Excitable Boy

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Fruit & Veg Beginner

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 17:14

If you have a whole bed for salads you'll be eating a lot of salads!!

You still have time to plant most things from seed. Lettuce, radish, peas, mangetout, carrots, turnips, spring onions (although I find these more miss than hit tbh) could be planted this weekend. Just don't plant too much at once - better to plant a row every other week. You will have to buy tomato plants for your greenhouse, also cucumber and chillis (we have a large Tesco's down the road who have 3 chilli plants for £1.50 at the moment. 3 plants should be more than enough). You might try some sweetcorn in the greenhouse too if you have room. This can be grown outside too, but takes up a lot of space.

Towards the end of the month buy a courgette plant - only one unless you really like them - and plant some french beans if it's gotten a bit warmer.

In mid June you should be able to buy some leeks and the best veg of all - purple sprouting broccoli - at the transplant stage. You could probably just about grow these from seed now but given your limited space I don't think it would be worthwhile. Also means that someone else has done the hard part.

It is very worthwhile setting a small area aside for herbs. You only really need one plant of each type, so you should buy adult plants from garden centres or supermarkets. I would suggest thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley and mint to start (please read up about how to control mint first as it is very invasive).

That should keep you going over the weekend!

Fruit & Veg Beginner

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 16:31

Gosh, how long is a piece of string? Best thing I would say is grow things you like and try something different every year. Nothing is that difficult really although some veg take more looking after than others. Have a good look through this website and elsewhere and go for it!! Enjoy!!

Wes wrote (see)
Do I  need to keep certain group of veg in the same bed?

No you don't need to, but it makes your life easier if you do - for crop rotation, feeding, pest control, etc.

Talkback: Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 14:09

I just don't see the point of growing veg if you can't have purple sprouting broccoli

pinning down weed control fabric

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 13:59

I got these for mine - about 15p each if you buy 100, but I don't know whether you need that many:


Nice and strong and do what they say.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 13:29

@Woo Small world - I'm in Wickwar. Last weekend was the first time we've been to Wyevale in ages - they've changed it a lot!! Don't know whether I like the kids ball pool being in the restaurant, lol, but seems to be working for them.

Sorry to hear about your disaster - I have quite a lot of flower seedlings you can have as I'm restocking my garden but have got a bit carried away and planted up the whole pack of seeds and then found it difficult to throw seedlings away. I have anthirrrrinhhu... snapdragons, asters, love lies bleeding, dahlias (these have got mixed up, so it's a bit of pot luck as to colour/form) bedding begonias, sea holly, cardoon (got 12 of these - I only need one, d'oh! ), tagetes, I also have some chilis, parsley (both types), russian tarragon, thyme and probably a few other things I've forgotten. PM me with a phone number if you're interested in any of this as I will end up planting it all out far too close together and it'll be a farce.

God, it is so nice to see the sun, isn't it?

Talkback: How to grow basil from seed

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 09:01
Eddie Craig wrote (see)
Can basil and other herbs be grown inside on the windowsill in the winter months?

In theory, yes. In practice this is very difficult for mediterranean herbs like basil. I think this is because they require light as well as heat and, of course, you don't tend to get that inside in winter in the UK.

Tiny white bits on plants.

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:42

Greenfly don't lay eggs.

monty don

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 16:02

I like Monty, but I still miss Geoff

Blossom Trees

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:46

I should have thought you'd be OK with magnolia providing you are willing to give it a very brutal prune every other year. We inheirited one in the middle of our patio and I keep it at around 4m high, but it has a 6m spread and looks fantastic in flower. Very fast growing though - you need to commit to the pruning.

You might like to consider a cherry tree on a dwarf rootstock - these are supposed to reach only 10ft. Again they are fast growing. DO NOT get one without the dwarfing rootstock as they grow to 10m!

Possibly your best alternative is to go for Acers if you have acidic soil. No blossom, but fantastic leaf colour and shape, slow growing and not too large.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 10:48

Thinking of building an ark....

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