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The Vegetable Patch 2019

Bionic

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We have a half decent green house that we grow a few tomato’s and chillies in and we usually have some runner beans growing up the trellis that forms the fence between our front and back garden. Other than that we have a couple of patches of rhubarb and herbs as well as occasionally peas and onions growing in a couple of old concrete cattle troughs. I’m tempted to have a go at a few raised beds (possibly by repurposing some tractor tyres?) simply because although we’re blessed with about 1/3 of an acre of garden it’s pretty hard and stony (the soil also seems to contain a lot of broken glass) and my back doesn’t take kindly to a lot of digging and bending at the best of times. The only problem is the kids seem to have claimed the back garden which means I’d have to put them in the front which has a lot of tree cover and hence not a lot of light despite being south facing 🤔 I’ll have to keep thinking about it for now :)
 

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We have a half decent green house that we grow a few tomato’s and chillies in and we usually have some runner beans growing up the trellis that forms the fence between our front and back garden. Other than that we have a couple of patches of rhubarb and herbs as well as occasionally peas and onions growing in a couple of old concrete cattle troughs. I’m tempted to have a go at a few raised beds (possibly by repurposing some tractor tyres?) simply because although we’re blessed with about 1/3 of an acre of garden it’s pretty hard and stony (the soil also seems to contain a lot of broken glass) and my back doesn’t take kindly to a lot of digging and bending at the best of times. The only problem is the kids seem to have claimed the back garden which means I’d have to put them in the front which has a lot of tree cover and hence not a lot of light despite being south facing 🤔 I’ll have to keep thinking about it for now :)
Old tractor tyres are ideal Bionic, what I would recommend is packing the inside of the tyre with straw before adding the topsoil because it will stay nice and warm then broadcast sow the seed instead of growing in rows. Another idea is to mix radish seed with carrot seed, this means you get a catch crop of raddish and reduce the amount of thinning required
 
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Bam

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Was up at the new allotment on saturday cracking on with the rest of the infrastructure, she's got a few beds in now so ready to plant onions and carrots soon and tatties to follow. I'll get some pics next time I'm up.
 

Joecole

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Was up at the new allotment on saturday cracking on with the rest of the infrastructure, she's got a few beds in now so ready to plant onions and carrots soon and tatties to follow. I'll get some pics next time I'm up.
Little tip Bam, always put your onions shallots and garlic in in late autumn
 

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Sturon onions sets are what she's putting in, she says its fine. To be fair she's pretty good at it all, been doing it for a fair while now.
Where we are now apparently carrots are a problem so she's got her heart set on being the Queen of Carrots. :lol: Keeps her off my back anyway.
 

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Sturon onions sets are what she's putting in, she says its fine. To be fair she's pretty good at it all, been doing it for a fair while now.
Where we are now apparently carrots are a problem so she's got her heart set on being the Queen of Carrots. :lol: Keeps her off my back anyway.
well it saves your back
 

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A good days work does reap the rewards, lots of peas going in this year ,have so much veg in the freezer next years crop might not be needed.

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ill be doing a test with the pic with the red and white tape. 9 Gourmadine potatoes have been planted there (leftovers) and they will not get any help form me, no feeding , no water, nothing, I do have a planter with also 9 in from the same seed potatoes, will the crop yield be different??
 

Joecole

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A good days work does reap the rewards, lots of peas going in this year ,have so much veg in the freezer next years crop might not be needed.

WView attachment 16592View attachment 16593View attachment 16594View attachment 16595View attachment 16596ill be doing a test with the pic with the red and white tape. 9 Gourmadine potatoes have been planted there (leftovers) and they will not get any help form me, no feeding , no water, nothing, I do have a planter with also 9 in from the same seed potatoes, will the crop yield be different??
It will be interesting to see the result
 
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