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By Feather

tyne+wear, United Kingdom Gb

Ive never grown fruit and veg before and have decided to give it a whirl. Ive acquired some wooden fruit crates from a greengrocers. Ive lined them with heavy duty rubble sacks and this is where you come in, whats next? What type of compost do I use and which veg. From what Ive read, lettuce would be a good start. Am I too late in the year to try anything else? Im v.enthusiastic but on a tight budget hence the free containers. Any help would be great, thanks.



I don't think it's too late to try a few things - courgette, even peas, or try beans cos if we're lucky and we get a nice warm end of summer they could still produce for you, even if you'll have missed the longest days lightwise.

3 Jul, 2009


Onions, lettuce and radish will all grow quickly. You can use an all purpose compost. Many garden centers have a 3 for 2 offer!


3 Jul, 2009


Oo Ive already got loads of multi purpose compost, I thought that I would have to get a special type. Il need food too wont I? Cant wait to get started. Any bug advice?

5 Jul, 2009


We've not fed our veg at all... just water when absolutely necessary. If growing carrots, put some marigold plants in same close area to discourage carrot fly. Otherwise, just watch out for green/blackfly. I squish those by hand usually as I don't like spraying chemicals. Runner beans always good, need tall supports - most people use cane wigwams or tent-like shapes.
We have actually gone to the bother of temporarily covering our veg-bed with netting supported on poles to keep the pesky pigeons from damaging stuff.

7 Jul, 2009


I received your seeds this morning and had to say "THANKYOU SOOO MUCH!" Its so kind of you and I'll def take notice of your advice. Thanks again x x x x x x

14 Jul, 2009

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