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    brmead is offline Germinator
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    Hi! I've just bought my first house and it's the first time I've had a garden (rather than a yard) since I was a child, so I'm really excited to get started. I've actually been inspired to get stuck in by my job - I'm a psychology researcher looking at urban agriculture and health, so it's given me to boost to have a go since we moved in to our first home in the North West in May.

    I was given three young tomato plants a couple of weeks ago which I've got in a grow bag. They're getting flowers but no sign of tomatoes yet. I've also got a pot each for strawberries, peppers and blackcurrants. It's looking like I'll get strawberries and peppers in the next few weeks, fingers crossed! I've just planted some rocket seeds too, so hopefully they'll grow soon. I can't seem to post a picture with this post yet but I'll try again soon.
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    Shhhh everyone! He's looking for evidence gardenning keeps you sane... :-)

    Welcome! On a serious note, good luck.

    To me, what i love about gardenning is the long-term view of it. There's the short term faff of getting stuff going, then there's annual harvest, and then the looking back at several years' working
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    Shhhh everyone! He's looking for evidence gardenning keeps you sane... :-)
    You sure he's come to the right place?

    Hi Brmead and welcome to the vine.

    You'll need to make 10 posts before you can start uploading photos. Have a browse around and join in some of the discussions. You don't have to be knowledgeable to join in - everyone has their inputs to make.
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    Haha! Not that sort of psychologist, I promise!

    That's one of the things i'm looking forward to. I'm hoping that all the hard work this year will pay off and I'll get a regular harvest. How did you find getting started?

    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    Shhhh everyone! He's looking for evidence gardenning keeps you sane... :-)

    Welcome! On a serious note, good luck.

    To me, what i love about gardenning is the long-term view of it. There's the short term faff of getting stuff going, then there's annual harvest, and then the looking back at several years' working

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    Hi and welcome
    There's no doubt in my mind that being outdoors, growing things and, if your lucky, eating the results, improves your state of mind.
    You may have started with a grow bag and a couple of pots but, once the bug bites, you'll be squeezing plants into every corner, wall and windowsill and putting your name down for an allotment.
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    Hello! Thank you. I'm already there. I've started eyeing up bits of the garden that are free (does the BBQ need to live there? ) and filled the kitchen windowsill with pots. I've even got a couple of pots on my windowsill in the office at work.

    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Hi and welcome
    There's no doubt in my mind that being outdoors, growing things and, if your lucky, eating the results, improves your state of mind.
    You may have started with a grow bag and a couple of pots but, once the bug bites, you'll be squeezing plants into every corner, wall and windowsill and putting your name down for an allotment.
    Good luck with your growing and your research.
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    Hi and welcome! We're nuts here - just got to get that out there LOL

    When I started, and I still do, I went to car boot sales to buy all the tools I needed for a fraction of the cost and a huge improvement in quality, compared to buying in the mainstream outlets.

    These days I source an awful lot of stuff on Facebook, often free. People give gardening a try and get bord and give stuff away, and I am happy to take it off their hands

    I now have a tiny little back garden that is crammed full of greenhouse and vegetables and flowers... and two allotment plots which look hideous but provide me with lots of veggies and fruit

    We have threads on here with bargains and good deals too, so we can't even promise that we won't lead you astray!! haha

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