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Grow your own June update

My last post about our own adventure was all about me being worried about the whole process and that feeling of not knowing what to do or where to start. The feed back I got was wonderful and sounds like I was not alone with how I was feeling. 

This post is to bring you up to day with where we have got to. As you are aware I decided to go for it and see what happens. 

The seeds I planted straight in the planter have done fairly well. The salad leaves are doing really well however they have been nibbled a lot which is something I need to think about and look into. But they are ready for a harvest.

The beets, carrots and spring onions in the main have germinated and are growing away. I thinned them out and left the ones to grow I hope to be big and strong. Though again the beets have been nibbled and they may need to be tried again. As I have about 7 or 8 less than I started with after thinning them down. 

The ones I stated in pots are really starting to take off now they have been planted into the main planters. The runner beans may need some supports, are meant to be like small bushes but are starting to produce flowers. The peas are a little behind and much smaller but they are looking healthy so I am sure they will be OK. The courgette and sweetcorn are taking hold. I planted two more courgette as only one germinated. 

I brought three tomato plants from the garden centre as none of them germinated, I thought they were all tumbling but one was not. The tumbling ones are going over the edge of the planter and flowers are forming. The standard tomato is in fact looking very healthy and I will be supporting it soon and just seeing what happens. 

I started the process a little later than maybe I should have but I have to be honest I do not have a greenhouse or even a plastic grow house so being a little later has worked in our favour. We had a few problems with some of the seeds not germinating only 1 out of 5 courgette and 2 Sweetcorn. As I mentioned no tomatoes. The runner beans and peas they all germinated which was very successful. The main lesson learnt was to just give it a go but with out a greenhouse or grow house watch the weather and if very cold protect them even if that means bringing the pots in for the night. Also make sure you keep 

up with the watering.


  1. Looks like you have made a good start! Germination can sometimes be improved if you wet the soil / compost underneath the seeds (before sowing!) and then cover the seeds with dry compost. Sowing too deep is also a common cause of poor germination.

  2. Wow! Looks great! I hope to start a garden with the kids too! #stayclassymama xoxo

  3. Really encouraging and impressive, especially all the plants you started from seeds as I usually buy seedlings. I’ve only done herbs and strawberries this year as I didn’t get organised but I love homegrown courgettes, picked small and fried in butter - lovely nutty taste. Always been to try deep frying the flowers but never get round to it. Nibbling a big problem. I scatter broken eggshells around to keep the slugs and snails away, and rub the rims of planters with Vaseline. Looking forward to next update. #stayclassymama

  4. Our garden is full of raspberries at the moment! We have some blueberries but they still haven't turned blue! We have 1 cherry and are still waiting for the blackcurrants and tomatoes. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama


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