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Re: Gardening

Post by wyvern » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:29 pm

humblebee wrote:I'm well gonna grow veg when I move into my new house. I don't know what time of year you should plant anything though. Is there anything you can plant in November and December or is it too late for everything by then?
If I remember you can sow stuff like potatoes, brussels, cauliflowers, things that are going to be harvested in spring/early summer. I can check it out for you if you like. Or plant bulbs. but you can't eat them!
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Re: Gardening

Post by wyvern » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:43 pm

I've just looked it up and you can only sow broad beans (hardy variety), peas (half hardy) in November. Nothing else really at that time of year. I can start you off with a wild strawberry in a pot for planting later on if you want, but it will spead like mad given the chance.
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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:33 pm

this is the progress of my back garden from when i planted it about 1.5 years ago up til a few days ago:
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:16 pm

Houston, we have germination!

I planted a load of seeds ten days ago and the courgettes have been really quick - four of them are an inch high already. Nothing else has peeped above the soil yet but some of the squash plants are just about to, I think.

This is all in pots and trays indoors at the moment. I sowed some tomatoes, peppers, chillis and basil in the greenhouse but they've done nothing and it was bastard freezing at the weekend so I've brought them back in for now.

When I get an hour or two I'm going to start a veg patch in the garden to plant out all this stuff later, and start off some leeks and carrots and that.

Oh, and the strawberry cutting wyvern gave me is in a pot and starting to go crazy. I'm thinking I'll transfer it to one of those wooden crates that your veg gets delivered in, rather than let it grow all over the place and get really massive and eat me.

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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:40 pm

aw, this is making me miss my garden already, just after a day. i have a garden here, but i'm not sure i'm allowed to plant in it. i might have to settle for pots.
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Re: Gardening

Post by stolenwine » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:52 pm

we've got a decent sized balcony and i want to grow some veggies/fruit/herbs but i don't know the first thing about gardening, nevermind growing a 'balcony garden'. i want to grow basil, coriander, thyme, oregano, sage, chillies, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, rocket, lettuce and garlic. but i'd be happy if i could grow just one of these things!

does anyone have any tips? i've looked online and a lot of stuff is really vague. i'm stupid and need step by step instructions.
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Re: Gardening

Post by humblebee » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:02 pm

I'm pretty sure you could do nearly all of that in pots, Sandy. Definitely all the herbs - I've planted up a pot with garlic, chives, parsley and coriander and they're all coming up OK so far. Strawberries need a bit more space than you'd get in a pot though, I think, and yer lettuces might need planting out. Saying that, if you've got a decent sized balcony then you might be able to get a big enough pot on it.

I couldn't really find any single book or website that I felt totally comfortable with, and it seems to me that there are so many micro-factors (for want of a better term) like the shade and soil in each garden (or window ledge), that I thought I'd just crack on with it and see what happened, and whatever doesn't work I'll try something different next year. Type thing.

I've transferred the courgettes and squash to the garden now. The chillis and tomatoes are coming up a treat in the conservatory so I'll get them potted up and in the greenhouse soon, cos there can't be any really cold nights left now, surely. The peppers aren't far behind. The basil is slow going but I'm sure it'll pull through. It feels bloody Mediterranean in this conservatory already.

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Re: Gardening

Post by tonieee » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:54 pm

Chives and garlic are the only edible things that I've been able to grow with any success so they must be dead easy. We've got them both in pots and are doing fine. It's ace having fresh chives on tap when you're making potato salad - just go out with a pair of scissors and a few snips later you're sorted.

Wild strawberries are easy too - in pots and in the ground and in the lawn and in the tarmac - they grow everywhere! You don't get much fruit off them though but it tastes nice.

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Re: Gardening

Post by mimpkin » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:39 pm

This year I've been following the moon planting guide on this website . . .
http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk
Today I planted sunflowers, Canary Creeper, Night Scented Stocks, Marigolds, Bronze Fennel and Clematis. Tomorrow it will be leafy things i.e. herbs, salad things. It sounds bonkers and I dunno if it will make any difference but I thought I'd give it a go.

We've started the next stage of the garden too, we've been digging out the new flower bed. I've got to move a full composter now though, mmm, nice.

