Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What to grow?

Now the raised beds are in, I can start to think about what to grow. I've read magazines, asked the family and listened to friends to come up with the following list (so far!):

  • Sweetcorn (a must for Amy)
  • Potatoes (how hard can they be?)
  • Carrots (so much tastier than anything you buy)
  • Parsnips (Joel's favourite)
  • Beetroot (my choice, but I'm hoping to convert the rest of the family)
  • Brussels sprouts (hopefully for Christmas dinner)
  • Runner beans (fond childhood memories of pinching Grandad's fresh from the plant)
  • Courgettes (Grandad's always ended up as marrows)
  • Tomatoes (again, so much more flavour than shop bought)
  • Chillies
  • Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Cabbages
  • Red onions
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Salad leaves
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
I've been given some lupin seeds as they're apparently good to grow with slow growers like cabbages and sprouts to enrich the soil. I know they can be poisonous, but I think my lot are old enough and sensible enough not to eat strange flowers and seeds! I might try some marigolds to keep away the pests, although in the past they've always become slug magnets in my experience - maybe I should see them as sacrificial plants? I think I've heard that coriander is a good pest deterrent as well, so that may be added to the list.

So, the next job should be a planting plan...

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