• Rasberry cane (bambo cor climbing needs tying together still, and it all moving somewhere more out of the way)
  • Blackberry plant being trained up some bambo.
  • Olive tree
  • Red onions
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot
  • Sweetcorn
  • Branches of plum tree
  • Mint & Oregano
  • Tyme, Parsley & Chives
  • More red onions, shallots and garlic
  • Carrots (both early and late)
  • Parsnips
  • Leeks & Spring Onions
  • Peas
  • Lots of strawberries
  • Broad beans (will move out and trail up fence soon)
  • Chilli pepper seedlings
  • Tomato Seedlings
  • Tomato and sweetcorn seedlings, plus 2 butternut squash seedlings
  • Need to find some space for 4 potato growing bags too! In other parts of the garden theres a morello cherry tree and 2 apple trees.
  • Sam the slug - jasontheaker
  • Mrs Jones wondering why you are dancing around your garden at midnight to bring on rain! - jasontheaker
  • just one more note for a laugh. - jasontheaker


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I've been growing edible stuff in my garden for a number of years now, after planting a plum tree when i first got the house and tasting how much better they were than those from the supermarket.

This year i decided to step it up a little, so i've slated over a 4m x3m area at the bottom of the garden hidden away behind the garage, and got to work adding raised beds etc.

The raised beds are pretty cool - about £25 each from crocus, 1m x 1m x 0.25m and made out of black plastic (so retain heat better). I think wood would have looked nicer, i originally looked at railway sleepers, but the recycled ones are heavily treated in (creosote?) which has now been found to be more carcenogenic than originally thought so not good for around food, and modern sleepers are treated in a deriviative of arsenic, which might be okay, but didnt really appeal!

The huge propogator things are from B&Q for £5 each - really useful for getting the seedlings started, and just as importantly for stopping the local cats from using them as litter trays (grrr) (hence the reason theres (home-harvested :-) bamboo over the bed without propogators)

I have a terrible problem with slugs in the garden, they ravage most things, hence i've tried using slate to make it all more of a chore to get to, and.... best of all i've just built a pond (which im stood next to here), which along with a couple of goldfish i've taken 30+ frogs of different sizes from my parents pond, along with a load of frog spawn - woe-betide any slug that decides to take up residence in this garden :-)

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  1. yorksgalSue pain is a pain 85 months ago | reply

    Now I see why you were so busy in the garden. If you find things go missing in the night its just me popping round to grab lunch :D

    I know nothing about gardening but a friend of mine got some broken shells to put round her garden which looks pretty but it also slashes slugs to death if they try get over it......

  2. Shootin' the breeze 85 months ago | reply

    Apparently chilli powder is an effective anti-feline treatment :D
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  3. gerty99 85 months ago | reply

    well done great garden

  4. Jim Moran 85 months ago | reply

    Oooh. That's a great use of space. Nicely done dude.

  5. annabellafranc [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

    Wow, that's all great...I might go and have a look at B&Q

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  6. StripeyAnne 85 months ago | reply

    Rick - this is ace! We just planted potatoes in buckets today and feel quite smug about it!

    For slugs - I understand ashes from the fire are good.... but it was my grandma who told me!

  7. tricky (rick harrison) 85 months ago | reply

    Cheers for the comments :-)
    @Mark - i think i've got the cat problem under control now (covering them with stripped left-over bamboo from cutting back the jungle at the bottom of the garden seems to work quite well!), chilli powder would be amusing tho (if not resulting in a visit from the rspca :-s )

    Slugs - im hoping the frogs will be a nice natural and sustainable solution - they apparently love slugs and even snails. A wren has built a nest in one of the clematis too, so im hoping they'll lend a hand :-)
    I've found beer-traps to be quite effective, but i dont think ive ever smelt anything so foul as the smell of them when it comes to emptying them :-s

    @Anne - yeah, home grown potatoes are awsome, i bought some charlotte seed potatoes from the guy on leeds farmers market last year, they made for the most amazing baked potatoes. this year im growing more charlottes, and also some anya salady ones too.

    If theres one thing everyone should have a go at doing, its sweetcorn tho - makes you realise how quickly they degrade in taste - theres a huge benefit to picking and then grilling them straight away - so sweet and sticky. I have to physically restrain myself from half-inching them from farmers fields in late summer :-s

  8. Facing North East 85 months ago | reply

    Superb tricky, very impressive indeed!

  9. jasontheaker 85 months ago | reply

    God this looks organised!
    We had a runner bean growing comp this year up a south-facing wall! It got to about 25feet! No kidding! My son could pick them from his window!

    It’s great picking and growing your own stuff! But I find you tend to eat it before you get it to the plate...especially the garden peas and broad beans.....yum yum!

  10. The Green Thumb 62 months ago | reply

    At dusk, put little containers of beer around the plants that slugs are getting at. They sometimes get drunk and drown. LOL!

    Also, if you're not squeamish you can hand pick them and drop em into soapy water. They can't climb out.

  11. Donaldoyahoo.con 36 months ago | reply

    Que bello el universo para tener tanta velleza

  12. MAuraC1962 24 months ago | reply

    Hey thats pretty good..Is that little greenhouse usable in wintertime ? i was thinking of
    getting one ?

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