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General 25 May '14 17:04
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    25 May '14 17:04
    This one's for you, drew. 🙂
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    25 May '14 21:16
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    I cannot say what went wrong but i am growing strawberries this year, two years ago my rabbits got into the greenhouse and devoured everything, last year i put them out too early and the frost was merciless, this year they are doing fine.
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    25 May '14 21:43
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    I plant them in hanging baskets and pots, i cut off the shoots because i want all the goodness to go into the strawberries, just fire in some slow release fertilizer and they are awesome. 😀
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    25 May '14 21:53
    Did the parsnips taste ok?

    The height of my gardening skill are looking after 3 tesco bought basil plants and planting soem garlic that was starting to grow to see what happens. They are growing but will see if any garlic grows... probably not.
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    Years back, when I had strawberry beds, I disbudded the plants and nipped off the runners
    the first year (to allow strength to go to the roots) and harvested fruit the second and third
    years. I planted a new bed during that third year to be ready for fruit the following year, when
    the old bed, now depleted, would be ripped out to make room for future beds. Other than that,
    strawberries seem to thrive on benign neglect.
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    Have you tried growing tomatoes and chillies? Cherry tomatoes are delicious. You can make all kinds of interesting salsas with them, or relish. Once one has tasted a homegrown tomato a supermarket one is like a rubber bouncy ball. I have a greenhouse but it need not be expensive i have seen people grow them in the little plastic lean-to ones with great success. The trick with growing tomatoes is to have a single vine by cutting off all the little side shoots that try to grow and to feed them regularly.
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    If you go on holiday you can get a two litre bottle of Pepsi (empty) and pierce a small hole in the cap and let the water drip into the base of your tomatoes keeping them moist enough for you when you get home. I seen a dude do it in his allotment in the North of England. I don't know if its too late to get little plants from your garden center, probably not and it would be well worth it.
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    What about raspberries or blueberries they are relatively easy to grow and produce copious amounts of fruit. Rasperry wine is very pleasant. Although in Scotland we need to protect the latter from extreme cold otherwise it may wither.
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    27 May '14 19:58
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    No apples trees but I have a Rowan tree to keep away witches! My father has apple trees and plum trees although they don't seem to be as profuse as yours.
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