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Lovely painted troughs ready to be planted up with tasty veggies in the spring!


Lovely painted troughs ready to be planted up with tasty veggies in the spring!

Will put some violas in there for the winter. Willow seems to approve :)



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Front planters are full of french marjoram which smells beautiful as I brush past.

19 Oct, 2014

 

nice troughs, about the right height for me - most "raised beds" are too low. Hope you have great success with them.

19 Oct, 2014

 

Looking really good and I like the planted baskets too. I thought it was parsley!

19 Oct, 2014

 

They will be so useful,Karen..a good depth,and raised off the ground..will you leave them outside till you plant them up? good idea with the Marjoram..I might do that with mine next year.Glad Willow approves :o)

19 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, they are in their permanent position Sandra.

19 Oct, 2014

 

I knew you would paint them this colour. :0) I like it too.

19 Oct, 2014

 

they look so nice especially painted up, hope Willow doesn't decide to have a dig out in them when you have then filled up. lol.

20 Oct, 2014

 

It's the nearest I can find to the greenhouse colour Linda. It's a bit too blue, but I didn't have the patience to mix my own colour. ;)

Mum, at the moment she is too busy snuffling for windfalls to do much digging! ;)

20 Oct, 2014

 

ah bless at least she is tidying up for you :O)

20 Oct, 2014

 

is it just external wood paint, or do you need something special as it's near plants? I assume that you only painted the outside, and any fumes should disperse before anything's planted, but ...

20 Oct, 2014

 

love fresh new planters..promise of a new season..:-)

20 Oct, 2014

 

new beginnings, infinite possibilities ...

20 Oct, 2014

 

It's outdoor furniture paint Fran.

20 Oct, 2014

 

thanks, Karen, something else to add to my notes!

21 Oct, 2014

 

A wonderful idea at least you can cover them up if you have to, just the right size too....I thought that was parsley too HB....

21 Oct, 2014

 

I've been perusing the seed catalogue already DD!

21 Oct, 2014

 

I would imagine you have.......and?

21 Oct, 2014

 

A few ideas. Dwarf french beans, dwarf peas and courgettes are top of the list. But courgettes do much better under cover in my experience. I think the French beans would be great though. Perhaps some nasturtiums trailing over the edge....or I could fill them with strawberries of course...we'll see. :)

21 Oct, 2014

 

I was never sure about growing veg: could I grow enough to make a worthwhile crop? and how to store such a crop so that it'll keep for long enough to all be used? other than having to eat it at every meal to use it up before it goes off!

How do you store your produce? or do you grow small enough quantities so that storage isn't a problem?

22 Oct, 2014

 

Pretty much Fran. And I use my freezer a bit too. Green beans are blanched in boiling water then remove the air from the plastic bag and pop in the freezer when cold. That's about the only thing I have had a glut of....so far. Tomatoes went in to chutney (including the green ones, actually they were mostly green ones that year as the summer was dreadful!), and cucumbers were pickled (which I love). I should admit....I do eat rather a lot....love grub!

22 Oct, 2014

 

thanks for that! encourages me to find out more; about time I put my freezer to uses other than sotring shop-bought food.

22 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, and you can just grow small amounts of a few things. Think containers rather than allotment!

23 Oct, 2014

 

I was thinking about growing larger quantities, which is what I've mostly seen - but to store a year's-worth of produce?? and gorwing a small crop that'd do for a couple of months, and then what? grow another lot? I suppose, with a proper greenhouse, one could stagger plantings to get something almost all year round.

23 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, exactly Fran...successional sowing is the key. Lettuces, courgettes, peas, and lots of things can be sown every month so you don't have a glut all together.

23 Oct, 2014

 

Really nice Cottagekarer. Little Gem are a good lettuce to sow. Lots of possibilities there for the new troughs.

24 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks Linda. I may even have a go at sweetheart cabbages.

24 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks, Karen, I'll think about it more deeply ...

24 Oct, 2014



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