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Do you still buy fruit and veg?
Mon 11-Apr-11
8:19 pm

Supreme Being
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Welcome to the forum Clairewave We buy fruit but not bought any veg since last year, the difference is though that we have two large allotments near our apartments. We are also working on a piece of land which has about 33 acres and put in apple trees, cherry, plums, pears, blackcurrants, raspberries, red and white currants and gooseberries, so with some good planning we should be able to reduce our fruit intake. Going to try growing some cereal crops this year like buckwheat and oats - worth trying anyway just for the fun of it. cheers

I think the advice you have got so far is good, maybe try a few perennial vegetables too, like walking onions (forgotten the name of them now), and a bush of blackcurrants if you have the space. You can grow potatoes in bags, just for the fun of it - even if they are cheap in the shops and any container will do if it will hold some compost for extending your garden with a bit of grit in the bottom and some holes for drainage . cheers

Wed 13-Apr-11
1:40 am
Michelle from Oregon
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Hi Claire!

I think my only 2 cents would be think about the things that you can buy from the grocery store cheaply (In your area at least) and don't concentrate on them.

Now obiviouly home grown does taste much better than store bought, but if you have limited space.....

You may want to consider some of the hanging grow bags, if you have someplace you can rig hooks that can hold a heavier weight. Something like this....?




If you search on hanging planters there are a whole assortment, it might be a good answer for extending your growing space.

Good Luck!

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Sun 17-Apr-11
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Welcome, Claire, and I think you have been given sound advice. We two should be self sufficient in potatoes and greens this year, thanks to our solar tunnel polytunnel. That should provide harvests right through to Jan/Feb is we get the successional planting right.

Growing up as a kid, my dad had five acres and we only ever bought meat and imported fruit like oranges. But he worked at it every day and it had enough space for a milking cow as well.

This year we have dropped things like carrots that are cheap to buy in the supermarket. Instead, Fiona is growing "delicacies" like baby turnips and experimenting with new things that I had never heard of before like oca and yakon. She has also planted a peppercorn tree and apricot, peach and quince trees.

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Sun 17-Apr-11
6:11 pm

LIKE everyone else, I would recommend growing tomatoes and peas as they are incomparable to those in the shops;  Then grow what you like and cannot get easily in the shops; I grow blackcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb (or rather will do in the new house) plus we have 3 cherry trees, a hazlenut, a walnut, a plum and a fig that were here on arrival!

Sun 17-Apr-11
6:17 pm
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Lots of fruit there Shelley, what luck!

I'll try that again!

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