|Garden by Desktopgem||posted 04-17-2009 10:46 AM||1764 reads||0 times favorited||46 comments|
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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.