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I have just dug over 5 small raise beds that we have here at the hospital. Each 1.75m x 3.5m.

They have been fed with chicken pellets, dug over 3 times and currently no weeds.

I am wanting to plant vegetables for all year round picking, salads, carrots, cabbages etc and am looking for advice and what to do. This is run by and for the patients here to help with our recovery from from mental health issues and i do believe this will help greatly. All produce will be used in cooking classes or given to patients when they leave as part of a care package so they do not have to worry about getting out for food straight after getting home.

Any advice and simplest and best growing methods would be great.




What a great idea. Having 5 beds means that you can rotate your crops, which is brilliant. You could start by getting some seed potatoes in one bed, carrots, peas , it may be a little late to plant Broad Beans for this year, but you can plant Runner and French beans in a month or so.

I recommend first that you get a good veg book, I use 'The Vegetable and Herb Expert' by Dr. Hessayon. You often see it going cheap in Charity shops.

Then you can either buy your seeds on line or at a local shop, places like Wilkinsons do seeds pretty cheaply and so do Pound Shops. The seed packets will tell you when to plant and how deep.

You will need to water the seedlings, and read the seed packets first as some seeds need a lot of warmth (a sunny window sill and a seed tray) to germinate.

Good luck with it, and we are all here to advise


What a brilliant project   Good luck!


Good advice from artjak. You can still grow Broad Beans its just that they will suffer more with black fly than autumn or early spring sown ones.

If growing carrots I would suggest covering the row with netting such as enviromesh to keep out the carrot fly.

All the best with your project.

Thank you Scroggin, Dovefromabove and Artjak.

I am going to the shops tomorrow to pick up some seeds and a few bits to get us started. A couple of local garden centres have kindly offered to donate some soil, equipment and wood to get the beds raised higher so our wheelchair patients can join in.

I hope to be discharged in a couple of weeks, so need to crack on. Thanks again for kind words, advice and support. 

Very much appreciated by us all here.



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Michael that sounds like an amazing idea and very therapeutic, well done x

i am a childminder and have a small veg plot that I tend with the children.

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Is it true that carrots can be sown straight in to sand cos it gives straight carrots true or false that is the question 

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Yes - if you have stony soil, or you've recently added manure, when a carrot root hits a stone or a lump of manure it'll fork,  It doesn't harm the plant but you'll get some interesting and amusing shapes - which are difficult to peel/scrub.

So, if you're in that state, use a spade to open up a vertical slit in the ground and waggle it back and forth to make a narrow V-shaped trench.  Fill that with sand, or sieved soil or potting compost and sow on top of that.  Good luck.

With a sudden rush of blood, yesterday I bought a stepover apple tree. I know nothing about growing apples .Help!! It is an Apple Winter Gem. Is it self pollinating? Does the soil  require any particular treatment before planting and how and when do I prune it?


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Hi guys I have just thinned out my carrots at 9 9.30 tonight will the dreaded carrot fly get at them or will they be dormant at that time of night any help thanks 


No idea at all - did you use a torch?

Can carrot flies see in the dark?  Given their diet one would rather suspect that they can 

Thanks I never knew there were so many pest until I started this veg growing