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    red_squirrel is offline Germinator
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    Hi All,

    For the last few years I've always been thinking about growing my own fruit and vegetables but I have never had a clue where to start.

    This year though I have decided to do it :-)

    I'm currently weeding my front and back garden in preparation of planting something.

    My logic behind it is I want to plant the things we'd normally buy a lot of. So with that in mind I've decided to plant King Edwards, leeks, onions and tomatoes - my neighbour has also said he'd give me some strawberries as well.

    So what's the best way to do this?

    I'm just looking for a few tips from experienced gardeners really.

    Thanks

    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by red_squirrel View Post
    I've decided to plant King Edwards, leeks, onions and tomatoes ...
    My advice to newbies is:

    Plant what you like to eat (if you get a disappointment growing something you don't even like it can be a bigger turn off than something you do like!)

    Grow what is expensive in the shops (for me that would not include main crop spuds). Soft fruit, Runner Beans (very high yielding, but relatively expensive, timewise, to pick)

    Grow what has better flavour "fresh" from the garden - New Potatoes and Sweetcorn would feature highly on that list for me.

    Grow varieties that you like (e.g. superior flavour) which you can't get in the shops (e.g. low yield, so farmers don't want to grow them)

    Main Crop spuds (like King Edwards) are also at risk from Blight (which comes later in the potato season, so Early Spuds are usually out of the ground by then).

    Only other thought is that pretty much all vegetable crops need full-sun, so best to choose a sunny spot in your garden.
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    Hello Martin, I can't add much to what Kristen has already said so with that I will wish you a warm welcome to the vine.
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    Hi, Martin, welcome to the vine.
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    Hello and welcome

    One thing to add, don't be afraid to ask questions if a search on the vine doesn't get you an answer.
    When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.
    If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

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    Hi and welcome. Think Kristen has nailed it on the head for you. Grow what you eat and like.
    I grew courgettes last year. Did a load of seeds because my mom told me they were hard to grow etc. Well I had shed loads in the end the neighbours started to avoid me a bit cause I was always asking them if they wanted any .
    If you have a question or advice just ask plenty of people out there who will be able to give plenty of advice or point you in the right direction.

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