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Old Saturday 11th July 2009, 21:01
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I've learned that some things just aren't worth the bother of growing. It is cheaper and easier to pop down to the supermarket and buy what you want when you want. Other things, like strawberries, I will try and grow more of next year because they taste so much better than the shop bought ones.

It's a very steep learning curve.

One thing I learned when stocking my pond was not to put in too many plants; they spread so rapidly that they filled all the gaps within a couple of months. Now I spend time hacking everything back a couple of times each year.
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Old Sunday 12th July 2009, 20:47
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Which things have you given up on, Honesty?

Our pond is full of water weed, it has taken off. I have already cleared some to the sides, don't like to remove it as there could be creatures in it. The fish are grateful, they now have somewhere to swim to.
At least we haven't had that nasty browny scum on it lately, it seems to have cleared up on it's own. I did buy some stuff to put in the water, but haven't had to use it, yet.

I like home grown strawberries, but ours did nothing this year. I think we need new plants.
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Old Saturday 18th July 2009, 14:39
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My mistake was water hawthorn! bloomed last year till nearly Christmas, and though it looks weedy to start with, it soon took over the small pond, a lot of the time spent on caring for that is in removing the water hawthorn!
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Old Wednesday 22nd July 2009, 16:48
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Hi Val, I have given up on asparagus peas for a start! I picked them when absolutely tiny, as recommended, and they still tasted horrible.

The mange tout were nice but went over too fast despite regular picking.

The lettuce and rainbow chard were fabulous though and I will do them again.
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Old Thursday 23rd July 2009, 16:14
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Glad that you did get some things that you'll plant again Honesty.
We have runner beans outside, flowering & tomato & cucumber plants in the greenhouse, but the latter don't look too good.
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