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    jools is offline Sprouter
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    Hi everyone,

    I used to post here a few years ago but then career and some fairly serious health issues intervened. I have continued to garden but would now like to ďup my gameĒ a little.

    I have a reasonable sized garden in sunny Surrey, but neither the garden nor my greenhouse are large enough for my dreams and ambitions! I would really like a large veg patch, but I have to make do with a small semi shaded area where I have some raised beds. I donít think itís sunny enough for most crops, but I would like to make better use of it. I would also like to incorporate more veg/fruit crops in my flower beds.

    I am a member of our roadís gardening club ( as one member quipped - our drinking club has a gardening problem). We have a spring sale every year and use everything we make (fairly considerable sums) to improve the common parts of the road and to supply a Christmas tree and Carol service each year. Iím the mad tomato plant lady. Iíve excelled myself this year with providing lots of new varieties. However, itís all trial and error with me.

    Iím also really interested in wildlife and I am trying to improve how I garden with wildlife in mind.

    Iím really looking forward to learning from the experts on here.

    Jools

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    nickdub is offline Early Fruiter
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    Hi and welcome, and a few comments :-

    a) a lot of soft fruit will tolerate quite a bit of shade eg gooseberries
    b) tidiness in the garden tends to be an enemy of wildlife - messy, scrubby, weedy bits provide homes for beasties (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)
    c) if you find any experts on here let us know, as we've been looking for one for ages.

    Happy gardening :-)

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    I like the sound of your gardenning club...
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    Hello and welcome back. What a fantastic gardening club! Brilliant initiative. And congrats on the toms.
    Note to self: Getting too old not to have a life.

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    Hi Jools and welcome back.

    Can you grow anything in your front garden? There are a lot of neighbourhood groups that grow in their front gardens and share the crops with their neighbours.
    Your street group sounds ideal for this!!
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    Too Hoo. Hello and Welcome Back.
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    Welcome back! I like the idea of a gardening club with street neighbours that drink, and I like the idea of growing and sharing in the front gardens too! This could get messy! LOL

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