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    RuthC is offline Germinator
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    Default Gyo needs your top tips!

    We'd like to hear about what you learned from last year's growing experiences on the plot. What were your success and failures and what might you do differently in 2010?

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    OllieMartin is offline Early Fruiter
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    Netting my brassicas.
    The No.1 failure of my growing attempts last year was the loss of all my broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and swede. I didn't have any netting available and convinced myself I'd be okay without.
    I have since constructed a netting framework out of mains water pipe and voile curtain to protect the patch next year.
    Let's see the blighters get through that!
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    Label any rows of seeds as soon as I sow them....I will NOT remember what or where they are even 2 days later when I have a pencil to hand, no matter what I think at the time....!
    To sow crops such as lettuce successionally - ie every two weeks - I still manage fantastic gluts then nothing for weeks...
    And don't sow tomatoes/chillis etc in january if you don't have a greenhouse...they just sit on the windowsill getting leggy. Those sown in April DO catch up!
    Success was the autumn onion sets I grew for the first time - so easy
    Failure probably the beans, they grew too much and I didn't get that many as young pods...but lots of dried beans were good later in the year

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    FionaH is offline Hungry Hobbit
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    Haslemere, Surrey


    Ditto with the netting!
    Label, Label and then Label
    Squash plants really do take up more room than I think!
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    piskieinboots is offline Gardening Guru
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    Audlem, Cheshire


    Get the runner bean trench underway now.

    Dig the trench, add organic matter, add soaked paper, add more organic matter - keep going until you have a nice mound of rotting vegetation. Don't, however, add any nitrogen rich material.

    Runner beans need plenty of moisture at their roots.

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    This years failure was one of planning - I didn't remember to sew my brassicas, and ended up having to buy some bare root plants instead. Serves me right.
    Best success this year was with Dwarf French Beans. The were a bit slow to start producing, but once I started picking, they were really prolific, and I could pick them at their absolute best. Delicious!

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    Bigmallly is offline Think outside the box
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    Chilling out in my Tree Nest.


    Gonna grow carrots, parsnips, radish in pots rather than the beds to give me more room. I may put some in between crops on the beds depending how I feel.
    Gonna try growing sweetcorn in beds instead of pots.
    Looking forward to trying out the ground coffee on the slugs.......
    Like Ollie, the debris netting is already in place for the Brassicae.
    Must grow plenty of Marigolds for the good beasties.
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    weeclop is offline Germinator
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    i am giving up on potatoes and tomatoes due to blight again this year.
    will be trying different types of sweetcorn as this year the few i planted were delicious.
    more carrots and more soft fruit for next year

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