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Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 22:29
Will a piece that you have in the fridge work??? Do I keep indoors or out. I may just give this another go. Thanks

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 19:46
Thankyou Chica, last time I tried that I got nothing at all and when I looked at the ginger it had gone to mush!

We had kale in the raised bed this year. I stole 2 plants from my dad and they have been amazing. I have no idea on the variety and neither does dad. So feel free to suggest good varieties. It's a curly leaf and very mild greens flavour.

My main worry/annoyance is getting hold of plants (veg) the shops stock them in packs of 6-8 and v expensive.

I remember as a child pulling up at houses with signs on the road selling greens and leeks ready to plant in your beds at v decent prices.

How do you all do it. Peas, beans, carrots, parsnips, potatoes we have grown from seed and down direct but I'm lost in what else I can do from seed but won't waste the remainder of the pack before it goes off.

Any help would be appreciated. Or prolific cropping climbing French bean as I don't like stringy beans.

Thanks.

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:42
The drive goes up one side and the other us about 60ft x 20ft. With a bed at top next to house, circular in the centre and a corder bed by the drive entrance. Was going to out perennials - evergreens in here to give colour!

I have a large pop up greenhouse about 6ft x 8 ft so will put that up in the back garden where its more sheltered.

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 14:20
Well I Agree totally but we only had a concrete patch of 10ft square and the wood we had access to was this size. We put and across to access it! I wish I had more space but not at the back, we only have a small back garden but most of our space is at the front. I haven't yet look to change this to veg as I'm worried it will make the front of the house look messy. If I knew how to put a picture on here I would show you my garden.

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 12:01
Carrots I think, it's easy to fleece then fine net for carrot fly. Sorry for sounding like a non gardener but its really the first year that I will want to plant up 'properly' last year was all last minute as we didn't get my raised bed and tubs in till June!!!

What would you add for carrots?? It's a mixture of spent tomato and spend perenial compost that I used to start my plants while I was creating beds in my lawn.

I'm hoping that all the fibrous roots etc have composted over winter.

To hand I have sand that I used with seed soil. Could I use some of my raised bed soil with compost And sand?? How deep do you think for carrots like early Nantes.

Thanks

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 11:47
Fingers crossed then!!!!'

Any ideas for used compost would be great. I used some to mulch my perennials but have so much left. Could I improve it and use for any veg???

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 00:10
My soil is not sandy but not clay. We bought 6 tonnes of graded tip soil in. The fact my greens have loved it makes me think that it's a tad too heavy for carrots.

I know it sounds weird but I bought a dog bath, about 1.5ft wide by 4 ft and nearly 2 ft deep. I'm wondering if this could be a good carrot bed??

At the moment I have used compost stored in it. Do you think I could do anything with used compost to plant my carrots in or is this completely the wrong soil??

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 23:27
My dad has sworn by the dobbies varieties for the last 3 years in his raised beds and they have been amazing for him!

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 23:25
Ditto!! I tried dobbies carrots called Trevor and maestro as they are amazing and good resistance to fly. But mine looked amazing but put down not much root. I'm wondering if it was because my soil was new.

I have heard about giant flax or facks but wonder if anyone had grown these in raised beds.

I'm looking for a fast maturing carrot that is a good cropper.

Thanks

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 22:06
Thankyou Chica. I'm looking for a compact spring cabbage. Any ideas?? Sometimes I think when I buy 6/8 plants they are so expensive, seeds are economical but take more time!!!

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