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New veg for raised bed

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:42

I grown some Asparagus peas in a section of my raised beds, but i really don't like them So thinking of pulling them up and putting something else in.

So my question to the Gardeners world peeps is , what can i put in there at this late stage to harvest say Sept time?

I  already grow all the salad crops and peppers/chillies and beans.


Thanks gang

Black Spot and Pear Rust

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:39

Hey gang,

Not surprising after a rather soggy winter, my small pear tree has rust and my roses have Black spot. Does anyone know of a treatment that can get rid of both. So far i have found a fungicide for Black spot but i don't think it can be used on food crop plants. 

Many thanks in advance


Raised beds

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 11:26

Daisymay, mine were a little bit bigger so i had to buy in some topsoil (nearly 2 tons) I think the cheapest way to do it would be a mix of any topsoil you have spare and then use B&Q compost (if you don't mind using stuff from peat) 125lt is £6 a bag, so around 4-5 bags might do you. As for drainage raised beds lose water quickly so drainage isn't really necessary. But i would line the bottom & sides with plastic sheeting to stop it leaking out onto your patio and help with water retention.


Raised beds

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 22:35

 Made mine out of old decking boards, less than an hour to put together...filling them however takes a bit longer

Raised Veg beds design & construction

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:36

I built mine from unwanted decking boards, see the thread for pics

Worked really well and still look in good nick

Aubergine woes

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:45

Thanks Kef,

Ah i fed them to soon (thus the lovely plants )

I will keep them inside for a bit longer next time, i have a south facing patio which hopefully should be warm enough for them. The strange thing is the 1 fruit i did get was from a plant in the shade??

How to build your own raised beds

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:41

Well i have just pulled , tha last remaining bits out of them. I have to say they have worked brilliantly, providing a range of crops all summer. although i have learnt that you can't grow any kind of squash in them, as they tend to escape

James (sorry for the late reply) i bit the bullet and bought soil in (just off 2 tonnes for around £120) I thought to my self that to justify it, that i would have to have at least 100 salads from them (bags salads in the supermarket are about £1.50) to break even for this year, which i managed with ease, as well as all the other veg harvested from it.

I topped them up a bit with compost from B&Q. I'm not growing anything in them over winter . So going to get some horse manure to spread over the top which i will mix in , in spring. Then after that put some mushroom compost over the top just before i plant out.

Aubergine woes

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:31

I grew some standard aubergines from seeds, some in a raised bed (partly shady) and some in pots (full sun)

Both lots produced nice big healthy plants, but took ages to flower and then fruit never appeared. From a total of about 10 plants 1 grew 1 aubergine

I fed them as soon as the flowers came out and continued to do so.

Anyone have any tips or ideas of what i did wrong?


Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:18

I have found the cheapest place to get air tight containers/jars is Ikea 80p for the small ones £1 for the bigger one.

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:15

Well after all that i munched the lot (with a little help of friends and family) 

But heres what i did with my Chillies

Fish Sauce, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Sherry Vinegar

Cayenne Chillies

150g chopped chillies with seeds, garlic, ginger

Add the vinegar and blitz with a food processor

After blending

De-seed and remove the pith from the rest of the chillies and finely dice

Add the chillies and sugar

Start over a low heat to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved

Get it up to a rolling boil (for around 45min)

Cook until it starts to coat the back of a spoon (runny syrup)

Store in jars, it will thicken a bit when cooled (mines gone to a tomato ketchup consistency) Should keep for a while. 


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