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Old 26.11.2011, 22:14
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Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

Not sure if this fits in this category. But I wanted to know if anybody here is growing their own food, perhaps in a Schrebergarten or at home?

My husband and I are considering applying for a garden allotment in Winterthur, and I was thinking about planting some vegetables and fruits there and taking care of them organically. Just as a hobby to start with and we'll see how well it goes... but I have no idea about gardening and natural pest control. I've been reading up online but I'm also wondering if someone here is already doing this and wouldn't mind sharing some tips. Perhaps we could do a gardening/farming day together once.
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

Related threads of possible interest to you:

Garden Allotment Information

Garden allotments in CH?

Hobby Garden (Schrebergarten) in Leimbach Area/Zurich

http://homepage.swissonline.ch/wolle...eschichte.html

http://familiengarten.ch/
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

Are you from the UK? If so the best place to visit to learn about natural pest control, composting, organic growing, etc, is Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry - a fabulous practical research place that runs excellent courses and that you can visit.

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www.gardenorganic.org.uk

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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

We have our own vegetable garden and yes this is great idea. Your timing is bit early since you wont be growing much now until April.

I have actually been growing certain things for a couple of seasons already now so I have a few tips or more related to what works and doesn't work. Something else to consider is that as vegetables are generally quite cheap its not likely to save lots of money but it is rather rewarding.

What works well: Carrots, zuccinni, spinach, strawberries, rasberries, lettuce.
What is difficult: Tomatoes are hard to beat the fruit flies

The biggest danger are the elephant sized slugs that can destroy your wonderful garden overnight. I am slowly working out the best way to beat them, Vinegar bowls, snail poison sprinkled inside the garden walls. I have even heard of people using car batteries with an electric current.

happy to meet up and discuss strategies for next growing season
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

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Are you from the UK? If so the best place to visit to learn about natural pest control, composting, organic growing, etc, is Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry - a fabulous practical research place that runs excellent courses and that you can visit.

See

www.gardenorganic.org.uk

for loads of info, tips, and detail.
Nope I'm not from the UK. But the program there sounds really great. Very Jamie Oliver-esque... growing and discovering foods in their whole form, then cooking them.
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We have our own vegetable garden and yes this is great idea. Your timing is bit early since you wont be growing much now until April.

I have actually been growing certain things for a couple of seasons already now so I have a few tips or more related to what works and doesn't work. Something else to consider is that as vegetables are generally quite cheap its not likely to save lots of money but it is rather rewarding.

What works well: Carrots, zuccinni, spinach, strawberries, rasberries, lettuce.
What is difficult: Tomatoes are hard to beat the fruit flies

The biggest danger are the elephant sized slugs that can destroy your wonderful garden overnight. I am slowly working out the best way to beat them, Vinegar bowls, snail poison sprinkled inside the garden walls. I have even heard of people using car batteries with an electric current.

happy to meet up and discuss strategies for next growing season
Hey a fellow Winterthurer! Yeah it would be great to meet up sometime when you are doing some planting again. I'll PM you my contact info. I could help you out with some gardening work while learning some tricks. I'm mainly interested in planting collard greens (e.g. kale) and spinach as they are quite expensive in bulk. And yes berries sound lovely too.

For the slugs, I read somewhere that you could try putting a sand barrier around your garden perimeter as they do not like to cross it. That is, if you've gotten rid of the ones inside your garden first... Oh just got a tip from the hubby, to put a barrier up and line it with aluminum foil. They can't climb over it apparently.

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The biggest danger are the elephant sized slugs that can destroy your wonderful garden overnight.
I've tried just about every folk remedy in the book - from beer to caffein to copper barriers to encouraging hedgehogs. Nothing can withstand the slug invasion. When Armageddon comes, Swiss slugs will be the last lifeform left standing. Or crawling.

The only solution that works for me is to put the tender slug-grub plants in pots. For instance, I have 'decorative' lettuces growing on my window boxes. A mix of red and green, various textures, can make a pretty pot. I'm going to experiment with more veggies in pots this year, and leave the plot to my tomatoes and zuchinni.

My garden is not very big, but I grow a fair amount nonetheless - fruits, veg, herbs. Turning walls into terraces, trailing along fences, trellising, balcony pots - you can grow more than you think without a large plot. Sometimes you just have to get creative.

Happy gardening!
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

I've tried but I'm quite terrible at it. The only things I get from my garden are the things that have been established by the previous owner:
Rasberries, rhubarb & chives.

I've also planted laurel & rosemary bushes which really I think would take a hurricane to kill those.
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

We grew our own garden for the first time this year.It mostly went well but I had a terrible time with pests. My neighbours and fellow ERers, however did suggest "Schmierseife" and water to spray on infested plants...now it is winter and I brought my potted plants away from the frost and have purchased a very affordable A.Vogel Keimglas starter pack http://www.avogel.de/shop/produkte/keimglas.php to grow my own sprouts for salads.It even comes with packs of seeds. I am very happy with this purchase! Producing your own food is an amazing feeling... Good luck
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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

Hello! A fellow english speaking gardener !!! I am from UK and I MISS my garden ! I just applied for an allotment in Waldegg ( Mattenbach) in Winterthur, but unfortunately they were all taken. Do you know of any other allotments in the area ? Where is your allotment ? We haven' been in Winterthur for very long and don't know the area well. We live in Seen and would appreciate if you know of a website or where we might get a list of allotments in Winterthur. OH and PS; If you need any help with your plants, let me know. If I can get an allotment, then maybe we could exchange some plant cuttings etc.
Cathryn

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Re: Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables

My sister in law lives in Seen and my husband and I will too from June onwards. Too bad that the allotment you wanted is not available. Perhaps try again in Autumn/Winter as it is the low planting season and more allotments might be available. I haven't yet applied for one, but I would love to share an allotment with someone.

Did you also try for allotments on Eisweiherstrasse which is just nearby Waldeggstrasse? Other Püntens near-ish to your area in Winterthur are on Hulfteggstrasse, Breiteholzstrasse and Jonas Furrer-Strasse. But I think the closer it is to where you live, the better of course. Who did you contact btw? Some useful organisations:

Winterthur Amt für Städtebau
Winterthur-Breite-Vogelsang Pünten Verein
Winterthur-Töss Pünten Verein
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