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The Winter Clear-out has begun! You know when you get to the end of a season, and you look back and think of your successes and failures, things you would do again and even things you wouldn’t bother with – well the time came and a few hours in the garden later, it was time to sit back and think!

I’ve enjoyed my try-out of the Square Foot Garden and overall think it has been a success. It has been a funny old summer – really hot, then really wet and humid and now just dry. We’ve had no rain for the last few weeks – even the water butt is empty. Right things that have worked – salad stuff – loads of different lettuces (children prefered the cos and hearted lettuces compared to the salad leaves so will grow more of them next year), garlic (still eating the stuff – ready for halloween anyone?), shallots – again really good and they could be cleared in time for the salads stuff to go in. Cabbages, broccolli – really great but took quite a lot of space. Beetroot and Carrots – again couldn’t fault the stuff was wonderful – normally I cant grow carrots (clay soil) but was pleasantly surprised at how easy they grew in the raised beds.
Mangetout and dwarf beans – again we loved these and the boys thought it was great to just go out and pick and eat at any time – even showed a few friends what they looked like growing on a plant! Cues – huge and prickily (who would have guessed)
Failures – toms (still I dont think thats just me this year!),Aubergines (just didnt grow big enough quickily maybe start a bit sooner in doors to give them more of a head start)
Overall, I’m really pleased and will definately be growing somemore next year – hope you will join me!

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interesting to see how your succeeded, I started with good intentions, but after the cats had done a good job mixing the seeds up and the slugs had eaten most of the seedlings that did survive I gave up on the idea and just used blocks and rows, I think I'm going to give it another try next year, and make sure I don't have the same problems

26 Sep, 2007


Hi, very inspirational,and great pics. I grew most thing in grow bags last year and had hundreds of toms - gardener's delight variety - grew very well, and I too had hugh fat prickly cucs! Will be trying raised beds this year so fingers crossed.

1 Feb, 2009

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