The mason bees and leaf cutter bees are all coming out of the bee box. Bees are great, I could watch them for hours. They have very pretty faces. I can recommend a bee box to anyone, better than telly! (and these bees don't sting as far as I know)
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Re: Gardening

Post by tonieee » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:25 pm

mimpkin wrote:It sounds bonkers and I dunno if it will make any difference but I thought I'd give it a go.
I could accept that there's something in it - what is totally bonkers is the people who were on radio 4 the other night claiming that wine tastes different based on the moon and supermarkets base when they do wine tasting on it.

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Re: Gardening

Post by mimpkin » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:43 pm

Really? I'm going to have to have a look on the interweb about that.

It would be difficult to say whether the moon planting really works or not. Some years I grow stuff and its rubbish, some years the garden is like a forest of plants! I thought you just get good years and bad. I suppose to see if it really worked you'd have to plant the same things on each phase and note down what did what and what the conditions were etc etc. I'd be happy to try the wine tasting theory that way to see if it worked, but as for the noting down . . . nah, either I'd forget or get bored but most likely my brain would be too picked! :)

Does anyone have trouble growing spring onions? Mine always come out tiny. I can't grow big garlic either. Chives and Garlic chives grow great though.
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Re: Gardening

Post by Martijn » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:25 am

I've only just discovered this thread. I really like the idea of growing my own veggies in the garden, but I'm afraid I'll have to wait until I'm even more middle-aged and we actually have a garden. Until then, I like the idea of growing herbs in the kitchen (or somewhere). Marianthi, did you actually try that and, if you did, how did it work out?

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Re: Gardening

Post by crystalball » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:26 am

I look at this thread with envy, Martijn, because it seems there just isn't enough light coming through to my kitchen for things to grow properly. Mind you, there hasn't been much light until recently anyway, so I'm going to give it another go. You've got to be hopeful.

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Re: Gardening

Post by Martijn » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:54 pm

I might give it a try too then! I was a bit worried that your kitchen would be ideal for it, for ours is much lighter. Though finding a place without direct sunlight in it might be tricky.

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Re: Gardening

Post by let it ride » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:49 pm

We are finally going to a garden centre tomorrow! Hurrah! I've been wanting to for a couple of years, but lack of car for a long, long time, and lugging around soil and pots and things by foot around town was a bit of a pain.

So yay, we're taking the car so we can get big plants, and maybe some garden furniture! We have a very odd-looking garden. The lovely tree spilling over from the neighbours used to be SO nice: pretty and green, shielding us from view and giving us more of a garden-y feel. But they cut it down one day this winter, which made me really sad. So now, more than ever, it feels like there should be nice greenery around us!
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Re: Gardening

Post by Contravene » Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:16 pm

I have a neat array of plant pots on my windowsill growing garlic. Each one's got a name, Darren, Sharon and The Twins. But I fear they may soon grow too big for their pots.

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Re: Gardening

Post by nanski » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:40 pm

let it ride wrote:We are finally going to a garden centre tomorrow! Hurrah! I've been wanting to for a couple of years, but lack of car for a long, long time, and lugging around soil and pots and things by foot around town was a bit of a pain.
heh. i did gardening by taxi when i was in Sheffield. the taxi drivers would have hated me were it not for my big tips!
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Re: Gardening

Post by stolenwine » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:35 pm

a blog i read linked to this article about container gardening and it's got lots of tips for clueless people like me:

http://www.sunset.com/garden/fruits-veg ... 000012149/
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Re: Gardening

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:44 pm

I was just turning some soil over after weeding the borders in the garden, and I found where the cats take a dump. Fucking hell. My eyes.

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Re: Gardening

Post by RITH » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:32 pm

I got a, what do you English people call it, paprika (sweet pepper?) plant as a present last week. What do I do with it? It's got some almost full grown orange peppers on it already. Do I put it in the sun? Keep it in the shade?

There's a garden center two minutes walking from our house, which is nice. I suspect our garden will slowly but surely turn into a forest of fruit- and vegetable plants. What are good and easy things to start with? I'm afraid I need things that can hardly go wrong to start with. My fingers aren't exactly green yet.

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