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emily1982
02-01-2009, 02:21 PM
Yup....just ordered a kit with apparently everything in it. Never done it and will be growing them in tubs....does anyone else grow their own stuff???

Goofyish
02-01-2009, 02:28 PM
We have grown potatoes before - in the ground, in compost bags and in buckets :)

They are very easy.

We found that compost bags are the most productive. Just plant your seed potatoes in a little compost at the bottom of the bag and then as the potato plant grows you just keep covering it with more compost.

thelittlemermaid83
02-01-2009, 02:29 PM
My dad grew some in a bin, that put me off eating them lol.

emily1982
02-01-2009, 02:30 PM
When they say earthing up occasionaly? Does that mean just loosening the soil.

Snowy-girls
02-01-2009, 02:32 PM
I only grow strawberries.But my Grandad in the summer has a fantastic collection of veg--pots,cabbage,sweede,turnip,runner beans,toms,q,onions :thumbsup2 .Good luck Emily with it.x.

Goofyish
02-01-2009, 02:34 PM
No, it means covering the plant with compost/soil. This encourages more roots to grow and as the potatoes grow on the roots you get a bigger crop :)

It also keeps the growing potatoes away from sunlight - if they aren't in the dark they turn green.

Snowy-girls
02-01-2009, 02:36 PM
When they say earthing up occasionaly? Does that mean just loosening the soil.

Yes,my grandad uses a hoe+does this around the pots-pulling/loosening the earth up around them.,but you also need to keep them covered to stop light getting to them-hope you know what i mean.x.

emily1982
02-01-2009, 02:38 PM
Thanks for all the advice....does anyone know any sites which tell you when to plant stuff? I like to try strawberries and tomatoes in baskets and maybe carrots.

Goofyish
02-01-2009, 02:44 PM
Try here:

http://www.suttons.co.uk/GrowingGuides.htm

Suttons are seed suppliers and they have guides to when to sow seeds etc..

also try Marshalls Seeds:

http://www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/?PAGEID=42045

emily1982
02-01-2009, 02:46 PM
Try here:

http://www.suttons.co.uk/GrowingGuides.htm

Suttons are seed suppliers and they have guides to when to sow seeds etc..

also try Marshalls Seeds:

http://www.marshalls-seeds.co.uk/?PAGEID=42045

Thanks:thumbsup2

tennisfan
02-01-2009, 04:03 PM
My cousin & her boyfriend built a little veggie patch last year & managed to get several different types of veg such as carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, brocolli

Minniespal
02-02-2009, 01:44 AM
My dad grew some lovely vegetables last year. This year he is intending to grow more and try his hand at some herbs as well.

Good Lucjk Em:thumbsup2

higgy66
02-02-2009, 02:48 AM
We're hoping to build a veg plot this year so the girls can have a go and maybe encourage them to try different veg.

They both for some lovely "real" garden tools from Santa so they can't wait to try them out.

Good luck with your potaotes - keep us posted!

GlendaONeill
02-02-2009, 06:40 AM
When we started growing our own stuff it really encouraged the kids to eat veg. We now grow carrots, turnip, scallions(spring onions). leeks, tomatoes, peas, cabbage, beetroot, pak choi, lettuces and sprouts usually.
We don't have a big plot so we grow smaller varieties so we can get more in the area.

Goofysmate
02-02-2009, 08:36 AM
We have grown veg in tubs & buckets which is great but they will need extra watering because they dry out very quick.
Beetroot as also another good veg to grow in planter . :thumbsup2
Have fun trying different things :)