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Contaniner Growing
Mon 12-Jan-15
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graceymacy

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Last year I had some success with Runner Beans and tomatoes but the courgettes were a complete loss! It's mad really as we have lots of land here in Brittany but not much time, we both work not full-time but its all or nothing so weeding gets put well down the list of jobs to. Plus MOH hates it if it looks un-cared for and masses of weeds, I have said some people say it doesn't effect the crop but he's not that sure.

We also have 5 chickens that free-range all over our land and I don't want to plant something that they will eat, I can put up a wire fence if need be but I really want my girls and Claude the cock freedom. Has anyone got any thoughts or good ideas on the above as I love veg that I have grown it tastes so much better.

Mon 12-Jan-15
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So did you grow the beans, tomatoes and courgettes in containers?  Last year we successfully grew purple climbing French beans, early potatoes and tomatoes in containers.....actually, the potatoes we grew in those heavy duty supermarket shopping bags, the reusable ones you can buy (well, over here anyway) for 50p.  We also grew cut-and-come-again salad leaves in growbags, placed on top of an old garden table, in an effort to keep the mice off - that worked well too.  Our strawberries too were in growbags, on shelving fixed to the garden fences, they cropped very heavily.

So if you want to keep your hens away from your crops, I would suggest growing in containers, growbags or simply heavy duty bags full of compost, but try raising them up off the ground out of reach of the hens.  They need lots of water, of course, when grown in containers.

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Mon 12-Jan-15
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containers are good , less work , I grew loads of veg in containers on my 6inch balcony

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Mon 12-Jan-15
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Thanks for your replies I think I will go down the container route as it's so easy in our courtyard but what veg don't chickens eat??

Mon 19-Jan-15
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Hi Sooliz

Yes the Runner Beans were in a big container and we ate them most nights, the Toms were Tumblers and had loads but the courgettes again were in a container and watered lots but never really came to anything! I am told you need a male & female plants?? and don't grow near Cucumbers. The strange thing is the first year I moved to Brittany my Husband was working away from home so my Neighbour rotarvated a small veggies patch for me and as I ran out of room I planted the courgettes in the same tub as I used last year and I had so many of them I couldn't give them away.

I'm really looking forward to starting my veggies again just get Feb out the way and I can start planning again.

Mon 19-Jan-15
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I  grow everything in Containers, as am Disabled, have some purpose built ones, simply made from Pallets. Oblong and Square, so they are the right height for me. You can Fertilize Marrows yourself, simply by picking the Male Flower and inserting it into the Female Flower. Also with Courgettes, which are just young Marrows anyway. A trick I find works is to grow a few Flowers in the same Container, the Bees are attracted to the Flowers, and Voila!

Mon 19-Jan-15
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Sorry, forgot to add, Marrow Family are greedy Feeders, and ideally would be grown on Dungheaps, make sure you feed them often.

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I think once tomatoes get to a certain size, the chickens won't be interested, we have free range chickens and they never touch my tomatoes in the greenhouse. Or potatoes, I think the leaves are poisonous and they must somehow know this?!

Wed 28-Jan-15
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Thank you all for your replies, Once it warms up a bit I will ask my friend to clear a patch for some potatoes, they are so tasty when small and the year we did plant them they were lovely even as they got bigger and did keep us going for a while.

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I have inherited a lot of containerised plants- Flowers shrubs and the like, but I grew onions and garlic in some containers last year, they were smaller than you would expect, but I like them that way.

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