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Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a mum of 3,( 2 girls & 1 boy) with another on the way. I am from the uk(northeast) & I enjoy gardening, I have started grown fruit & veg. Share your ideas, tips & photos. I have opened this group as I couldn't find a group on home grown fruit & veg. Invite other mams to join too.

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Kyrstie - posted on 12/16/2011

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Hi,
my name is Kyrstie and I am the mum of two little boys. I have just started a gardening and cooking blog called A Fresh Legacy http://afreshlegacy.net My blog is about the two things I love to do most (after spending time with my boys), that is growing beautiful fresh vegetables and herbs and using them to create beautiful food to share with my family and friends. I have a huge list of projects (things i want to do in my garden in the new year) I would like to get some chickens for fresh eggs, fix the compost mess my partner started and a number of other things too. I look forward to visiting this page to see what everyone else is up to. Thanks! Kyrstie

Yupawadee(Bird) - posted on 08/29/2011

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yeah I guess Sarah needs us to update more regularly! Oi Sarah get on the case!!
We have just under 3 acres of land, about 1/3 is allocated for the poultry and new orchard. I figured chicken and duck poo would be good for the fruit trees and they'd eat the bugs as well. I have medlars, pears, plums, apples, cherries, apricots, figs, walnuts, persimmon.
I just like having herbs growing fresh! I dont always use them! i dry some of the herbs and hang them in the kitchen for use over winter months in stews etc, i freeze the basil...it keeps quite well. rosemary, thyme, parsley grow over the winter so they are ok. Most others die back but will return in the spring. I grow lemon grass but will dig it up and overwinter indoors til after the frosts are over. I have had a huge glut of tomatoes and zuccini today so i will make a tomato sauce and use lots of herbs in that. i'll freeze in jars for pizza bases, lasagne, bolognaise and other tomato based things.
the vineyard is my hubby's attempt at growing seedless grapes!! I have 1 red and 1 white but im not alllowed to grow them by his!!(he's a non gardener but at least he's trying) My grapes are growing in my soft fruits patch. I have raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, red and black currants and blue berries...so far. I'm not an expert gardener...I just grow stuff and HOPE they grow, i've been fairly lucky. last year i grew a green pumpkin in the shade and the herbs did fairly well. cabbages, lettuces, cauliflowers seem to do ok in semi-shade from the little experience I have. In my old garden i managed green beans ok and peas. currently my veggie plot is in full sun and the only shade is from a runner bean teepee that shades the brassicas(cabbages, caulis and brocolli). I love gardening but i do need more help. I'd like to go as self suffient as possible and need to buy a bigger freezer!!

Kelsey - posted on 08/29/2011

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@Yupawadee
A year ago! Oh my gosh, does this group need attention huh?!? I can't believe how much gardening you are doing..You must have a HUGE yard for it all! What exactly do you use all your herbs for before they go bad? Do you freeze any of them? What is in the vineyard??! Have you had any luck with shade gardening? If so, what has grown well for you(but obviously probably would grow a lot bigger/better in the sun!?)

Yupawadee(Bird) - posted on 08/29/2011

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I have moved my veggie plot since my last post LAST year, it's bigger but that just means lots more work for 1 person to handle. I have now got a huge herb patch with lots of lovely aromatics, lemon, balm, mints, basils, oreganos and marjorams. My hubby has decided he wants a vineyard and has 5 vines, I have 2 in my patch. I overdid the tomatoes and zuccini this year but I dont have the heart to dig them up and waste them so I give them away to neighbours and friends. Free food is always helpful to someone. We also now have chickens and ducks for eggsa and one day meat.... Carrots didnt work for me thsi year but we have had a very dry year. My strawberries were also rubbish where last year they went mad. But apricots are doing very well.

Kelsey - posted on 08/28/2011

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@Yupawadee
I just started my garden this year too...and now after I have seen everything grow and get so big I thought the same thing! "I could use a garden double the size of this!"

Kelsey - posted on 08/28/2011

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Hi moms! I am a single mom to my daughter Carissa who just turned 2. I just started a garden this year..and have done some canning. I have canned green beans and made dill pickles so far. I also look forward to making tomato sauce and salsa. I grew jalapenos and want to can them as well as make jalapeno jam. Looking forward to discussing all of gardenings' growing mishaps ....and great growths.=)

Charlotte - posted on 06/12/2011

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Hi my name is charlotte, I live in Florida with my family. My son is 13, my 2 girls are 6, and 4 months. I love to grow fruits and veg. We also have an herb garden and we have been to the local farms to pick blueberries.

Yupawadee(Bird) - posted on 04/28/2010

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I am mum of 2 boys, 8 &14 I have been trying to grow my own fruit and veg for years, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I have a big veggie plot now but somehow it just doesnt seem big enough for everything I want to grow.
Living in the Auvergne in France for 2 years now, this year gonna try and get my papayas to grow and pineapples to bear fruit, it's been hot enough these past few weeks, been like summer here in April!

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