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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpy View Post
    I'll be growing my purple mange tout up both sides - across the corners diagonally and be able to move them around if needs be.
    I've got some mangetout that I put in seedling pots to start growing before transplanting them out. Hadn't thought that far ahead about pea netting or support. Great idea.

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    Here you go MB - this is what I've done.
    As I've lost one of my wall baskets (the one thats left is up for my sugar snaps) I've had to rething again my tiny and, yes I mean tiny growing space.
    If it works great if not Hey Ho!

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    My mangetout has germinated and growing well. Probably a bit too early to transplant outdoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyboy View Post
    Well the onions seem to be doing okay. I planted one square with little gem lettuce and added a plastic cloche.
    I have no idea if my onions are doing ok. Foliage looks healthy, but the sets still seem quite small and loose in the soil. Is this normal? When do they start to swell and grow?

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    My patch is going quite well so far

    17 cloves of garlic over 2 squares, each of which is about 6-8 inches tall.
    36 onions over 4 squares which are now 4 inches or so tall.
    Half a dozen pea plants over 2 squares, which are just coming through.

    It's surprising how much veg you can fit into quite a small space!
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    Indeed, I currently have;
    9 squares of onions
    40 of assorted brassicas - calabrese, sprouts, caulis, romanescos, cabbages, summer PSB and the currently cropping PSB
    4 of sweetcorn
    3 of peas
    1 of parsnips
    1 of leeks
    3 of broad beans
    2 of marigolds

    In addition, I sowed over the last couple of days;
    6 of carrots
    2 of parsnips
    2 of nasturtuims
    2 half-squares of lettuce.

    In rootrainers and/or pots to go in when they are up and ready ready there are;
    5 squares worth of leeks
    5 more brassicas to go in when the PSB has finished.
    10 squares worth of runner beans
    2 of squashes
    2 of courgettes

    and finally, for sowing in later weeks;
    the other 2 half-squares of lettuces
    another 2 half squares of lettuces
    3 of leeks
    4 of carrots
    1 of parsnips

    That lot's in a patch roughly 17 feet square, including pathways along the ends of and between the 4 beds.

    I've also got more sweetcorn in the back of the greenhouse, to be joined by more runner beans and squashes, two dustbins of parsnips I sowed at the weekend and seven tubs of spuds.

    I might need another freezer ;-)
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    Can I ask anyone here who has grown cucumbers in their square foot garden, how did you support these vertically?

    I’m growing them at one end of the 3x6 beds, one in each corner. My first thought was to simply mount some trellis to the end of the bed, or two posts on each side with some netting or trellis between them. When I search for ideas most people seem to have their trellis at an angle - why is this?

    Alternatively, I’m wondering if those foldaway bush tomato support frames might be any use? Wilko sell these:

    Wilko Tomato Support Cage at wilko.com

    What’s the best option?

    Similarly for my cordon tomatoes, do I need anything more than a 6ft bamboo cane in the middle of each square and tying the tomato in as it grows or is there a better way of doing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCyclingProgrammer View Post
    I have no idea if my onions are doing ok. Foliage looks healthy, but the sets still seem quite small and loose in the soil. Is this normal? When do they start to swell and grow?
    Mine were like this for ages. Then it snowed. A few sets turned mushy and died. The remainder have been growing reasonably well with long stems.


    Quote Originally Posted by TheCyclingProgrammer View Post
    Similarly for my cordon tomatoes, do I need anything more than a 6ft bamboo cane in the middle of each square and tying the tomato in as it grows or is there a better way of doing it?
    When I grew my Gardener's delight last year, I initially used a bamboo cane and tied it with some garden twine. When I transplanted into the raised bed, I used the same tomato support as you linked (mine was from Homebase) and it worked quite well. I plan to do the same again this year.

    In other news, I ordered a build-it-yourself aluminium frame and netting from gardening-naturally. I'm not sure how to trim it so it sits neatly, especially as the edges are hemmed:

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