Recommendations for Pinkos garden

I am in the process of buying a house, which has a garden. I am quite excited by the prospect of growing my own vegetables, as I have never had my own garden. Ideally I would have a variation of produce. Incidentally there is already an apricot tree there, so jam o’clock.

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  1. ewebber - 5 October 2010, 9:01 pm

    Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb – get some please 🙂

  2. mjacksonesq - 5 October 2010, 9:33 pm

    I’m going to be planting blackberries this year. Rhubarb sounds like a bloody good idea. Be careful you don’t end up planting a garden that ends up as one large vegetable curry; dispiriting. How about quince? Difficult to get quince. Or just a single colossal marrow.

  3. ewebber - 6 October 2010, 8:21 am

    One large vegetable curry sounds good. One colossal marrow and a couple of pumpkins?

  4. ewebber - 6 October 2010, 8:31 am

    Rhubarb and blackberry crumble, I feel a coalition coming on. I think I’ll try my hand at growing tommies, butternut squash, leeks and carrots for starters. What about sweet potatoes, wrong climate perhaps? Failing the above I’ll stick to marrow and pumpkins, or Cock and balls as they are more commonly know down the allotment.

  5. alexpink - 6 October 2010, 8:32 am

    Rhubarb and blackberry crumble, I feel a coalition coming on. I think I’ll try my hand at growing tommies, butternut squash, leeks and carrots for starters. What about sweet potatoes, wrong climate perhaps? Failing the above I’ll stick to marrow and pumpkins, or Cock and balls as they are more commonly know down the allotment.

  6. catfunt - 6 October 2010, 10:02 am

    Sweet potatoes are, I think, hard in this climate. Rhubarb’s always good. Self-sufficient once it’s in and established. BTW, Is it a sunny garden?

  7. ewebber - 7 February 2011, 11:06 pm

    I’ve now decided that raspberries would be ace too….. as well as the Rhubarb

  8. alexpink - 8 February 2011, 9:15 am

    Raspberries are on the list, as is Rhubarb. I might grow a third berry to go with the raspberries and strawberries.

  9. ewebber - 8 February 2011, 9:24 am

    a thirdberry – not sure I’ve heard of that before 😉

  10. alexpink - 8 February 2011, 9:32 am

    Its an odd looking plant and probably not very tasty – http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/245220925

  11. saladefolle - 8 February 2011, 10:00 am

    A garden! Lucky you… If you make apricot jam, keep the kernels in, it’ll taste even better (this brings fond memories of my grand-father’s apricot tree in south of France… his jam was the best I’ve ever tasted!).Have you thought about growing pumpkins, marrows, beetroot, carrots, brassicas, leeks, and French beens? You could make beds and rotate your crops. And strawberries, and a herb garden… How big is your garden? If it’s large enough you could consider having a small greenhouse or a polytunnel. Also, if it’s in London, are foxes going to be an issue? I see my nieghbours’ garden being messed up every spring by them… And finally, here’s the link to a brilliant site that might be of interest to you http://www.seedtoplate.co.uk/. We are using it as a guide for our growing experiment at the FARM:shop in Dalston http://www.facebook.com/pages/FARMshop/46203673696Good luck with the house buying!

  12. alexpink - 8 February 2011, 11:02 am

    Its great to have a garden, and I do consider myself lucky – especially living in London.Thanks for the tips re Apricot jam. I haven’t sampled the apricots yet but I am looking forward to it.I’d certainly like to grow carrots, beetroot, leeks and french beans, and an assortment of fruits. I’d love to grow sweet potatoes also.The garden is in an L-shape. The bottom of which measures 5m wide by 3.5m deep, and gets the most sun. The narrow bit measures 8m long by 1m deep.I have thought about a small polytunnel or greenhouse but don’t know much about them. There are foxes around here although I haven’t noticed them in my garden. I’ll have to look into that.Thats a great website, thanks. Oh so you work at the farm shop? I was looking in the window the other night as I walked past. It looks fascinating.

  13. saladefolle - 8 February 2011, 11:14 am

    Well I do and I don’t work there: I volunteer there (it’s a community project), it’s been going since last june when we started refurbishing the building and adapting it for the project. Now we’re getting the kitchen ready for the café, and also the ‘proper’ planting season (so far it’s been mostly herbs). Our tilapia fish arrived last week, and we’re getting a pigsty ready. The chickens have been there a while…If you get in touch through the website, one of the guys will give you a tour (should you be curious). And I’ll announce the grand opening soon…

  14. ewebber - 8 February 2011, 11:19 am

    oooh, I want a tour too 🙂

  15. saladefolle - 8 February 2011, 11:56 am

    right you guys – here’s all the info to get in touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/FARMshop/46203673696?v=info. If you come over on saturday, I should be around. I may even be there on friday (work permitting).Tell them Violaine sent you there and ask to book yourselves for a tour, and you’ll get the lowdown from one of the 3 founders. And if you fancy lending a hand…I’ve been thinking of creating a group for the FARM:shop… unless an account would be better? What do you think Emily? I’m thinking a group might be easier so that anyone involved in the project can just post whatever they need to (like how we need your empty glass jars and lids, an industrial coffee machine, general help etc…)

  16. ewebber - 8 February 2011, 1:39 pm

    Hi @saladefolle – I don’t think I can do Sat – what time will you be there?A FARM:Shop group would make sense, as you said then people can join that and they will get updates from that group – drop me a private message and we’ll sort it out

  17. alexpink - 8 February 2011, 6:19 pm

    I’m up for a tour.

  18. saladefolle - 8 February 2011, 6:45 pm

    @ewebber, I’m usually there from around lunchtime for the rest of the afternoon. But don’t worry, you can visit any week-end… I’ll email you soon about the group! Thanks@alexpink, get in touch with the guys at the FARM:shop and they’ll book you in (I don’t do the tours, the 3 founders do). Details in previous post. If you do come over on saturday, ask if I’m around and I’ll come and say hi

  19. ewebber - 8 February 2011, 8:13 pm

    @saladefolle thanks, I have a few things booked it, but might be able to make it – I will try and book @alexpink and myself in for a visit too

  20. alexpink - 11 April 2011, 3:38 pm

    Just thought I’d update you on my growing success. I have Rhubarb, 3 types of potatoes, garlic and a few herbs on the go. I’ve also planted a cox apple tree so that my Apricot tree doesn’t get lonely. Talking of gardening, does anyone know where I get some old railway sleepers locally?

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