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Old 18-04-2009, 07:44 AM   #21
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I forgot about this, this is another way to grow potatoes, if you have limited space to grow even in winter, the tyre attracts heat the soil stays warm just plant and forget..
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Old 18-04-2009, 07:52 AM   #22
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VERY impressive Cheeney1 !!!!!

I too have an excess ... mainly pumpkins, which will also be going around to the local food bank. I've had an excellent year with beans, and the freezer is full of free flow!!, as well as lots of pumpkin soup. Been a great year for growing!! makes it all the more fun.

Heritage Seeds in NZ can be got from

www.koanga.co.nz who also have an informative web site.

Organic seeds also from

www.kingsseeds.co.nz

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Old 18-04-2009, 07:56 AM   #23
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i grow veg and fruit,

potateos,broc,carrots,parsnips,corgetts,onion, and spring onion.

raspberrys,toms,blackcurrants,redcurrants,grapes,c herrys,bluberrys and strawberrys.

all in raised beds and pots.

oh and peas...

what a great sense of joy all grown from seeds.

im gonna love july onwards, yum yum!

i suggest every one do it......
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Old 18-04-2009, 08:01 AM   #24
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VERY impressive Cheeney1 !!!!!

I too have an excess ... mainly pumpkins, which will also be going around to the local food bank. I've had an excellent year with beans, and the freezer is full of free flow!!, as well as lots of pumpkin soup. Been a great year for growing!! makes it all the more fun.

Heritage Seeds in NZ can be got from

www.koanga.co.nz who also have an informative web site.

Organic seeds also from

www.kingsseeds.co.nz

Cheers
Thanks Lem I'll check it out . I Planted Pumpkin as well but I think The Frosts are Going to beat me, I'll buy some frost cloth
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Old 18-04-2009, 08:04 AM   #25
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i grow veg and fruit,

potateos,broc,carrots,parsnips,corgetts,onion, and spring onion.

raspberrys,toms,blackcurrants,redcurrants,grapes,c herrys,bluberrys and strawberrys.

all in raised beds and pots.

oh and peas...

what a great sense of joy all grown from seeds.

im gonna love july onwards, yum yum!

i suggest every one do it......
Sounds good and tasty as well
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Old 22-04-2009, 06:59 AM   #26
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The Frost Bold My Spuds FFS oh well such is life
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Old 22-04-2009, 08:26 AM   #27
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i grow veg and fruit,

potateos,broc,carrots,parsnips,corgetts,onion, and spring onion.

raspberrys,toms,blackcurrants,redcurrants,grapes,c herrys,bluberrys and strawberrys.

all in raised beds and pots.

oh and peas...

what a great sense of joy all grown from seeds.

im gonna love july onwards, yum yum!

i suggest every one do it......
hi everyone - first post

I'd love to have raised beds but the cost of the wood is prohibitive - did you have wood already knocking about..?
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Old 22-04-2009, 10:35 AM   #28
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hi everyone - first post

I'd love to have raised beds but the cost of the wood is prohibitive ..

Pallets!
Building sites, neighbours, industrial parks etc.
Scrap wood decking - skips etc.

Ask first, then they're yours legit'.
Take pallets apart carefully with a wrecking bar,
straighten the nails, and everything you need is there.

Be careful using tanalised (pressure treated) timber because
it contains arsenic, so line with plastic (bin liners etc)
or else there might be some uptake in yer veg',
and do not inhale smoke from tanalised wood fire - 'cos it's nasty,
and you'll be fertilizing the ground!
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Old 22-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #29
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Is there any chance of having a sticky thread for this topic in one of the sections?

I'd love to share ideas, questions etc. with some of the more experienced gardeners!

And with gardening being seasonal, we'd all benefit from a heads up from the pro's / semi-pro's.
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Old 22-04-2009, 03:16 PM   #30
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Pallets!
Building sites, neighbours, industrial parks etc.
Scrap wood decking - skips etc.

Ask first, then they're yours legit'.
Take pallets apart carefully with a wrecking bar,
straighten the nails, and everything you need is there.

Be careful using tanalised (pressure treated) timber because
it contains arsenic, so line with plastic (bin liners etc)
or else there might be some uptake in yer veg',
and do not inhale smoke from tanalised wood fire - 'cos it's nasty,
and you'll be fertilizing the ground!
Thanks for the advice about the plastic bin liners - I don't know why I didn't think of pallets myself
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Old 22-04-2009, 03:48 PM   #31
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Hi

I just got a "SlugX" box to get the little gits.

