Day 15: Grow your own #30DaysWild

It’s been a wet few days in the garden so apart from some sweeping up and a bit of nettle clearing before the rain gets me, I’ve been stuck inside with my head buried in gardening magazines and in particular the growing section.

I’ve always wanted to grow my own food especially over the last few years as I’ve found out a lot more about where food comes from and how it’s produced and it doesn’t sit right with me. I’d love to become self sufficient and since I’m veggie anyway, it’s easier (hopefully!)

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Recently, I’ve become interested in permaculture and I’m fascinated with the principles and often ask myself why it’s not mainstream?  That said, it makes me chuckle when I’ve mentioned permaculture to gardeners and they look me in bewilderment because they’ve been doing it for years, and it’s not a big deal to them.

Well for  a has been city girl, it is!

Since moving to my new place, we’ve made friends with the local maintenance man who can fix, grow and do just about anything.  I’d only been in a few days and he brought me up a whole range of seeds (he just had lying around) as well as some trays, hanging baskets and HUGE pile of Gardner’s World magazines.

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I’d like to attempt tomatoes too…. 

So now I have:

Beetroot (3 different types)

Mixed salad leaves

Carrots (I got myself)

Peas

Basil

Broad beans

And a few herbs , a big bag of compost and access to lots of manure.

I’m going to start indoors and then put them in the poly-tunnel (when I get one) as well as looking at making some raised beds too.   I’ve got a long way to go but I’m really excited! I plan to be organic but I need to look into this and make sure I’m doing it right.

It’s all a learning curve right?

Some links for you that I’ve been finding super useful:

Permaculture Magazine 

Permaculture Org

Sharing Memories…

I had a conversation with my nan the other day, she’s a keen gardener with a ‘let it grow wild’ approach. She’s tried to grow a few things only to have been defeated by ‘pests.’ I think she’s more passionate about flowers between me and you. She told me about her memories of growing up during the 50’s, when her mum and dad used to spend a considerable amount of time in their garden growing things. Although she can’t remember what they grew, she remembered the neighbours ‘taking a liking’ to their produce, never to be seen again!

She does has fond memories of her dad growing tomatoes plants in the kitchen windows and being treated to those sweet and healthy delights.

I’d love to know your tips for growing your own please!

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  1. treksandtors says:

    Have done this for 4 or 5 years now and have kind of settled on what I know will grow and what gets trashed by bugs!! Beetroot are brilliant (great choice), parsnips (as long as you have good well turned over soil, you may get a few of funny shapes but they taste great). Spuds, did them in large container pots (easy to do, just need a good watering). Courgettes (get these right and you’ll have gluts of them to make chutney, about 3 plants should be enough, at the end of the growing season for them, Sept leave one to grow as big as it gets, marrow size, and use it for your chutney). Any of the green bean family are great, I liked the dwarf french bean as the plants were smaller (took up less space but gave a good crop which I could freeze). Salad leaves, there is a way that you can pick the leaves so the plants keep giving you leaves, rather than taking on whole plant up to eat, take two or 3 leave maximum from each plant.
    Things I didn’t do well with, Cabbage and broccoli, cabbage white butterfly was my enemy, huge crops decimated by the caterpillars which hatched, even when I netted over them. Gave up in the end. Green leafy herbs, found Basil hard to keep alive, but the likes of Oregano, mint and thyme were really easy. Carrots, they barely grew and weren’t as hardy as the parsnips for some reason!! That’s about it, if you do fruit strawberries are great to get going with as the plants send of runners at the end of the strawberry season, which you stick in the ground to give you more plants. So you can buy 3 plants and have 9 or 12 within 2 or 3 years!!

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    1. WOW thanks for the tips! I admire you that you’ve been doing it for a while. I’ve always thought you need a lot of space but actually you really don’t. A colleague of mine said the other day, he’s had more success with growing in pots than actual veggi plot. Yes I know pets will be an issues but I’ve read some things that may keep them away without harming them (we’ll see!) Oh yes Leeks, can’t forget them. I figured, I’d start off small and see where that takes me. I’m going to get a poly -tunnel this weekend.

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      1. treksandtors says:

        You’ll get confidence from starting small for sure. Courgettes can be done in containers easily as well. There’s the old trick that Squash, green beans and sweetcorn all grow well together as they give each other nutrients that each other plant needs. The beans also grow up the sweetcorn whilst the squash cover the ground underneath. Not sure if that’s true but I’m sure I read it in a book somewhere!!

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  2. treksandtors says:

    Forgot Leeks, as you are in Wales!!!!!! Easy to grow and are ready in Nov time, just require thinning out as you plant them out. I think your worst issue will be rabbits and birds(pigeons) that want to eat your stuff!!

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