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Author Topic:  My Garden  (Read 202 times)

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« on: 01, June 2022, 20:20:05 »
As the current community knows I planted a vegetable garden  at the beginning of April. I have already harvested the Okra and String beans and the Cherry tomatoes give me about 6 sweet as candy  cherry tomatoes a day.
The sweet potatoes won't be ready for another month.
My beef steak tomatoes are forming great and should be ready in about 10 days.
I have named the 2 biggest in the picture _people_ and Grommit for all the help and kindness you 2 give me.
I will keep you updated - I think they will get really big and red and sweet.
May be I can mail them to you 2 when the time comes   ;D
I really encourage people to do their own gardens - a tomato is actually a fruit and will get sweet like any fruit but only if you grow it and pick it ripe from the vine.

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« Reply #1 on: 01, June 2022, 23:19:30 »
Those look nice!

In Scotland you need a greenhouse to grow tomatoes. Nowadays with grocery price inflation growing your own food is quite tempting and it often tastes better than store bought fruit and vegetables.

The main problems I've encountered gardening are slugs and deer. For slugs a good method is to place a glass (can be jam jar etc) and fill it with cheap beer. Then the slugs get "drunk" and drown. It actually works really well. As far as deer goes short of enclosing everything in fences and using raised beds with lids etc the most effective remedy is to suggest that local butcher should stock locally raised free range venison if you know what I mean :P
Doesn't matter, you'd die anyway. ;D Shroud's a hacker. After many hours of deep thought I have came to that conclusion.


« Reply #2 on: 02, June 2022, 00:47:33 »
IDK how it is across the Atlantic, but I'm a bit fed up with low-quality out-of-season produce. I've recently started a hydroponic (indoor, soil-less) vegetable garden because of grocery store produce.

It's a fun hobby for me, although there's a lot of learning to be done - only my spinach has survived to the point of harvest. My first batch of veggies - spinach, lettuce, scallions, and parsley - hasn't done well, but I've learned a lot from it and I've got loads of ideas on how I can get my next setup to do well for a larger variety of veggies.

I hear peppers are easy with hydroponic setups, but I still need to figure out how to incorporate trellises into my current setup. I'd imagine tomatoes are similar to peppers so I can hopefully get some tomatoes after I get some successful peppers.
-- _people_ :)


« Reply #3 on: 02, June 2022, 14:12:06 »
Well as far as crops go I'd say divide isn't really west-east but north-south. Usually the problem is that some plants can't handle frost well that affects sowing time as subzero conditions will kill them that is an issue where I stay.

Something like works relatively well in a greenhouse and then you can transplant it when it outgrows it. At least with that type of arrangement you're unlikely to over or under water plants.

As far as things that grow well I've found potatoes grow well (just stick a potato in the ground and it grows on it's own!). Things like mint and thyme also grow well along with legumes (e.g. peas and beans). One aspect you also need to look into is soil and nutrients so I suspect that if you aren't giving them Potassium, Phosphates and Nitrates then your plants are unlikely to flourish.
Doesn't matter, you'd die anyway. ;D Shroud's a hacker. After many hours of deep thought I have came to that conclusion.


« Reply #4 on: 02, June 2022, 21:44:46 »
Just spotted this thread. Hmm - big, red and sweet. Well, I'm not red, but bigger than I should be. I had a small herb garden once but recently had a landscape gardener in to do a makeover. It's now lawn and raised flower beds. The picture is the small formal garden at the front of the house - the bigger one is at the back behind the fence panel. The grass at the front has just had its first cut since turfing.

With herbs (or 'erbs as you Merkans call them) mint is best grown in a container otherwise it spreads everywhere.


« Reply #5 on: 05, July 2022, 12:37:33 »
I dug up my sweet potatoes yesterday morning, they are beautiful!
Anyone have a good recipe?
I am thinking sweet potato pie or casserole,

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