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Hi, I have just joined this site and am new to forums so please bear with me if I have started in the wrong area. I have a small garden in Essex with a 27ft x 4ft raised bed I use for veg growing. Also lots of pots, some used for veg growing but mainly for plants and flowers. I also have a small area of shrubs. I avidly watch Gardens World and read the GW magazine but always want to know more. I am looking forward to contributing and learning more via the forums. Would love a potting shed but haven't the room.

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  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,673

    Do you have a small greenhouse?  I have 2 small plastic greenhouses which I grow most of my flowers and veg from seed and I have a few raised beds at bottom of my garden 1m or just a bit larger each raised bed.

    Do you like to grow your veg and flowers from seed?

  • I have a small lean-to greenhouse and a plastic one as well. I grow all my veg and most of our flowers from seed, sometimes with success and sometimes not. Tomatoes (Sungold), carrots, courgettes and swiss chard did extremely well this year. Runner beans and peas were rubbish. Had my best year ever with sweet peas and cosmos. Ive got cabbages, swiss chard, red onion and garlic in the raised bed at the moment.

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,673

    Sweet peas smell really good I had no luck this year as did not grow very well for me, last year there were loads Great for cut flowers.

    Same with my runner beans slugs were eating them a lot before growing much I put this down to the wet weather must of seen loads of slugs and snails this year, most of the stuff growing got eaten and not by me.

    Runner beans are my favorite vegetables to grow and eat

    Did you suffer with a slug/ snail problem this year?

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.

    Pepperted, re the forum,the people here seem to be very patient; I'm not a technocrat at all and seem to muddle through.

  • Welcome to the site PepperTed! You!, certainly get lots of gardening questions and answers on here and a lot more bedsides!
  • Hi PepperTed, welcome.image This, IMO is a very friendly forum and generous to a"T".

    I hope you enjoy being part of it and enjoy the gardening. image

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Hi Pepperted.

    I have not been here long. The information you can get is really good. 

    I used to manage with a little plastic greenhouse affair and grew hardy seeds using it. I have had a proper greenhouse for a year and love it. I am still trying to get the hang of vegetables, so that there is something all the time.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,172
    artjak wrote (see)

    Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.

     

    It is all in the preparation Artjak, the bed needs to be deeply dug with plenty of well rotted manure dug in then dress the top with granular fertiliser. Winter Spinach is more often called Spinach beet, you only use the leaves which taste like spinach.
    Sow in late July or August for a winter crop in a sheltered sunny site and thin out when the first shoots show then thin out again to about nine inches apart when they grow taller, the thinnings can be eaten.
    The summer crop should be sown in March and progresively sown for a continuous crop, this needs to be out of full sun as it will run to seed so a shaded spot will do nicely.

    Frank.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Palaisglide, thank you for the info - I had not realised that spinach was so greedy. Could I sow some winter spinach now in the greenhouse?

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