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A new 2m x 3m Amateur vegetable patch + one border & several pots!

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By pita

73 comments


4th April 2012
I love the outdoors and after convincing my partner that we could grow our own vegetables, last year he helped me build a vegetable garden – it was my first attempt and we had quite a good harvest considering it was all late going into the ground! We did have quite a few veg that bolted – have no idea why unless it was something in the soil that we bought! And I went slightly over the top with the tomato plants but hey, we like soup and made jars of pasta sauce!

This year I am more organised, however no more knowledgable! My seeds are growing in a little plastic greenhouse and some seeds are already sprouting. I also planted some directly into the ground (as per the instructions on the packet!) They are poking their heads through the soil too! It’s very exciting! :D
My garden is like a worm fest – big fat happy worms! I want my garden to be organic so I’m intending to plant companion plants – top tips greatly appreciated!

I have planted smaller rows this year, as I want to get as much as possible on rotation, but I thought it might be fun to write a blog of “the ’do’s and don’ts’ of a Amateur gardener!” My in-laws bought me a range of ‘mini veg’ and I have an assortment of salad leaves, a herb garden and have today planted early potatoes in a large container and a row of onion sets.

I love photography and cooking so thought this would be a good way to hopefully make new friends and link my hobbies together!

Thank you for reading! Happy Easter! :D

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Welcome to GoY, Pita. You sound excited about your garden plans. That's great. Keep us posted?

4 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome from me too!

i hope it all grows well, im sure you will like this site ~ lots of us like photography and cookery too!!

4 Apr, 2012

 

Sounds well thought out Pita, we all learn as we go along and also get veg that bolt and definitely too many toms.
I hope you have a good year and welcome from me too....

4 Apr, 2012

 

Hello, Pita, you sound like a person after my own heart. We just got a little plastic greenhouse, and I can't believe how great it is! I am out there all hours of the day. Looking forward to swapping notes.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Hello Pita, I recognise the signs of a life long habit as it is how I stared. The first couple of years I grew far to much of everything - but I made some great swaps etc.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome to the world of gardening ,have to warn you it is very addictive but in a good way Good luck with the veg
there is nothing compares with the taste of something you have nurtured and grown yourself.
Happy growing :)

5 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome from me too and good lack with your vegetables. To my poor knowledge, bolting is usually a result of early sowing and a changeable weather

5 Apr, 2012

 

Oooh, Costas, I like your new avatar!

5 Apr, 2012

 

Oooh, Costas, I like your new avatar!
I'm sorry, this has appeared twice for some strange reason and I can't get rid of it!

5 Apr, 2012

 

Good luck with your vegetables. I hope you get a good crop :o)

5 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome to GOY Pita.
Make sure you put lots of pics on of your veg as it grows.

5 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome to GOy Pita, you will love it here on GOY,anything you wish to know then just ask, wonderful people who will help you, good luck with your garden,

6 Apr, 2012

 

can you let us know when you start harvesting please? we like soup and pasta on here too!!!

6 Apr, 2012

 

I just re-read your blog and the bit about the "big fat happy worms" and smiled to think how a little feathered friend of mine would like your garden. Our neighbour keeps a large and very unruly gang of ducks and geese, and there's one who's learnt that theres a little gap under our fence that she can squeeze through, and she spends her day in our garden. If I am digging, she stays close by me, darting in to catch the worms, and her eyesight must be incredible. She is my constant gardening companion, ignoring the cats, who come to watch us. I'm not entirely happy about the wholesale worm catching, but I don't discourage her, a) because she's a sweet little thing, and b) because when she's not eating our worms, she's a fantastic way of getting rid of snails (for some reason we scarcely see slugs any more) and rushes round the rainy garden, hoovering them up in a happy feeding frenzy. The day I catch her snapping the tops off my lettuces, however, the gap in the fence gets mended.

7 Apr, 2012

 

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments - what a very nice bunch of 'gardening friends' you are!
I'll be sure to take photos as my worm fest garden matures and will try and think of other recipes apart from tomato soup and pasta sauces if I get too many tomatoes again! (hee hee)

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!

Love Pita xxx

7 Apr, 2012

 

Trouble is, Pita, when there's a glut of tomatoes in the garden, it's MUCH too hot to want to stand cooking in a kitchen.......Happy Easter to you, too.

7 Apr, 2012

 

happy easter pita!

tomato chutney??? See Stevie the terrible's blogs about chutney!!!

8 Apr, 2012

 

Morning Stick, you had a nice Easter,

9 Apr, 2012

 

it was nice, thanks yorks and good morning to you!!!
have you eaten all your easter eggs?

9 Apr, 2012

 

no, got a real beauty sitting here, to nice to eat,

9 Apr, 2012

 

i didnt have any, bought one each for sons [they had two little bunnies in each as well] but im trying to be good.

actually youngest son did give us a box of very nice chocolates

9 Apr, 2012

 

my daughter bought us an egg each which was a lovely surprise, she also bought me for Mothers day, 4 books, a lovely linen top, a box of jelly babies, and a rossete saying to the best Mum in the world,

9 Apr, 2012

 

oh wow!!!! i think you have been spoiled!!!! but lucky you! i know you will appreciate them all. how very lovely.

