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    Default Greetings from Sunny (well, it is today) South Cumbria

    Just joined and thought I'd say hello.

    Very new to all this, I've never had a garden before so when I retired and moved up here, a garden was one of the "must haves" on my checklist - specifically so that I can try to emulate Tom Good.

    On the veggie front, this year I'm trying Broad Beans (Dwarf), Green Sprouting Broccoli, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, a few Cabbages, Carrots, White and Romanesco Cauliflower, Courgettes, Leeks, Onions, lots of Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Runner Beans
    (Dwarf), Swedes, Sweetcorn and a few Tomatoes. Oh, and I've bought a second freezer

    Most of the veggies are growing nicely now so I can't have done too much wrong in the end. I'm (hopefully) learning all the time and have lots of notes to remind me what to do (and not to do) next year. for example, I think I sowed most of my seeds indoors too early and they didn't do too well so, for the time being, quite a lot of what is growing now started out as seedlings from garden centres.

    As to fruit, I inherited a thicket of raspberries and a bed of strawberries from the previous owner and they did well last year. I've added supports for the raspberries so harvesting will be easier, likewise I tidied the strawberry patch and they are looking happy. I've since added some currants (black, red and white) and a blackberry and I was given a Bramley apple tree last year. In the autumn I'm considering adding a tayberry as well.

    So far it's all been good fun and I haven't a clue how I found time to go to work


    All the best,
    Chris
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    Hi Chris and welcome from sunshiny South Wales
    Sounds like you're well on the way to being Tom Good with all your crops. How about chickens............and a goat called Geraldine? I'm a fan too
    Enjoy your retirement
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Hi Chris and welcome from sunshiny South Wales
    Sounds like you're well on the way to being Tom Good with all your crops. How about chickens............and a goat called Geraldine? I'm a fan too
    Cheers, but I don't think I've got space, nor time, for livestock as well - certainly till I know if I've got the hang of the fruit and veggies first.

    Still got plenty to do anyway. Once my nest of Tree Bumble Bees in the nesting box right beside the raspberries has expired I can finish netting the fruit cage. Then, later on, I'll be putting up a cage over the veggie patch too - with butterfly netting to keep off the Cabbage Whites, birds and the local felines, also to make tending the crops easier because I won't have to keep lifting and replacing nets. Part of the patch will remain unnetted for the plants that need pollination.

    I'm experimenting with what I can grow in pots/tub/dustbins too, so that I have more space in the ground either for veggies or simply for moving around without having to be quite so careful where I put my feet. It's rather cramped this year so I do need to have a rethink. I did buy a load of dustbins for planting but decided they were better put to use, at least for now, as a reserve bank for my water butts.

    Still, the first test of my labours comes later this week. I've got a joint of beef to roast so I'll be pulling my first pot of Chantenay carrots to go with it, as well as some of the first batch of Swift new spuds and an early Purple Sprouting Broccoli head that needs cutting soon - the latter was actually bought in a strip of Romanesco Cauli seedlings but there must have been an errant PSB seed that went in at the growers, coz it definitely ain't a Romanesco
    I can then sow some Nantes carrot seeds in the pot to compare the results with the ones I've got in the ground.

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    Hi Chris and welcome.

    Sounds like you have a nice patch there.

    Just remember that netting to keep birds out will also keep the slug and snail eating birds out as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    Hi Chris and welcome.

    Sounds like you have a nice patch there.

    Just remember that netting to keep birds out will also keep the slug and snail eating birds out as well.
    None of those types around here unfortunately - if only I could train the sparrows to eat slugs I'd be in with a chance.
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    Hi there, and welcome to the Vine from sunny Normandy!
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