Update on our Dig In planting!

home-grown-vegetablesA few weeks ago I talked about the BBC Dig In Campaign where anyone could apply for free seeds.

Our seeds arrived and we had some tomatoes (Mr green’s favourite) , beetroot (Mrs Green’s favourite), squash, lettuce (Little Miss Green’s favourite) and carrots. They were all easy to grow varieties such as gardener’s delight tomatoes and early nantes carrots.

As the campaign is all about getting people who have never grown before, or those with limited space and time to grow their own food I decided to follow the instructions that came with the seeds to the letter and I’ll keep reporting back on what we find.

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The emphasis of the campaign is that you don’t need an allotment, so many of these crops can be grown in pots. Although I wouldn’t necessarily suggest trying to contain a squash in a pot. It’ll be a bit of a squash LOL!

On the dining table, in small pots I’m nursing the tomatoes and squash. Outdoors in pots I have the beetroot and growing direct in containers I have the carrots and lettuces. All of this is following the directions sent from the BBC Dig in scheme.

Carrots and clay

[amazon-product small=”1″]1405316829[/amazon-product]I’m most excited about the carrots because we’ve never been able to grow them at Chez Green. I have tried everything I can think of, but our clay soil just won’t playing ball.

For this growing experiment I have a large planter that Mr green made with offcuts of wood. In it I have one third old compost, one third fresh compost and one third sand. I’ve planted the seeds thinly and we’ll see how we get on. Just think; fresh carrots in three months time!

Not too late to plant

It’s never too late to plant; so why not get some seeds and give it a go? The seeds from the Dig In campaign have all gone now, but perhaps a neighbour or friend has some they might be wanting to get rid of; or just go to the garden centre and treat yourself to a couple of packets. You can even get tumbling tomatoes to grow in a hanging basket, so you don’t need a lot of space or time.

What about you? What are you growing this year and how are you getting on?


  1. Neil on May 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Hope you crack it with the carrots, you should get something out of the carrot box you are making. Good luck.

  2. Mrs Green on May 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you Neil! I’m really looking forward to it and hope to harvest at least one carrot! The photographs on your blog are beautiful – food for the soul 🙂