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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: new to this - how to decide on vegetable quantities? Reply with quote

Hi there,

I have a 9ft x 3ft raised bed and several tubs in a city garden. I am wondering how one decides how much to sow (for two people). Because space is limited, I want to make the most of it. I dont want to end up with too few veg from being cautious or lots of one variety being harvested at the same time - I presume the timing of these things will be learned over time.....no one told me you need to have a great memory to be a gardener !!!

I want to grow:

Carrot 'Atomic Red'
Carrot 'Nantes 2' Organic
Parsnip "White Gem" (only a few as I dont like them myself!)
Pea "Feltham First"
Cabbage "Golden Acre, Earliest of All"
Onion 'Rijnsburger 5'
Onion, Spring Onion 'White Lisbon'


I have a few strawberry plants which I am considering growing in a container or my homemade mini greenhouse. also I will grow Tomato 'Garden Pearl' in the greenhouse.

any advice would be appreciated. I guess I am just nervous of getting it all wrong.... Confused

Risin
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not the one who grows the vegetables in our garden but I'm pretty sure you need to keep records.
Get a notebook and keep all your seed names and quantities, times of sowing, yields, flavour etc. All this will be invaluable information when you start all over again next spring.
And over the years you will find out what grows well for you, and what you enjoy most on the dinner table.
As for being afraid of "getting it all wrong"....don't be. That is exactly how you will learn and then be able to share your experiences with other gardeners !
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: new to this - how to decide on quantities? Reply with quote

risin, try to work out in kilograms how much the two of you will eat of each veg.
Then as a very rough rule of thumb you can expect the following weights per metre of row.....

4 to 5 kg main-crop carrots
2 to 3 heads of cabbage
1 to 1.5 kg parsnips
1 to 1.5 kg onions
1 to 1.5 kg peas

1 to 1.5 kg tomatoes per ordinary plant

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

those carrots must have had a lot of muck on them when you were weighing up. A bit bit ambitious there James....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all for the advice. i will get stuck in......and see how it goes.

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