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    I was wondering how many of you are growing your own produce.
    I'd always had dreams of owning an allotment, but logistics etc meant I never got one. So a couple of years ago, I dug up a good half of our front garden and started planting. I thought it was big enough, but have further plans for next year. I'm growing fruit bushes: blueberries, black currents, goosedberries, raspberries. I also have a couple of cherry trees.
    Veg; parsnips, carrots, squash Kale (my first year), beetroots, lettuce varieties, tomatoes, green beans and herbs.

    Friends of mine took on a huge allotments last year and joined up with a lot of families to have the most amazing community allotment. They take kids from the school there to be involved and are in the process of setting up some hives as well. It's a fantastic.

    Tell me about yours!
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    I also want to grow cabbages, but every time I attempt them, I'm faced with catterpilla infestations and as I'm organicin approach, there are no chemicals to be used, so how do I avoid the same happening again?
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      I was offered an allotment once, but had to turn it down, as I just didn't have enough time for it.

      I used to grow quite a few veg in my old garden, but when we moved, the top end of the garden that I'd use for growing is quite shady, so I just have some large tubs and pots now. I always grow tomatoes, and this year I've got some peas, which are my favourite and will not make it as far as the kitchen. I'd love to grow more, it's such a nice thing to do, isn't it?
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      • #4
        Just raspberries, strawberries, parsley and tomatoes growing here. I have so many other seeds (carrots, spring onion, radish etc) but never got around to planting them, will have to check the packets to see if I've left it too late for this year.

        I have wonderful memories of helping my Nan and Grandad in their back garden, they had one of those lovely long gardens and grew potatoes, onions, runner beans, broad beans, sprouts, cabbage, lettice, shallots, sweetcorn, spinach, peas, radish, cucumbers, marrows, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, blackcurrents and 3 greenhouses of tomatoes I used to help with the sowing and picking and would sit with my Nan shelling the peas (agree with Celia, nothing better than peas straight from the pod). They grew so much my Grandad would walk down his road leaving veg on peoples doorsteps
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        • #5
          I am growing spinach, lettuce, parsnips, spring onions, beetroot, strawberries and even some container fruit trees

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          • #6
            Originally posted by beadsbydesign View Post
            I also want to grow cabbages, but every time I attempt them, I'm faced with catterpilla infestations and as I'm organicin approach, there are no chemicals to be used, so how do I avoid the same happening again?
            My sister is a head gardener and has her own allotment as well. I'll ask her about the caterpillar problem.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Daesul View Post
              My sister is a head gardener and has her own allotment as well. I'll ask her about the caterpillar problem.
              Thank you!!
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              • #8
                My Hubby has just got 2 allotments,I never see him now.Each morning he is there 5.30am,still love the strawberrys.
                moni

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                • #9
                  I don't grow anything (except weeds), but I do love making preserves with the surplus from friends' gardens and allotments.

                  Linda

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                  • #10
                    Oh, lucky you - you're growing all those cool weather crops I am never very successful with...our cool season is interspersed with hot, hot blasts and cold, cold blasts and little rain...and then caterpillars and such.

                    I like the botanical pyrethrin sprays as a natural approach - they contain soap and an extract from chrysanthemums and if you spray it right on the critter you can watch them drop right and left! I think one of the best ways to treat critters is to keep on top of them, which means checking a couple times a day...and spraying the little boogers. Then of course you have to wash all your veggies thoroughly after harvest. I had one spray that could be used the same day as harvest.

                    I have "Southern Variety" blueberry bushes and they are producing well this year...this is the first year I have had them in the ground instead of pots. And I have to amend the soil for them (rose and azalea soil)...for anything really, as our soil is heavy and full of clay and limestone.

                    I grow my tatties in huge tubs I get for free from the feed store...they had molasses cake - cattle feed - in them. My husband drills drainage holes in the bottoms of them for me. I put compost in the bottoms ( a few inches) and get them started, then add more with some mulch mixed in, as they grow. Harvest is easy, turn the pot on it's side and dump it all out!

                    If y'all have limited space, you can grow melons and squash and ANY viney thing on sections of fencing, or even sections of lattice...we pound T-posts in the ground and attach the "panel" and then plant along the bottom of it. Tie the vines loosely to the fence panel or lattice with strips of cloth as they grow taller. You can even have a raised bed along teh bottom if your soil isn't great. I have a friend in Austin who's tiny back yard is row after row of vertical garden!! And she has those hanging tomato growers.

                    One year, long long ago, I had tossed some old pumpkins under some cedar bushes and the next year had pumpkin vines growing up all through the bushes - with pumpkins dangling!! It was crazy!!

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                    • #11
                      I have a blueberry bush but it doesn't do very well here. I have raspberry canes too, they look good for this year, not much on them last year so they owe me.
                      Carol
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                      • #12
                        We have strawberrys, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, pumpkins and sweetcorn all growing in tubs and pots. Put anything in the ground and the hens just scratch it up. They have learnt not to go in my tubs after lots of shooing and hand clapping, although if they think I'm not looking they give it a try.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                          I have a blueberry bush but it doesn't do very well here.
                          My gardener sister says blueberry bushes need peat, so if you can get a peaty compost that would help.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by beadsbydesign View Post
                            I also want to grow cabbages, but every time I attempt them, I'm faced with catterpilla infestations and as I'm organicin approach, there are no chemicals to be used, so how do I avoid the same happening again?
                            OK, my gardener sister says she uses DiPel, a bacteria based product, but it's not usually available to amateur gardeners even though it's very safe. Harrod Horticultural do some nematodes but they only work in high temperatures. Or you can squash the caterpillars....
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                            • #15
                              I have a blueberry bush but it doesn't do very well here.
                              I listened to advice on blueberries recently on Gardeners Questio Time. They said that 2 things are important - they need acid soil, so if yours isn't, it's best to grow them in large pots, and they need their roots to be kept damp.
                              Celia
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