Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Grow your own?



With supermarket prices going up all the time I was just thinking  how many people who don't already will start to grow their own.



I am lucky enough to get yellow stickers sometimes, which gives me fruit, veg and salads so cheaply, but it is also nice just to step outside the back door and pick a few things.


We were lucky when we moved here to have the greenhouse and a raised bed already here.

We have potatoes, 2 courgette plants and 4 tomato plants in there, as well as some garlic in between and a few radishes growing along the edge near the tomatoes.
There are also peppers and salad leaves at different stages in the greenhouse.






Courgettes coming along nicely

We also have a few fruit bushes and an apple tree.



You don't even need a greenhouse or raised bed, things can be grown in pots successfully.

Herbs in Pots

Salad leaves sown today straight into the pot, just pick a few when you need them and they will carry on growing.

Buying compost can be expensive but I always re use it. 
Seeds can be bought very cheaply these days, a few days ago I picked up these 3 packs  they were 3 for £1.00 in Poundland, that's 950 seeds for just £1.00



So do you grow your own? Are you going to start doing it to save money?

18 comments:

  1. Its surprising what you can grow I a small space. Your plants look very healthy. Having come to the world of growing our own late, I'm still learning and I love it. Everything tastes so fresh. I love experimenting and watching YouTube experts who are also experimenting. I currently growing carrots in two large pots and a relatively small pot to see how they do. I even make my own fertiliser and hope to have more of my own compost next year because it is expensive to buy. The hardest part is protecting things from pests! I just wish I had a bigger garden now so I could have a fruit cage and poly tunnel as well as my greenhouse.

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    1. You are doing absolutely brilliantly Tania.

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  2. We invested in a greenhouse in the spring and it's getting very full! The mini cucumbers give us 2 daily, tomatoes are in flower, strawberries producing too. Outside we have runner beans, carrots, radishes, spring onions and mint. Hopefully we will save on buying.

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    1. Hi hope you are well? I haven't heard from you in a while, what a wonderful lot of produce you have, it is a great hobby and very rewarding.

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    2. Hi again, Like many others have done I've tried to cut back on time spent on the net but have been a bit poorly too. A little break away worked wonders though, in the rain mainly!! I've got some catching up to do - hope you're also feeling better.

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    3. Well done you I have been spending less time on the net and feel much happier, sorry to hear you have been unwell, glad you have had a little break, thanks I'm ok, I struggle on, but I think it's going to be a while before I am fully recovered, I tried doing a bit of dead heading and weeding early, but my back was aching like crazy I only managed 10 minutes.

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  3. We have always grown our own but now that I am the only able bodied one it isn't quite as easy. But I have a good row of mange tout, spinach, broad beans and runners. I dont plant many now, just enough to have a taste. And like you, my herbs are all in pots.

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    1. That's good, I am know gardening is difficult as you get older, even planting a little is nice, I do love Spinach.

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  4. Wow your garden is beautiful and so tidy, we've just moved to this garden, which needs a lot of work!
    http://www.perhapslivingthegoodlife.blogspot.com

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  5. We have enjoyed growing our own in containers as well as beds for sometime so I must admit to missing the produce since we have moved. We have plans to convert one of the outbuildings to an indoor garden by putting on a polycarbonate roof.

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    1. Wow that sounds like a brilliant idea.

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  6. What wonderful crops, Marlene. We aren't very green-fingered, an our garden is tiny, so no crops here, sadly. We have grown runner beans in pots but not always successfully!
    Margaret P

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    1. Growing your own is not for everyone, but you do have a nice garden.

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  7. Despite our efforts to improve it our soil has defied every attempt to grow stuff....it is very heavy clay.
    We have given up and now mostly have herbs-x-

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    1. oh dear, I know clay can be a problem, nice to have some herbs though xx

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  8. Your little plot looks lovely and it looks like you'll be in for a good harvest. I'm really enjoying tending to our raised bed. It's not much but we've probably already had our money's worth from the spinach alone. X

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    1. That's great Jules I love Spinach, just about to sow myself some x

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