with a poly tunnel - and hedgehogs!

A
Comment by Theresa on May 6, 2009 at 11:59
We moved in December so had no time to prepare the ground for spring. The whole idea behind moving was veg growing and teaching the kids how - more importantly.

I've been reading and listening for months in preparation. The practice was our last home - 4 small raised beds late in the season so most of the contents were bought as plugs. I only sowed carrots, lettuce and sprouts from seed there. We planted courgettes - fab results, strawberries - disaster, corn - disaster (I think it has to be germinated or something as it grows?), cabbage - disaster (caterpillar food!), lettuce - I don't adore so was a sacrifice crop for the slugs (but they didn't stop there!), celery - okay, broccoli - okay (it was real broccoli, not calabresse which is what we usually eat), onions - good, peas - fab (kids ate them from the plants), tomatoes - absolute disaster, carrots - small and not very tasty.

So this year.....

I'm determined to taste the food I grow so organic and from seed is my plan - for most anyway. We got a 40x18ft polytunnel where I've been raising seeds and outside I started with 4 raised beds for a 4 year crop rotation. That has since become 5 raised beds and 5 flat beds for a 5 year crop rotation with one "station" fallow.

I'm almost afraid of what I have to do! So much work but we've noticed hedgehogs which explains the lack of slugs - yippee! One less problem
Comment by Anna Browne on May 5, 2009 at 23:12
Fruit and nuts both easier to grow than Veg - although it may take longer to get a return, once they get going there's a lot less work. From the Photo, your garden looks pretty good already!
Comment by charlie easterfield on April 30, 2009 at 0:21
I'm assuming fruit can be included in the veggie growing group? Blackcurrants, blueberries and raspberries are all enormously rewarding....and Physalis Edulus are to die for!
In my opinion, to start with, the smaller a crop you have of one thing the more you'll enjoy learning about them, and not get overwhelmed...
I agree with Suzie's tips....get to know local growers as most propagate more seedlings than they need, and can share tips along with their spares....
and remember, you can always compost your mistakes! Good luck, and enjoy!! xx
Comment by Suzie Cahn on April 29, 2009 at 8:43
Good luck with it. Top tips from my experience.
don't bite of more than you can chew first season
grow mostly what you like to eat but add a few new each year to expand your pallet
raise a plant rather than plant a seed when you can in modules and pots (direct sow parsnips, carrots and broad beans)
sucession sow lettuce, scallions, peas so you don't have a glut every two weeks for lettuce tuck them into any space to keep soil cover and avoid weeds finding space to grow
use green manure cover crops and mulches to avoid excess time spent weeding
do a course or start a garden club especially one spread over the season to have a support group to share your challenges and successes and to visit each others gardens to get inspiration
find a mentor
keep a diary of what you plan to do and what you actually do!
have fun share your produce eat in a group!
we'd be happy to show you around Dúlra's garden anytime.
Comment by Alex Duffy on April 26, 2009 at 6:58
Hi Martin,
We have just started our first garden in many years, by making 4 raised beds, I'll post a photo soon. This is a great idea.
Peace
Alex
 

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