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Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by feelthelove on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:06 pm

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We all have a hobby I guess, please share your tips and pictures:

















I've been busy too Victor!!!  ::D:: x

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Lone Wolf on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:30 pm

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Hi folks. We grow lots of veg, including toms and courgettes. I picked a load of peas and broad beans this morning. Like FTL we have tomatoes in grow bags along the back wall, in the sun most of the day. But oh! Those damned slugs, I've never seen so many before. Along one fence we've got raspberrys which I've been picking for over a week now. Lovely. Oh yes, and a baytree, we like the leaves in soups.
Early potatoes are now being dug up, Lady Crystal variety, they make a nice salad potato. Lettuces have been chomped by slugs and snails. grrr, little beggers.

 
cyclops   SLUGS and snails are among the easiest pests to deal with...

AND it doesn't cost a cent !

TAKE an empty 500g. plastic butter or margarine tub ~ instead of washing it out, wipe it out with a paper towel or serviette, so that the butter or marg' is smeared over the inside;

POUR stale or flat beer in there to 1/4 to 1/2 the depth, to attract mainly snails and slugs;

ADDING such sweeteners as fruit juice, a splash of energy drink, soft drink or 'sports' (electrolyte) drinks will "boost" the bait mixture ~ and it broadens the attractiveness of the traps to include cockroaches, some pest beetles, and the odd ants (not enough as to really affect the ants nests local populations, though..);

PLACE the tubs down partly sunk/buried in the ground, with the lip of the tub around 1"/25mm above ground level (helps secure the tub against blowing away or being knocked over, while still allowing easy access by those wee little pests..).

I throw the corpses into the compost bin - IF the lizards (skinks, bluetongues, water dragons..) haven't cleaned them out first - though some persons of a more squeamish persuasion could be inclined to "bin" them instead !

I usually make up between 4 and 10 at a time and scatter them around  the yard ~ pushing them in under plants will both make them less conspicuous/untidy, and partly protect them from the weather..    geek

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Original Quill on Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:50 pm

Great tips, Bee.  Same with the horse fence.    Keep 'em coming.  cheers 

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:19 pm

eddie wrote:
Nems wrote:I have decided to be brave and so have bought a tomato plant

Be careful an ant doesn't devour it  Rolling Eyes 

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:22 pm

eddie wrote:
Nems wrote:
Im so happy I don't have that here
My other house the near neighbours had 15 cats that shat everywhere.
Where I am now there is 8 dogs in our little close so we hardly see a cat  cheers 

Pfffff don't brag.
When we meet up this summer, if we can all manage it, I'll bring a bag of cat poo with me just to make it even  Evil or Very Mad 

Are we meeting up?! Who is coming?  cheers 
Has harves got room for us all?

FTL is coming to stay week after next, Im hoping the tomato will be ready to eat  lol! 

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Post by harvesmom on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:48 pm

Nems wrote:
eddie wrote:

Pfffff don't brag.
When we meet up this summer, if we can all manage it, I'll bring a bag of cat poo with me just to make it even  Evil or Very Mad 

Are we meeting up?! Who is coming?  cheers 
Has harves got room for us all?

FTL is coming to stay week after next, Im hoping the tomato will be ready to eat  lol! 

 cheers  Yes, you can all pick a stable to sleep in  bounce 

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:54 pm

harvesmom wrote:
Nems wrote:

Are we meeting up?! Who is coming?  cheers 
Has harves got room for us all?

FTL is coming to stay week after next, Im hoping the tomato will be ready to eat  lol! 

 cheers  Yes, you can all pick a stable to sleep in  bounce 


Have you still got that big fecker that may bite?  Shocked 

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Post by harvesmom on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:18 pm

Nems wrote:
harvesmom wrote:

 cheers  Yes, you can all pick a stable to sleep in  bounce 


Have you still got that big fecker that may bite?  Shocked 

Yes. I'll put you down to share with him shall I then  Razz 
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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:36 pm

 
harvesmom wrote:
Nems wrote:

Have you still got that big fecker that may bite?  Shocked 

Yes. I'll put you down to share with him shall I then  Razz 

 affraid 

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:20 pm

Bite him back nems....

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:30 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:Bite him back nems....

Uh ?! Nooo he is a big horsey with big teefs

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:04 pm

two blue bricks?????

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by feelthelove on Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:48 pm

Thought I'd share some updated pics, we are going to have enough cucumbers for the whole street I think!!  Best they've grown in a good 15 years


















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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:17 pm

Wow
them is big cucumbers!

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Post by eddie on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:24 pm

With cucumbers like that FTL you can have a lot of nights in  cheers 

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:28 pm

eddie wrote:With cucumbers like that FTL you can have a lot of nights in  cheers 

 lol! 

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Post by feelthelove on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:35 pm

How rude You're supposed to appreciate how much the garden has grown in such a short space of time! Naughty girls  lol! x

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by eddie on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:41 pm

feelthelove wrote:How rude You're supposed to appreciate how much the garden has grown in such a short space of time! Naughty girls  lol! x

What grass??  :asbluras: 

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by Cass on Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:24 pm

good lord woman.....amazing but who is gonna eat it all???

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Re: Does anyone here grow their own fruit and vegetables?

Post by feelthelove on Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:36 pm

Cass wrote:good lord woman.....amazing but who is gonna eat it all???

We have plenty of helpers, barter and share with family and friends.  I always put any additional crop out the front and ask for donations for the local hospice  I love you x

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Post by Cass on Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:16 pm

feelthelove wrote:
Cass wrote:good lord woman.....amazing but who is gonna eat it all???

We have plenty of helpers, barter and share with family and friends.  I always put any additional crop out the front and ask for donations for the local hospice  I love you x

brilliant. reminds me of mum's village in Norfolk. x

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