For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Nov 30

Your Questions About Gardening

Maria asks…

What’s “greener”: Growing your own vegetables or buying locally farmed seasonal vegetables?

I’m keen on reducing the impact I have on the world. Yet it’s hard to know what’s best. I mean, you could look at growing your own vegetables… Say runner beans, or you could go to the local shop and buy locally farmed runner beans which could in theory be greener.

Say you grow enough runner beans to last a whole winters worth of roast dinners*.
Also you buy enough runner beans to last a whole winters worth of roast dinners*.

*a roast, every sunday where runner beans make up a portion.

In my heart I believed growing my own would be greenest, but my head says buying would… since if you produce something en masse in theory it could be more efficient. (i.e. you water a couple of square meters of runner beans compared to a couple of hectares of runner beans you’ll probably use more water per bean on the former)
Hi, Please exclude my single example of the different amounts of water used. I wish to include machinery emissions involved in harvesting, transportation emmisions, assuming loose runner beans not the evil plastic wrapped crap, and so on. Any factor that contributes towards it being less green. ‘Green’ is not carbon, it is not water, it is not chemicals, it is many things:)
Hi, Thanks for all the answers. I have been trying to grow some of my own herbs and vegetables with varying success. It is also on my list of things to do to plant native plants, trees and so on. I want to try to reduce my negative affects of the earth and it’s inhabitants (yet, I do want to live!) and I want to do more positive things for other nature (like encourage insects to native plants encouraging birds!)

GardenersCardiff answers:

When i come across such “petty green things/initiatives”(no offense),i think of those people who modify their cars and do drift sports is such a waste of fuel and resources in itself but on top of it people are engaged in drift racing ! ? This makes m sad and i come to the conclusion that torturing yourself to be green helps these people to waste some more precious resource and be just opposite to GREEN.Think of it tell whoever you meet forget about such silly things.BUY from LOCAL FARMS.

Sharon asks…

How often should I water my vegetable seeds?

I’ve just bought a starter kit to grow my own vegetable patch and I’m unsure as to how often I should water the seeds. In the kit there are 5 small pots with compost and 5 packets of seeds (pumpkin, tomato, spring onion, cucumber and carrot). The instruction booklet tells me how to plant the seeds but has no instructions on how often they need watering or feeding.

I’m a complete novice at this sort of thing and any advice would be much appreciated. It would be great to be able to eat fresh vegetables that I have grown myself!!

GardenersCardiff answers:

You have a huge variety of plants there!! They will all need different amounts of water once they germinate…until then just keep the soil moist but not soaking. Once they germinate, you will find the pumpkin will grow very fast and probably need transplanting into a bigger pot. The cucumber will also grow pretty fast and need transplanting. You didn’t specify the pot size, but a pumpkin should go into a 4″ pot, and the cucumber into a 2-4″ pot….one plant per pot. The cuke and pumpkin will be ready to transplant into the garden much sooner than the tomato(slower grower) Carrots are usually direct seeded into the garden, not started in pots. I suggest you just go buy a pack of seeds and wait and plant them later in the garden. Good luck!

David asks…

I want to start a vegetable garden in my yard. Any suggestions?

I live in Maryland. I was wondering what vegetables would be ideal to grow in my area? I guess, to be more specific, are there any vegetables that I can plant in August and will be ready to harvest in the fall?

I am not sure how green my thumb is but I certainly would love to at least try to grow my own vegetables. I am just unsure of what vegetables are ideal for each particular season.

GardenersCardiff answers:

You can get in a nice harvest of peas, bush beans, radishes, turnips, salad greens, basil, cilantro, and if you can still find some broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage plants, you can get a small-to-decent harvest of those.

Now, get off the computer and start planting! Time’s a wastin’ girl!

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