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    What I learned this year - put the stakes in the corner of raised beds straightaway and don't leave it for next year. Also don't rely on the weight of the soil to hold them in place - my beds 'walked' somewhat towards the paths - in the wrong direction of course. It's not so easy to move them back now.

    What was successful this year - carrots in pots on the patio. I have never had any success with carrots until I tried this idea which was recommended here [I think]. I've had 2 crops and those still growing can be moved easily to the lee of a wall [or under my lean-to] to keep the weather off them a bit. But I must remember to thin a bit more next year as some are rather tangled with each other. it must be the looser soil, and the raised pots definitely keep the carrot fly at bay. don't home grown carrots taste so much better than shop ones?

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    My really big success was my chillies, especially as it was really my first year of growing them (thanks to Irie Jan for the seeds). Planted towards the end of January and grow throughout on my southwest facing windowsill, I was picking ripe chillies in June. Next year the space I gave over to peppers will be taken up by chilies so I have more to freeze and dry. I have 3 lovely pumpkins sitting on the windowsill at the moment, they keep better there than in the cold dark garage.
    Another must grow is my white beetroot. Although they don't look 'right' on the plate, they taste lovely and sweet, with the added bonus of more prolific leaves than their red counterparts, to use in place of spinach. The red beet leaves do add a different aspect to curries though, and I freeze any leaves that I don't have a use for when the beets are pulled.
    Climbing French beans were much more prolific than the runners, so although we love the taste I will be concentrating my efforts on the Frenchies.

    Cauliflowers were a complete disaster, hawkmoth caterpillars somehow got to them and ate all the curds under the netting so I didn't even realise they were there. I probably won't bother with them next year, though I will take care to check what is under the covers!
    I could not live without a garden, it is my place to unwind and recover, to marvel at the power of all growing things, even weeds!
    Now a little Shrinking Violet.

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    Make sure you get your sowing times right. It's not so bad sowing early as you have time to sow on time if you get it wrong but not if you sow too late.

    Also, make sure you acclimatise indoor sown plants before you plant them out, and don't forget the netting.

    My biggest success were onions this year. I sowed standard and giant varieties from seed on Boxing Day, but planted some sets in spring too, just in case.

    Last tip is, save your own seed. It's free and, in most cases, simple. After a few seasons you'll end up with seed that is well suited to you particular conditions too.
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    To take it easy as this year will be our first full year of growing on the lottie and not to go wild with the Runner Beans a family of three does not need 40 plants like last year

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    I learned that I really do only need one courgette plant ! 2 is too many ! And I need to check it every day once it starts producing or I'll end up with shed shelves full of marrows that don't get used

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    I learned how few seeds I need to buy. I now save peas, beans and tomatoes as a matter of course. Grapevine friends are also a great source of swaps.
    I also learned that I can grow my own variety of potato from true seed (not tuber) and am now intending to grow a row of 'Amethyst' and one of Purple Heart - the first is a fantastic purple salad spud and the second a white with a purple middle, both from the seed of Salad Blue (from Quark on the Grapevine!)
    Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.

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    I learnt that however clever you feel by going to the trouble of carefully labelling all your seed trays, if you just use any old felt tip and don't use a UV stable marker or pencil, you may as well not have bothered.

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    Control aphids naturally by placing flowers inside the greenhouse to attract hoverflies and going on ladybird patrols. They like to hang out on he heads of umbilifers and are easy to scoop up and re-locate.
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