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    Im shocked how much things have gone up on our weekly shop :(

    we have a nice garden so I was wondering about growing some fruits and veg. Any gardeners around here? No idea where to even start

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    Oooh pick me, pick me.

    We grow tons of fruit and veg. Well actually I grow it, everyone else eats it.

    Start in spring basically. Over the winter you can dig the ground over and put in a general fertilizer - Growmore is the most popular.

    In spring you plant stuff. I start some of mine early in my greenhouse but you can plant straight into the soil.

    Onions are easy - buy bags of "sets" (tiny onions) and plant them. I haven't bought a normal cooking onion for years as they grow and store so well. Tomatoes are easy. Carrots, spring onions, spinach all pretty straightforward.

    We grow strawberries, raspberries and blueberries too. Need a bit more work but well worth it.

    We also grew peas this year - they were nice but you don't get many for the space they take. Some salad leaves. And cucumbers against a wall. Pumpkins - but snails ate them all. :( And herbs everywhere they will fit in. Oh and we have rhubarb too.

    Slugs and insects are your biggest enemy though. :mad:

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    me too!!! this year i grew cauliflowers and brocoli, runner beans, peas, leeks, masses of courgettes

    in the past i have grown tomatoes, melons, peppers, chillis, carrots

    i have raised beds and don't have much room but everything has come in very handy.

    I try and be as organic as possible and don't use bug killers. I use slug pubs

    any questions fire away and Dawn will answer















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    I have a resident hedgehog and some slow worms that keep the slugs down. :D

    And I squirt blackfly off with a hose - very satifsying.

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    i want a hedgehog, but you can keep the slowworm!!!















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    If your garden is secure you can adopt a hedgehog. Some sanctuaries have hedgehogs that can't go back into the wild but can live in a secure garden.

    Slow worms are cool.

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    it's a secure garden............but one snag CHARLIE!!!















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    Hedgies are nocturnal. Do you have hedges or shrubs and stuff.

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    yes! with a little fence to stop Charlie getting in!!! do you think they would let us? where do i ask?















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    google adopt a hedgehog and look for the Epping Forest site.

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