1. BANANA_SLAMMER

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    I've been planting lots of fruit trees and herbs lately. Home grown food - if grown properly - tastes way better than anything from the supermarket. Especially Peaches, apples and tomatoes. Having fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano in the garden is very convenient and adds some nice flavour to meat.
     
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  2. Azerus_Kun

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    i've tried growing cherry tomatos a couple times, they always either dont grow because i planted them too early, or die out before giving cherry tomatos because i planted them too late
     
  3. The Real Jdbye

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    Nah. Don't have much room, summer here is short and I'm too lazy/forgetful that I probably wouldn't water them for too long and they'd die. Would like to grow some herbs and birds eye chili, since herbs and chili are things I always use in cooking and they don't require that much room. Maybe I'll do that sometime.
    I hope you are growing heirloom tomatoes. I've not had the chance to try some but from what people have said they are juicier and more flavorful than regular GMO tomatoes. Plus, they look cool.
     
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    My wife and I live in an apartment, so we don't have a lot of space to grow our own food. We do grow most of our own spices though since those don't need much space.
     
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    My parents do, and one of my older brothers tried his best before moving out. He even paid me to weed his garden at $17 an hour, which is how I got a lot of the money I used to buy a PS3 Slim in 2011! :)
     
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    We grow jalapeno, zucchini, marijuana, baby tomato’s, mint, basil, and rosemary. We also have chickens, so we regularly get eggs and if they stop, we have chickens. :)
     
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    Some. This year was some potatoes, various squashes, pumpkins, courgettes (zucchini), radishes, tomatoes (though not for me), beetroot, spring onions, some lettuce and some other things. Plenty of others do other things as well so we usually trade those.

    There are also endless fruit trees and bushes around here to give me cherries, apples, greengages, pears, plums, bullaces, quinces, walnuts, some grapes (granted that is a vine), blackberries (not great this year)... that very few people seem to want/pick.
    As it stands I am quite sick of preparing and preserving various apples and plums but have many more to grab, have not even really bothered with crab apples this year either and just gone for eating and cooking varieties.

    Have always had a herb garden too wherever I have been, though sometimes it is a window box.
     
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    I don't have the space to do it, if I had it I would... not sure if taste would be better, but I think it would be a good relaxing hobby and would give me an excuse to hack some automation here and there... yeah, that would be fun.

    PS: I wouldn't do chickens though, or probably any farm animal. We had chickens back at my parents home when I was a kid, and IMHO they are a hindrance and too dirty. Not a relaxing hobby.
     
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    That depends more on the type of chicken and how much you have to play with.
    Get some giant ones and yeah they will dig and scratch and fight.
    Get a few bantams and they will be less inclined to dig and scratch, not to mention their eggs can be quite a bit more tasty. Just have to worry about foxes and neighbourhood cats.
     
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    I wanna grow my own food, but I can't find wonton seeds.
    Seriously though, if I had my own land I'd be growing my own food.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking, roughly where in the UK do you live? Almost everything I want grows in your area.
     
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    I live with my girlfriend in a flat so we don't have much space for growing food. Thankfully my balcony is pretty big.Right now we have: tomato's, baby tomato's, basil, oregano, mint, arugula and chives.They smell and taste much better than in our local stores.
     
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  13. JuanMena

    JuanMena Obviamente no me importa lo que tú pienses
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    I used to grow my own herbs and spices, but my asshole neighbors would throw cigar ashes at my pots.
     
  14. FAST6191

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    I have done most of the UK at most points during the year, and what I have not I have seen the weather for and during the not harvesting months. Does not matter really. Seaside you might get some more samphire (though at the same time one of my favourite walnut trees is not far from a spot I might get that in, and fruit trees are equally plentiful if you got vaguely inland) and go further north and start doing Scotland and you get some wild raspberries (they are rare as anything down south). Plums/bullaces and greengages take a bit of searching in general, and quinces something quite rare indeed (though there are wild varieties some might mistake for crab apples). More rural does better than dense urban but I have found stuff even in casual walking distance of City of London (as in the little bit in the middle near a lot of the tourist stuff), and older towns usually have quite a bit if you go looking (though it has been long enough since the post war town building bit that there is even a fair bit in "garden cities", just not so much of the really fun heritage stuff randomly growing on the edge of a field).

    https://footpathmaps.com/
    https://www.rowmaps.com/
    Walk the fields and the older parts of any given location and you will find things. Tracks between villages and churches or schools (the grab a plum, eat it and chuck the stone 60m later might well have resulted in a line of plum trees, same for apples) are a good start. Can find even more if you go off the beaten track, or indeed actually stay on the track if the track is a road without a path (other week I had enough apples in my bag from the side of a local rat run road sort of near but not on a footpath that my shoulder was tired when I got back). Last night I came back with several bags of small pears from a fairly new (90s for most of it) estate in a small town.
    If you want to ask people (box for you, box for me or something) if you see something in their garden then that also does many things for people (I have even been in places where someone had a magnificent herb garden, as in several types of mint for different occasions, and did not pick their fruit or did not want to climb a ladder to get it).

    If you want to get better still (I did not mention elderberries, rosehips, sloes/blackthorn, if you are really fancy/bored hawthorn jelly is a thing, black and red currants, hazelnuts are a thing but squirrels usually get them, didn't touch on greens that all the rural kids would used to have known, wild garlic, nettles (nettle soup is wonderful), mushrooms are a thing if you want to take the time to get to know them*) then there is also that.

    *don't get me wrong there are maybe 3 people I have ever met that I properly trust to pick mushrooms for me and know them. At the same time the edible ones are usually fairly obvious and while many will also have look a likes that at first glance might seem very similar then they do have telltale other signs. Or if you prefer the main taboo against eating them was because they used to been as reserved for the priestly class.

    You have to occasionally adjust your tastes (granted I actually find supermarket apples too sweet these days), and adjust your prep (smaller things are harder to peel** and may have had insects get to them so prep accordingly). You might also end up with a glut of things so end up having to preserve them (my freezer right now has more apple sauce, juice, puree than I am likely to use in the next year, and that is not counting chutneys and pickled things).

    **get a conical sieve, leave the skins on and adjust the recipe. Hopefully you already have a maslin pan. You are welcome.
     
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  15. azoreseuropa

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    What you said is true!

    I was surprised that Peaches, and tomatoes tastes better than supermarket. And Why ? An organics!

    Many supermarket sell an organics but do I believe them ? Thats something we need to think twice. Grow food at home is safe, fun, and enjoyable!
     
  16. BANANA_SLAMMER

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    I doubt growing food organically makes it taste nicer. I've had some tasteless organic fruit in my time. Homegrown fruit is naturally ripened on the vine/tree. Storebought fruit is picked green and stored in cold rooms filled with nitrogen for a few months then ripened with ethene gas.
     
  17. azoreseuropa

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    LOL! I don't know what you did. I don't buy them from super markets that came with pesticides or anything like hat and organics either. I buy them from local farm (sometimes I am nervous about farm things too. Well) and grow food at home.
     
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