[sorry Pita for chatting on your blog!!]

9 Apr, 2012

 

Pita will have to get used to this chatting when she starts putting her photo's on, especially when you and me get going, Lol

9 Apr, 2012

 

oh dear!!! dont say you havent been warned pita!!

chatting??? you or me???? surely not!!!

9 Apr, 2012

 

Pita will look at this and think, my goodness I have twenty six replies, then poor thing will notice its you and me, I think she will like us two,!!!

9 Apr, 2012

 

we had better hope so!!!

or you will be on the naughty step ~ again!!!

9 Apr, 2012

 

Haha very funny,

9 Apr, 2012

 

:-)

9 Apr, 2012

 

Hi Pita...
welcome to GoY.
Good luck with your growing this year :o)

9 Apr, 2012

 

Hey everyone - thanks for all the comments!
I'm thinking that 'Yorkshire' and 'Stickitoffee' are a bit mad! hee hee :S

10 Apr, 2012

 

I dont know how or why you should think that Pita!!!???

10 Apr, 2012

 

you've seen nothing yet Pita

10 Apr, 2012

 

whoooops where did you spring from?

10 Apr, 2012

 

Hey Stick I just sprang in last night for two mins, catch you later today,S D here until 2

11 Apr, 2012

 

ok yorks! possible trip to vets but should be here after that
hope you are having fun!!

11 Apr, 2012

 

very kind of Pita to provide this nice place for us to chat, dont you think??

11 Apr, 2012

 

you back from the vet yet, we are back from lunch, now I must pop to the shop, then I will be back for a chat, very kind of Pita allowing us to use her page, Lol

11 Apr, 2012

 

no just going ~ catch up after shopping then??

11 Apr, 2012

 

Hello Pita, nice to meet you, and welcome to GoY. Yorks and I also have silly contacts at times, all a bit of fun really. Hope you enjoy growing your mini veg, will look forward to hearing all about it.

11 Apr, 2012

 

hello cinders.

11 Apr, 2012

 

hello yorks

11 Apr, 2012

 

hello cinders

11 Apr, 2012

 

Hello Yorks and Sticki, I see you have been teasing the poor girl.

11 Apr, 2012

 

naughty are we not, we like teasing

11 Apr, 2012

 

Oh hello sticki

11 Apr, 2012

 

yes cinders yorkshire is forever teasing me

11 Apr, 2012

 

Hello Cinders - nice to meet you! I'm ignoring Yorkshire and Stickitoffee - they appear to be a bit of an odd pair!
It's a strange site - might go back to Facebook! hee hee (only kidding!)

:D x

11 Apr, 2012

 

Hey Sticki, have you read what Pita has said about us, cheeky madam,she said we are an odd pair, people love us on here don't they, anyway Pita time you put some more photo's on, I see you have met our friend Cinders then, she is really nice, in fact nearly as nice as me, !!

11 Apr, 2012

 

ooooh thats really naughty ~ mentioning another web site on here ~ should we flag it???

11 Apr, 2012

 

yer,

11 Apr, 2012

 

Go steady Yorks, dishing out compliments,

11 Apr, 2012

 

well its true is'nt it,

11 Apr, 2012

 

Lol.:o)) Your opinion.

11 Apr, 2012

 

Mad, crazy, people! hee hee :D

12 Apr, 2012

 

I told you what a great barmy lot we have on here,

12 Apr, 2012

 

And we normal, sane ones are a tolerant bunch.......;o)))))

12 Apr, 2012

 

give up Gattina your as bad as the rest of us, xxx

12 Apr, 2012

 

Oooooh! How very dare you!!!!!!!

12 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome to GOY Pita, look forward to updates and veggies progress :-)

14 Apr, 2012

 

Hi Pitta, welcome from me too. I'm looking forward to seeing your veggies progress. Yorks and Sticki are only just warming up....be warned!!!!

16 Apr, 2012

 

Definitely not my fault!

16 Apr, 2012

 

Is that right Yorks.........

16 Apr, 2012

 

Hmmm I wonder what yorks will say?

16 Apr, 2012

 

warming up you say H/B, how can you send out warnings your scare the poor girl to death. anyone would think Sticki and me were naughty, Lol

16 Apr, 2012

 

And we're not are we yorks?

Hide that naughty seat will you?

16 Apr, 2012

 

no we are not Sticki, only now and again, Lol don't you mean naughty step

16 Apr, 2012

 

The naughty seat is for when you get tired of standing on the naughty step!

16 Apr, 2012

 

good point there

16 Apr, 2012

 

:D xxx

16 Apr, 2012

 

;-) either way ~ hide it!!

16 Apr, 2012

 

Oh gawd where have you sprung from

16 Apr, 2012

 

Welcome to Goy again Pita, just saw your mums blog so off to browse your pics....

17 Apr, 2012

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