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My garden is in fact a patio. There is not much room to grow things but I am experimenting, third year now, to see what I can and would not advise to grow. Up to now I have potatoes, carrots, beetroot, runner beans, artichokes, cabbages which are so far only seedlings and my heart is in my mouth as there really is nowhere to put them. I will be interested with what answer I come up with. For this year I am growing chillies, pumpkins (baby), I have never had them in my life before. The seeds were free with a gardening magazine so a shame to waste them. Tomatoes, perpetual spinach, radishes and lemon balm, parsley and mint. These are all in tubs, pots and planters.

For fruit I have four strawberries, raspberries (in a tub), two blueberries, blackberries in a tub. Last year the blackberries had some kind of curled leaf problem and didn’t flower so I got none and have never had any as they are only in their second year (or third). I cut them down to the ground so that the problem, whatever it was disappeared : D ! So far they are showing healthy signs of life so I’m hoping for some tasty ones this year. They are in a tub.

For flowers I have roses, violas, sweet peas. I am experimenting with two sycamore trees! Both in different size pots and doing well but they are only two years old and don’t yet have any branches. They started to grow between the patio slabs, hundreds of them so I rescued two. I have dianthus and a wild flower area on some steps. Two box topiary bushes, small. Another plant that I don’t know the name of which I may photograph when it flowers and post it up here. I have planted some teasle seeds which are doing well and sunflowers. In spring I get daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses so far.

I wondered how I would rotate my crops as I didn’t do that last year, but hopefully will get round to it this year. I actually didn’t know about it. I have a small water butt and mini greenhouse. It sounds alot but not really, or maybe. I will video it all later in the summer for you to see.

Last year I grew pea griffin and got a plateful!, they were gorgeous. Something ate the leaves to lacework. I tried brussel sprouts but did not get one.

That’s all for now but I hope you have enjoyed my ambitious venture in growing my own. I may have an allotment soon.

-- Desktopgem


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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3484 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 04-17-2009 10:55 AM

First off, so nice to see you on the GT Map!!!! And second, WOW that is a lot of plants on your patio!!!!! And I am assuming all in some sort of containers … amazing what you can grow in small areas. I have a very small yard that I am cramming lots into … and enjoying every minute I am in my yard; like you.

Look forward to seeing photos as you post them and chatting of course. Again, welcome to GT!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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dini

1591 posts in 3323 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 04-17-2009 12:02 PM

Welcome!

Amazing what you can grow in containers, isn’t it?

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Bon

7374 posts in 3386 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-17-2009 02:42 PM

Wow sounds like a very interesting patio.Would love to see some pics of it.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

5121 posts in 3236 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-17-2009 04:41 PM

Yes, there are some problems with your map. They have you in the middle of Romania. I recall that mine was way off as well. If I remember, I somehow got to move the balloon to the right spot, but I don’t recall how. Perhaps mbulla can help you.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-18-2009 01:21 AM

I have fixed the map now. I had to click very close to the pin then magnify the map and do the same to get accuracy.

-- Desktopgem

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jroot

5121 posts in 3236 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-18-2009 08:20 AM

Now I know where you are. :) That is BEAUTIFUL country near Brighton. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3236 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-18-2009 08:27 AM

Hi Desktopgem, welcome to GT.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 3406 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-18-2009 06:08 PM

Welcome to GT Desktopgem!
Looking forward to seeing your patio!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-20-2009 06:42 PM

holymoly—all that on a patio?? !!! I’m impressed!

so amazing.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 04-20-2009 08:39 PM

I was going to ask, Desktopgem, how big is your patio for you to grow all that on it? I am still considering putting raised containers on my deck for some vegetables and herbs, but am curious about the space needed.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-21-2009 03:09 AM

It’s not that big really and it’s not as if I have tons of veg. I’m going to make a video of it eventually and post it to youtube, unless I can get it up here. As I said in my garden summary it sounds a lot but it isn’t really and the difficulty is sowing seeds on a constant basis to get ongoing crops. I will be giving it a go to see what happens. I’m only still a beginner. You will laugh when I get around to showing the photos of my first carrots! I would say though that even one sowing is worth it for the taste experience. However, runner beans and things that grow tall with yields that you can pick all summer long are well worth growing on a patio. I’ll see about getting some photos up later on today. I’d rather be over zealous on a project and have to cut back than sit back and wish I could have done something and never tried.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3606 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-21-2009 06:36 AM

here’s a tutorial (from a LumberJocks’ event) that may help with posting videos here.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-24-2009 03:37 PM

