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Tomatoes, strawberries, onions, cauliflower and spring onions! My progress.

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 13:51

So I think with some of these I planted/sown to late, but here is an update of everything I am growing! 

The two tomato plants, I'm unsure if they will survive due to the time I sown the seeds. 







Sorry about all the pictures in one thread, but I just wanted to share! Its not much yet, but soon, once I gain experience there will be more! I also have radish growing everywhere, in between most of the other plants. Mint is also growing, but in a pot! Do you think my plants are doing well and do you have any tips to help my current plants grow to their best ability? Thanks for looking!










[video] - Are my plants doing okay? Plus is my soil ideal?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 22:38

I'll be outside all day tomorrow, as longs as the weather stays nice anyway! So I'll make sure to get rid of anything dead. Although, if only a small amount, lets say 1mm of the leaves are brown, should I still remove the whole leaf or just cut the small amount of brown off? 

I'm also going to take a trip down to my local news agents, they sell lots of garden supplies, including compost. I hope to get enough of that so I can have the area next to the poly-tunnel full of nice carrots, with a row of Onions and Mint! Let's hope they survive my rookie skills and give me some lovely harvest in the future! 

Thank you for all of the advice.

[video] - Are my plants doing okay? Plus is my soil ideal?

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 15:05



So I recorded a small video of everything, including my mini greenhouse... Two main questions, do the strawberry plants look healthy? Is the soil ideal for carrots, strawberries, tomato's and mint herb. Most of them are in the greenhouse, growing from seeds currently. 

 Just need to upload the second video of the greenhouse...

Its a work in progress, slowly working on digging the rest of the small tile, its tiring when you're 16 and all you do is eat, sleep, go to school, repeat. :P



Ants & Rocks/clay! How can I get the perfect plot?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 00:43

Thank you for the informative response! I have a lot of small stones but then I've found lots of football sized rocks (Half the height though), plus a load of bricks, so I'm curious to what was here before we moved in, we've found a lot around the garden like random slabs and wooden planks in certain areas... 

With the compost, is it worth buying a compost bin or can I just use a corner somewhere and pile it up there? I believe our council offer compost bins at half the retail price, but we do have 2 brown bins that have been full of lots of garden waste and dirt for around a year now, so I guess I could compress that as I would imagine a lot of it has started to rot. 

Ants & Rocks/clay! How can I get the perfect plot?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:47

Hello! So I decided that today would be the day that I started digging up the grass and making preparing the soil for planting! (Completely new gardener, vegetables)

Within seconds of digging up the first layer of grass I was swarmed with thousands of ants... I had ant killed nearby as we get them a lot on the patio (Next to where I'm digging), so I used a little and in 5 minutes they all went. So I continued to dig and add ant killer as I went along. So now I have my first row complete, around 0.6M wide and 2M+ long. 

My main concern is the ants. Will they affect any plants that I put in? Mainly planning strawberry plants that have been growing in pots for now, cauliflower that has also been growing in pots and what I'm waiting on coming; Carrots, Sprint Onion, and Herb Mint.  

Now my second annoyance should I say... As I was digging there was A LOT of rocks, big and small, if I got some out, there would be more and more... I've seen some guides to just digging the soil + rocks up and putting them in a milk tray to filter the rocks, then re-adding the soil, I'm fine with doing that but it will take a long time due to the fact that ants are not my cup of tea, so I would be running away every 2 minutes when finding another herd of ants... Is there any other way? The one thing I have thought of is just digging half a meter down and them filling it all in with compost, if that's cheap enough... Then of cause I will get my compost bin setup soon to keep a refreshing amount + using for potted plants etc... So that's the second problem.

Now to the last problem. Clay soil! So in my area it’s pretty much Clay Soil (Not sure if there is a specific name for it or not). Which I guess is good for some plants and bad for others? Referring back to my idea with the compost then I think I wouldn't have a problem with it, apart from the endless digging to get the right dept. Is there a way to treat clay soil so eventually I'll have nice soil to plant my veggies in? 

It’s a little bit long winded for which I am sorry for, but I'm really new to the garden and my knowledge is a little scarce on plants and landscaping. I'm only 16... 

Some more information that may be needed - 

I live in England, East Midlands. In our garden we have a lot of trees but no plants, so I couldn't say if any plants grow well here. Our neighbour that plants a lot of veggies just uses compost (I think from taking a peek), and has had conversations with my mother about the clay soil and how it’s a shame. Adding onto these conversations, we are the higher part of the side of the street, as the houses build on the lower side were build first, so all of the 'crap' was moved over to our side before our houses were built onto this matter. 

That pretty much sums it up! I would be most appreciative of everyone's advice and opinions. Thank you for reading.


First time strawberry grower!

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:24

So I bought some of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291111186906?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

I've planted some in big pots and some in concrete block pots - They have had flowers in them before we moved here, but they died around year ago. 

I planted them so that the crown isn't covered and they look like I've done it correctly... 

So I want to know if there is any tips you can give me/advice for growing and maintaining the plants? Thank you for reading!

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