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make the connection
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Word for 2011

My word of the year is TRY.
I give up too easily,
I don't start because I think I'll never finish,
This year if it looks interesting,
if it looks worthwhile,
if it's something I always wanted to do,
well, this year I'm going to TRY
and lets see how much more I can achieve

Sunday, 16 January 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow? Do Tell.

Hello all you lovely folk:)
Thanks for all your lovely comments on Sunday's getting-out-and-about post
You're great!
Now then, I know there are some gardeners amongst you.
Some with small plots or giant gardens,
fields or crofts or council allotments.
Some growing fine flowers.
Some harvesting every fruit and vegetable possible.
Some of you just doing your best and giving it a go.
I admire you all.  
But, well (I'm a bit shy to ask) you see.....
I need a bit of help and advice.

'Cos, after a bit of browsing during my afternoon tea-break 

with helpful, healthful hints

and a yearning for fresh greens

It's time to get serious

But I ask you.........

Where do I start?

And quite frankly.....

Is there any hope?
Or should I just stick to my sprouted-garden-in-a-jar?
*Sigh...wishful thinking....of the Good Life.....Dreams*


  1. Have you thought about 'lasagna gardening' (assuming you have the rights to alter the front lawn)? or 'square foot gardening'? If you want to start smallish, several large pots of herbs or tomatoes or peas on a trellis would look lovely on a patio. I've even had successs growing potatoes in a large pot! You might even go very bold and paint the patio floor your favorite color ;)

  2. Hi Pamela
    I grow veg!
    You can grow lots in tubs as long as you have a sunny spot. It's trial and error really, I learn new tricks every year. I would start with tomatoes, salad leaves, rocket and radish, all easy peasy.

    You might want to put in a couple of raised beds in your lawn.

    I have found that it's better to grow fewer crops well, than lots of crops badly.

    I am just going through my blog to label all the veg post, if that helps.


  3. I can't offer a huge amount of practical help because, frankly, I'm pants at gardening. I did have a fair bit of success growing veg and fleurs in pots at my last place, and that little yard of yours looks ideal!

  4. You've got bags of space for growing there :)
    Before we got this place everything I grew apart from my fruit bushes was grown in a pot of some description.

    Check out this post to see where I was growing, concrete, no soil, no sun, it all grew though :)
    Just start small and don't sow too many of anything at once or you will end up with 50 lettuces all needing eating the same,

    I'm sprouting seeds now to get my growing and fresh fix - mung beans in just now but we had daikon last week :)

  5. You have plenty of space for veg, I dug a 5 by 5 metre patch in one garden (it was full of stones!) and managed to grow loads of veg, the next place was all gravelled over (we rent) so it was everything in pots and this time we have an actual veg plot all ready and waiting for us! Anyway, I had success with growing "baby" veg in pots, such as courgette "8 ball" (spherical courgettes, but taste the same), cherry tomatoes, early potatoes in ikea bags, outdoor cucumbers in pots, beetroot in those half barrel type pots, peas in pots and baby squash. You could quite easily dig up squares in your garden and apply the square foot gardening (if you google it there are lots of articles) and put in the things that need more space.

    This post shows some of my potted veg from last year:

    Hope some of that helps! :) x

  6. Wow ladies! what a fantastic response, I'm so grateful, thank you all very much:)You've given me so much info and many ideas! Now to get some plans drawn and start a gardening diary I think. And wonder who I can rope into digging up old grass hehe;)
    I'll keep you posted xxx

  7. Hi Pamela, thanks for stopping by & for your lovely comment & yes there is always hope. Just jumpp straight it as there is nothing more rewarding than growing from seed which with the help of mother nature turns into fantastic tasting freash produce.
    You could grow a few pots on your patio for salads as previous commentators have the front lawn is a great space & i would dig it over and create some beds too. Raised beds if funds allow. Potatoes are good for newly made beds as they help break down the soil. We are going to be digging up a little more lawn this year too.
    How exciting for you, enjoy researching, reading and making it happen.
    wishing you a lovely day
    ginny x

  8. As long as you have sunshine, you can garden. As a matter of fact, that little patch of green right next to the sidewalk would be perfect for this type of gardening:

    I've been following Square Foot Gardening principles for about 15 years and I love it. Can't believe how much I can grow in tiny little plots. You can do it!

  9. There's always hope! You've got some good advice above. Now you just need to get yourself a few basic tools, upturn your soil, and get it ready for transplanting and sowing. Happy gardening!

  10. Hi Pamela
    Sounds like you are organised. I have never really grown much veg. I will be interested to see how your garden grows ! so to speak.
    Roll on sunny days xx


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