You can see that on my photos there’s fleece coverings. These are to protect my seedlings from allsorts of predators! Underneath are carrots, beetroot, artichokes. I’ve now planted a couple of onions and garlic.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-24-2009 05:13 PM

what a lovely area you have created!! So many things.. impressive indeed

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-24-2009 05:29 PM

Thank you, MsDebbieP, do you like to be called Debbie? You are a great encourager.

My strawberries need a strawberry planter soon as they are pot bound. I got a scare today as they had wilted alot but thankfully after watering they revived.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-24-2009 05:45 PM

I’ve been called lots of things :) Debbie is a good choice! lol

glad you were able to save the strawberries.
I’m holding my breath for mine. They are planted by my gazebo and with the building of the new roof and then the application of the tin … the plants were stomped on, smushed, and just plain abused.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-25-2009 09:58 AM

I just bought 3 organic strawberry plants and an organic fennel from a travelling farmers market It will be interesting to compare the difference in taste with my other shop bought non organic strawberry plants. I will not know though until next year because, like it or not, I will have to pick out the first flowers (of the organic ones) so that the roots get stronger. The reason I am not picking out the flowers of the shop bought ones is simply because I would like to eat some strawberries this year. I may pick out their flowers the following year, if that is permissable and helpful.

I may also replace my wildlife area into a herb collection.

I could not believe the size my runner beans had grown to in only two days of transplanting them!

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-25-2009 10:01 AM

I’d love to have a “nutrient” comparison between home-grown berries and store-bought ones that have traveled around the world.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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rosewood513

420 posts in 2956 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 04-25-2009 11:08 AM

I like the way you set that up. I have a mini greenhouse like that but never put it out, does it work nice?

-- If you always do what you always did, then you will always get what you always got!...Lanoka Harbor, NJ 6b

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 04-25-2009 11:26 AM

Really love what you are doing with “your space” ... very ingenious. I think a lot of people would not think to use a porch like that. Everything looks so healthy … me, I am going to have to purchase another round of strawberry plants cuz the first ones didn’t make it. Not sure why, as I grow strawberries each year …

Look forward to seeing how your garden progresses!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-25-2009 01:32 PM

Yesterday I caught my next door neighbours children scrambling up between my plants on the steps. I was not very happy about that. So now I have made up my mind to plant those Scottish Thistles! If anybody has any ideas of what I can put on steps to stop people using them I would be more than happy to have them. Many thanks for you comments.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-25-2009 01:38 PM

Yes, Rosewood513, the greenhouse does really well. In winter the fleece keeps the frost out and put plants in there to keep them protected. There are four shelves that you can take out and create more space if you want to. The fleece comes off in summer.

-- Desktopgem

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Bon

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posted 04-26-2009 08:07 AM

Maybe you could put one of those children’s gates across the steps to keep people out.And then post sign on it “Private”.
Your container gardens look great.Nice assortment of plants you have.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Cynthia

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posted 04-26-2009 11:10 AM

Desktopgem: You have done a wonderful job on your patio. Those thistles made me laugh. Perhaps if you explained to the little varmints what plants were for and why you grow them, they might behave better. If you were really interested in educating them, you could have them help you plant something (beans or sunflowers) in pots and they could consider themselves your gardening helpers. Winning with honey, not vinegar! Not to compare them with flies, however. Let us know what your solution (winning) is! Good luck.

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Desktopgem

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posted 05-06-2009 05:01 PM

Unfortunatley I didn’t get a chance to photo my ‘bonsai’ sycamore’s today because I was busy with planting my strawberries. I had to go and buy four more as I bought a strawberry planter and it had holes for about 10 plants. It means a lot of strawberries. These are what I never bought in the shops as they were far too expensive. Today I also planted some swiss chard (coloured), Cos lettuce and sweet peppers.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 05-06-2009 05:03 PM

I have also staked and netted for the sweet peas at the front.

