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#1 summer

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 12:03 AM

My husband and I are starting to grow our own vegetables , we don't have a very large backgarden, so we are going to use pots.
We have 3 tomato plants in pots , which seem to be doing ok and I am looking into growing strawberries in hanging baskets.

Our local garden centre suggested growing vegies in polystyrene boxes. They don't look the best but it is a cheap way of growing vegetables.

I am an amateur at growing vegies so any suggestions or hints would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Celia

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 02:40 AM

Most of my yard is used with my flower garden, so I've started growing vegies in pots also. I have snap beans, green and yellow peppers, and grape tomatoes. I tried to grow strawberries in pots a couple of years ago, but my dog ate them as they ripened, so I moved them to hanging pots and she managed to get ahold of those too! Maybe next year I'll have the hubby rotortill me a small spot in the yard and put chicken wire around it. I've also added herbs to my flower garden and have started to dry some bundles in my basement, such as sage, rosemary, greek oregeno, and orange mint. But my mint seems to have croaked on me, I'll try again next year.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:30 AM

Celia, it has been years since we grew our own vegies. We now live in an upstairs flat so there is no place to dig, nor any sun in the windows. :( Sometimes I miss it, especially the tomatoes. There is nothing like the smell of the leaves on your fingertips. At least we are right next to the woods and have fantastic views. Vee, I am surprised you have trouble with the mint. Ours took over the yard - we had to fight to get rid of it eventually.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 04:22 AM

I've had many veggie gardens, but it's been years. With the local farmers market, there really isn't a need for me to do so anymore. However, when I did, I didn't do anything special. I must have had great soil, because I threw seeds and and presto! I had more veggies than I knew what to do with.

There is NOTHING like a fresh tomato! Yummy!
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:32 AM

Hi, This year I have 3 kinds of tomatoes, plum, grape and yellow. I planted yellow and green beans but they're finished now, 8 hills of potatoes (I love to go and dig them fresh for supper), some herbs and some sunflowers for the birds and, to make me smile. :)
I find it difficult now to grow too much, too hard to prepare the soil ect. but it's something I can tinker around with when I'm feeling up to it.
I used to grow a green maure in the winter and dig it in the next spring and also rotate my plants. I'm strictly organic.
We compost all year and add it to the garden in the spring. We also get free compost from the town and I spread that on the flowers and lawn and they really love it.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:14 AM

Hi Ced,
I am no expert at gardning, I just play one on t.v., .....just kidding. One tip that really helped me here where the growing season is short, is to not start from seed. By the time the plant starts to flower, fall is here! Also I never use the trendy "quick" grow food fertilizers, I only use organic slow reliese fertalizers. They often smell a bit like fish, but it make for a more substantial plant.

This year I have sweet 100 and Roma tomatoes, Asian eggplant, lemon grass, basil, peppers, sweet peas, sugar snap peas, oregano, parsely, stevia, celantro, and mints. I tried to grow strawberries, but they all died...not sure what went wrong there.
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 12:55 AM

Thanks everyone for responding to my post, I shall let you all know how I get on with my vegie patch.

Thanks
Celia B)