My greenhouse is stuffed going to put everything out in the next few weeks
I am growing just about everything as its my 1st year and I am not sure what will work or not.
Bloody birds are eating th epeas I already put out though so I have had to cover them in netting CDs on stings are good scarers, I just have to put mine out though !!
I'll send some photos soon
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Old 23-04-2009, 01:20 AM   #32
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Isn't growing your own the best? I always feel great after a day down the allotment, all that fresh-air, excercise, & working with the soil. Hopefully I'll be down there for most of the next 3 days.
Using plastic botlles is a great way of bringing on young plants, especially all types of beans. They protect the plant, and keep moisture and humidity in, like mini-greenhouses.

This year so far I've got all sorts of stuff growing:-

Garlic, Onions, Loads of beans; Runner, Broad, climbing French, dwarf french, various spuds, 2 kinds of leeks, 2 x broccoli, 3 x carrots, parsnips, swedes,cucumbers,4 x tomatoes, various salad, herbs, sweet-peppers, chillis, courgettes,peas, cabbages, gherkins.......rhubarb, blackcurrents, blueberrys, raspberrys, white-currants, strawberries.......etc.

AND loads of nettles, and dandelions.

Wild flowers are a great idea, as are raised beds (but be careful, 'cos slugs like to live in them).

OY! Who's moderating tonight? A request, oh lovely one, this subject should really have it's own section, 'cos other similar bit's get taken over by gun-toting survival nuts. I think we wanna go more Hugh than Rambo on this one.

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Old 23-04-2009, 01:45 AM   #33
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I forgot about this, this is another way to grow potatoes, if you have limited space to grow even in winter, the tyre attracts heat the soil stays warm just plant and forget..
Yeah that is a good way of growing spuds. If you plant into a tyre (I use car tyres) then as the foliage comes up stack another tyre on top and earth up around the foliage (making sure to leave some green sticking out) you will get way more spuds at harvest time. You can go up to five tyres high easily.
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Old 23-04-2009, 01:55 AM   #34
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Yeah that is a good way of growing spuds. If you plant into a tyre (I use car tyres) then as the foliage comes up stack another tyre on top and earth up around the foliage (making sure to leave some green sticking out) you will get way more spuds at harvest time. You can go up to five tyres high easily.
I believe you can get them for free, there's no market for them now, so scrappies give 'em away. Brilliant space-saving idea Tomahawk, cucumbers are better growing up a pole too.
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Old 23-04-2009, 02:16 AM   #35
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A few pics of my garden taken a few weeks ago... I basically started from scratch this year. I will take more pics and post them as I progress..

From one side:

And the other:

Double digging for my spud patch:

The start of a double dig for a cabbage patch:


The soil is much different over here under the trees, my guess is that it contains a lot of organic matter from decayed leaves.

Some info on double digging:

http://www.iirr.org/saem/page134-137.htm

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Old 23-04-2009, 02:39 AM   #36
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I believe you can get them for free, there's no market for them now, so scrappies give 'em away. Brilliant space-saving idea Tomahawk, cucumbers are better growing up a pole too.
Yeah they are very easy to come by, I went to a local tyre changing center and they had a mountain of them about 15 feet high.
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Old 23-04-2009, 02:41 AM   #37
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Hey Tommers, you've got a nice view where you live, all of that fresh air must be lovely.
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Old 23-04-2009, 02:45 AM   #38
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I would get lots of fruit trees and berry bushes in there tomahawk. Looks like you have some space to play with and trees make food for you without having to plant them every year. Nut trees are another good idea coz of the protein. Also a special family tree. You could plant trees and bushes aroung the edge to form a edible living fence that will not need to be replaced like barbed wire etc.
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I would get lots of fruit trees and berry bushes in there tomahawk. Looks like you have some space to play with and trees make food for you without having to plant them every year. Nut trees are another good idea coz of the protein. Also a special family tree. You could plant trees and bushes aroung the edge to form a edible living fence that will not need to be replaced like barbed wire etc.
Thanks for the heads up on fruit bushes, I was thinking of planting willow along where the electric fence is now as a windbreak, fruit bushes and willow would make a nice combo. What bushes would you recommend?.
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Lots of diversity is important. I would aim for atleast 200 species. Off the top of my head wild rose would be good. You can make rose hip tea with them. You could put some apple, plum, apricot etc with the bushes in between. Berry bushes would be good. Raspberry is nice and prickly for any potential unwanted visitors and makes nice pies and jams. You don't really need more than a couple of each variety or just 1 in if your neighbours have one to keep yours company. Elderberry makes good wine and the flowers make very nice cordial much better when homemade. You can also make wine from the yellow winter flowers of gorse or silver birch sap. Lots more obviously that you can add as you go along. I can't remember what it is but there is a tree that has berries birds love to eat in the winter. I think it might be the crabapple:

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