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Can anyone advise a complete novice on growing her own veg?

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CrushWithEyeliner Fri 12-Jun-09 16:29:21

I want to make this work but have no idea where to start re. time to sow, what kinds of things "work". I have a nice garden with good rich soil. If there are any good books you could recommend to help that would be great also. TIA

sarah293 Fri 12-Jun-09 16:39:37

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CrushWithEyeliner Fri 12-Jun-09 18:06:53

I can't seem to find any good websites but may have to look again - thanks. Will make a start

sarah293 Fri 12-Jun-09 18:09:45

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Heated Fri 12-Jun-09 18:09:48

I am growing two pumpkins & a single bean plant! grin

sarah293 Fri 12-Jun-09 18:11:45

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CrushWithEyeliner Fri 12-Jun-09 18:15:12

Great thanks Riven

sarah293 Fri 12-Jun-09 18:15:45

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SuperBunny Fri 12-Jun-09 18:21:56

Rocket - you can't go wrong with rocket. You can plant it now and should have some to eat in a few weeks. Same for lettuce.

Onions - they have pretty flowers too

I have also had great success with:

Peas (in that they grow, I didn't get many peas to eat but it was fun for DS)

Herbs: chives, coriander, dill, mint - but they all take over a bit so you have to be careful. I don't mind - I'd rather have too much than too little.

Heated Fri 12-Jun-09 18:31:09

Nooooo Riven, you can't have Jean Beanie.

Am starting small 'cos I kill things off! Although with only 3 to care for & nurture (they all have names now), I'm might get too attached if they succumb to my non-green thumbwink

Thanks for the links - put them in favourites to peruse later.

mollyroger Fri 12-Jun-09 18:42:01

The RHS publsih a very nice Grow Your Own Veg Journal with lots of tips etc.

Cut-and-come-again lettuce leaves are a must haveon my allotment; spring onions are easy and trouble free etc.

I have just planbted a row of beetroot today and 2 more rows of french beans.

Many markets sell 'ground ready' seedlings at the moment, you mmight still get sme sweetcorn caulis, brocolli from those.
Also tomato plants are quite easy - varieties like gardener's delight or moneyspinner are outdoor ones, and can be grown in deep pots or grow bags.

If you get a move on, you might also get some peas. They need some support from netting though.

Good luck - it's addcitive by the way

littlemissbossy Fri 12-Jun-09 18:58:35

It's all a bit of trial and error IMO - some things work, others don't and the weather has a lot to do with how successful you are. It's all pretty easy TBH you just need to remember to water/cut back when needed. Good luck.

This year we're growing

Spring Onions
Ras pberries

sarah293 Fri 12-Jun-09 19:00:28

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CrushWithEyeliner Fri 12-Jun-09 19:18:48

wow thanks all - lots to go one here - I thought I would have to wait until spring but not necessarily - good news would really like to get to it now

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