I put potash in the strawberries and raspberries, hope it wasn’t too much.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 06-17-2009 03:40 PM

I’ve been away but now am back for a while so will be able to get a new video up soon. My cabbages were under fleece last time now they a climbing out of the planter and their size scares me. Raspberries are coming on and are laden with fruit but non ripe as yet. Have one strawberry which may be eaten tomorrow but only after filming. There’s more of them but not ripe. I better wait till tomorrow or I’ll be repeating myself. Till then au revoir.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-17-2009 04:24 PM

I ate the first strawberry, here, yesterday—-delicious. Rick’s pouting still lol

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Desktopgem

310 posts in 2962 days

posted 06-21-2009 04:50 AM

Yesterday I was a bit dismayed when I saw my newly planted seedlings had disappeared, well most of them. However, on getting closer to the trough later on I realized they had only been trampled by a (cat?) I set to and surrounded the trough with netting so now he’ll have a hard climb. I also planted more seeds in a propagator that I bought especially as no more room in the ‘greenhouse’. Seeds sown: organic carrots,radish, turnips, little gem lettuce, beetroots, everlasting spinach and some flowers; foxglove, they were free with a magazine; not too sure I like the colour which is cream, might look ok though on the steps.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-10-2009 02:38 PM

I went out on an appointment and as usual went off to the garden centre afterwards. Before I got to the garden centre I noticed a nursery shop next door to it so sauntered up there. Oh the joy of seeing loads of faces eagerly watching me, about 50 miniature sunflowers. I bought three and put them on my patio so will put up a photo tomorrow for all to see. I need to name them now: Sunshine, Sundance and Sunderella?? Any suggestions?

-- Desktopgem

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 07-13-2009 03:40 PM

Look forward to seeing them!!! I do love miniature sunflowers!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Desktopgem

310 posts in 2962 days

posted 07-13-2009 05:02 PM

Sorry, Grandma T, I got totally distracted after the battery of my camera needed recharging. Here are two photos of the sunflowers.

Sunflowers on Patio

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-13-2009 05:03 PM

Photobucket

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-13-2009 05:14 PM

I don’t know why but it won’t show the three sunflowers together, only two. I’ve tried downsizing but to no avail.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-13-2009 05:18 PM

Photobucket

-- Desktopgem

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jroot

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posted 07-13-2009 06:37 PM

I see three sunflowers together. Three happy shining faces. Thanks for posting.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3236 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-13-2009 07:29 PM

Very nice. I hope you enter those in the Sunflower contest. They look great!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Desktopgem

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posted 08-07-2009 02:35 PM

Please can anybody tell me why my sunflowers do not show up on the contest list to be voted for?

-- Desktopgem

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dini

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posted 08-07-2009 04:38 PM

They do, but since you can’t vote for your own entry, you can’t see them.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Desktopgem

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posted 08-07-2009 04:58 PM

Thank you, dini, I was going to vote, never thought of your point. Have been away so haven’t had a chance to put in my vote. Never mind. I think voting is over now as the vote link has gone.

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 11-01-2009 04:30 PM

I haven’t been here for a while but the wait has been worth it?? Take a look at my latest video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVdUsxVN7mk

-- Desktopgem

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-03-2010 03:54 AM

I’ve just taken a look at the photos I uploaded when I first came on here. My patio would not be recognisable now. How can I add pictures without taking the others down?

-- Desktopgem

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 07-03-2010 07:09 AM

You could add photos blog-style (using insert image) to one of these comment boxes but they won’t show up on top. You can only have six photos in your garden description. You might want to post your photos as a new project that describes how you changed your garden patio. I look forward to your photos. Welcome back!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Iris43

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posted 07-03-2010 08:30 AM

Oh me too! I would love to see how you’ve grown. Do post another updated project of blog. Good to see you back and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

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posted 07-03-2010 03:56 PM

Yes, indeed. I would love to see “the new patio”. Looking forward to it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Desktopgem

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posted 07-03-2010 05:33 PM

I enjoyed my first two potatoes today. Lovely and smooth. When I scrubbed them the skin came off to reveal a squeeky white underneath. With my compost I simply put my hand in and pulled out a potato and then another. Weight of two potatoes 6 and a quarter ounces. I’ve no idea how many are left.

-- Desktopgem

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