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Six-on-Saturday – GrowVeg

9th January 2021.

Having spent a few fortunes buying plants for over thirty years, I added a subscription to Growveg last year. It turned out to be a very worthwhile investment, costing me nineteen euro. So here we go with a six-point review.

Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Can be anything. This week I’m on the laptop planning my vegetable garden for the year. In fact, I had created this plan last November and I just tweak it whenever I want. You may be wondering if it would be easier to use pen and paper. Each to their own, I say. Yes, I do use a notebook to make notes (of course), yet a plan that can be shaped, adapted or extended is worthwhile. This will help a lot.

I mapped out my vegetable beds in square foot sections and selected the vegetables I want. Miraculously, the next step brought me to an online ordering portal, and having selected the retailer of my choice, my order was processed pronto-like. That’s a thumbs up from me.

Another thumbs up is the built in weather forecast for my location. Sometimes inaccurate though. I find that the best indication of the weather and possibility of getting a few outdoors gardening hours is by looking at the sky. So, perhaps I’ll give it a thumb down after all.

This one is a bit dubious… It’s the estimated first and last frost days for my location. If I select vegetables whose growing conditions conflict with these dates, the laptop screen turns red, gets very hot and starts smoking. Admittedly, it’s a bit over the top, but might be useful at some point. In fact, I discovered that there are several vegetables that will grow away slowly right through the winter. Specifically, several varieties of lettuce are providing tasty lunches since way back in early November, and I’m thrilled also because there’s no bolting.

Here’s a thumbs down. The website provides a free journal, even if you choose not to subscribe to the planner. I could specify what I’ve done every day, and for the purposes of this article, you’ll see above that I’ve planted 36 dahlia seeds, when in fact I have not. I cannot see myself using this any longer. I have a notebook that follows me around the garden and most of what I need to record gets done when I remember to do it.

Also provided free are growing details for all vegetables. Thumbs up again. When combined with a subscription, the details (usually on the packet anyway) are at my fingertips.

I haven’t used this section yet. There are over 700 guides to everything. If I start reading, I’d never get anything done. Not sure yet if it’s thumb up or down.

Credit

For more accounts of New Year garden activity from near and far timpeall an domhan, tap this link to visit The Propagator’s blog or check out @cavershamjj on Twitter. You’ll find plenty writers linking their Six on Saturday garden selection in the comments section.

That’s my lot for this second Saturday in January. Slán go fóill.

Pádraig.

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  1. That was a very interesting review. It will be good to hear how your vegetable growing goes when you are following the app. I don’t think the app will work for us here as we do not use the standard vegetable growing method. Ours is definitely a more haphazard layout!

    1. Pádraig

      Definitely each to their own… I’ll see how it goes for me this year. I’m trying to ensure that the space produces as much as possible through the entire year.

      1. A good idea. We try and cram in as many different vegetables as possible, and as many as we can, then the weather turns and we have disasters! But that’s how it is with gardening.

  2. Let us know how it goes as the growing season progresses. It all sounds great in theory!

    1. Pádraig

      Indeed. Vegetables were never grown in theory yet!

  3. Adrian Thorne

    That’s very interesting. I’ll look forward to seeing how you get on with that. I have tried a few different varieties of app and haven’t found one that I like yet – I find they suck up a lot of time entering data.

    But I am very open to the idea.

    1. Pádraig

      Yes, any method is useful only if there’s a benefit greater than the time taken to enter the data.

        1. Pádraig

          I love to cook. Haven’t won any awards or been asked to give after-dinner speeches though. Whenever I cook a lousy meal I never complain.

    1. Pádraig

      Cinnte, Paddy. Most of it done before Christmas. Now it’s just… follow the plan.

  4. janesmudgeegarden

    Gosh, very technical. I’m looking forward to seeing your veg garden come spring and summer!

  5. grannysgarden

    Hmm. Interesting. Funnily enough, I was rearranging a bookcase and found a rather pretty Gardening Journal I had completely forgotten about. I’m going to show it on next week’s Six-on-Saturday so I will let you look forward to that.

    1. Pádraig

      What a find! I’ll look forward to having a look.

  6. fredgardener

    Very interesting, it sounds good ! Keep us updated about the progress. 👍🏻

    1. Pádraig

      I surely will, Fred…. So far so good. I’ve got lettuces, peas, onions and scallions growing well. That’s a big advance on previous years.

  7. That’s very 21st century stuff and very interesting. I was taken with the little illustrations of peas, etc., in the vegetable bed plan. I hope it turns out well.

  8. Katharine

    I wish I were more of a planner but I’m more of a grow lots of things and see if I’ve got room for them later kind of girl. That app does look good though.

    1. Pádraig

      Know thyself… Secret of success. In my case, time will tell.

  9. Sel Calderbank

    I’m sure if I got such an App it would tell me that no way could I fit some many veg into that tiny raised bed, and it’d probably be right!

    1. Pádraig

      Rather than planting in rows, which wastes a lot of space, I usr square foot planting… Ask Eileen about it. Lots more produce.

  10. Joy

    Ha. I love a good plan and always make one and then go off and do my own thing usually because by the time I get to the allotment, I can’t remember which bed the seedlings should be in if I don’t take my phone. I do like to feel organised though particularly at this time of year. It’s either that or weed in the cold.

    1. Pádraig

      You’re correct… Its a good starting point. There may be diversions and refusals along the way!

  11. CadyLuck Leedy

    Wow, very organized this morning! That looks like something I would do, because I am way, way, way into organization! I have no room because I have a postage-stamp sized garden, all on a slope! I may try raised beds though, my neighbor put three up in his driveway this winter….I was waiting to see if the Home Owners Association sent their minions around and told him to take them down, but so far so good! So I may just do it too and really send the HOA over the moon! I did have an allotment one year up at the church. I grew so much stuff (and all at the same time) I didn’t spread things out over weeks, and I couldn’t keep up with all the lettuce and other stuff! And I was going up the hill daily with a wagon to pick it and then dropping off vegetables at peoples cottages on the way back down the hill! I even wrote a post about it! It was fun until it got way, way, way hot!

    1. Pádraig

      I’m only seeing this now! A blast from the past! I’ll be doing an update any week now to outline what worked and what didn’t.
      BTW, where are you? I’ve not seen your lovely updates? Hope all is well, a chara.

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