Grow your own 'patio veg' May 2016

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I finally planted some veg in MAY!  Lots of these could be planted from March, but when the last frost has passed.  Unbelievably, my car was still iced over a few times at the end of April when I left for work.  How crazy is that?!  I was planting my seeds directly into the soil outdoors, so had to wait.

My leek, carrot, beetroot, green bean and courgette seeds are from who sell organic seeds in very modern packaging with very easy to follow instructions!  My friend gave me the carrot and beetroot seeds as a gift last year, for Christmas perhaps, and I had to visit their website to see what else they had.  I then got the others!

It was a tad late for me to order their tomato seeds, so I purchased two plants from the garden centre.  My courgette seeds didn't sprout, so I have purchased one courgette plant from the garden centre, just in case.  I've since soaked the courgette seeds to see if it makes a difference.  I may plant a few more as they can still be planted in June.  I love courgette so an abundance would not be a problem!

Last year I only purchased plants from the garden centre, so it was a lot easier!  This year I've done it nearly all from seed. I was amazed that they are all starting to grow!  Woohoo!

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So chuffed with my new trugs!  Not the official Veg Trugs, but by Blooma.  I picked them up one day for less than half price in B&Q.  Those are the tomato plants from the garden centre.  I must grow from seed next year.

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Hello little green beans!  These suddenly shot on through the soil out of nowhere!

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Green beans sprouting!

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So carrot fly is a thing.  After my black kale and cauliflower got demolished last year, I decided to cover with thin mesh netting whilst these get going!  Carrot fly is apparently attracted to the sweet smell produced as carrots sprout and begin to grow.  In here are carrots, leeks and beetroot.

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Ooh hello baby carrot!

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Beetroot :)

My leeks are also now growing.  They just look like grass as they come through!  Straight little lines.   They took a little longer than the rest.  So excited to see these all grow.


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  1. Louise G

    Very informative, you've almost convinced me to give home growing a try!

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  2. Harline Parkin

    It love this blog so many ideas I've always said I want to grow my own veg and fruit

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  3. Amy Fidler

    I got a new allotment last year,and it looks like ive had luck growing my own veg x

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  4. Jacqueline Roberts

    Wish I could garden I have the room to grow veg, alas not the strength.....shame there not a garden hire scheme would love someone to use my garden as an allotment.

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  5. Sheena Batey

    Really should get out and do some work on our allotment but when we have free time it's always raining.

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  6. Irene Wright

    Nothing tastes better than eating vegetable you have grown yourself. You know they are FRESH!!!

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  7. Lorraine Stone

    LOVE that you tried again and had success! I have been growing veg for six years, the best year was the first one. But I don't let it get me down, just keep on plodding on. Have just ordered a batch of seeds for this year and have the potatoes ready to go when the weather is a bit better. Enjoy.

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  8. Kim Styles

    I love these trugs- I have never seen them before but what a great idea. My soil is all hardcore and top soil so it is hard to grown anything - these would be the answer

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  9. Alastair Pert

    Completely failed last year, but hoping my beetroot and carrots are more successful this year so I can make some yummy "healthy" cakes! ;-)

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  10. @MrsPrasai

    Hi Victoria, I'm having a first crack at growing this year too! the kids are getting on board. We've got tomatoes, cucumbers, runner beans, peas, chillis and potatoes. some grown from seed, others donated by neighbours or bought from plant local sales. Going well so far... albeit the greenhouse temperature fluctuating with the hot/cold weather we're having currently isn't helping! *** Victoria's Reply *** Ooh that's amazing you have a greenhouse! I must invest once we've worked out what we're doing in our garden :) I grew potatoes last year in sacks - 10 sacks! We had so many. They suddenly grow like mad and go crazy! It's so fun watching everything grow :) I'll take some updated pictures next week as everythings really starting to come through now! Happy growing :)

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  11. Ee exciting! I've got lettuce, spring onion, carrots & tomato's all growing away from seeds. Everything except tomato's are still in pots on my window sill in the kitchen as I didn't trust the 3 year old not to fig them up in the garden. I tried fruit but they ALL died ? *** Victoria's Reply *** Ooh what fruit did you try? I've not tried fruit from seed, but we have lots of fruit trees. Apples, cherries, mulberries and raspberries which we'll get this year. I planted plum and pear trees last year, so we'll not have the fruit for a while yet. We also have strawberries everywhere as they spread every year!

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