In our greenhouse we use growbags and get better results with peppers, courgettes, cucumbers, and lots more tomatoes!
In 2006, the raspberries, blackberries and damsons have given us a large amount of fruit, nearly 10Kg from one damson tree alone! There will be plenty of home-made jams on the menu from now on.
2007 was an exceptional year for Crane Flies (Daddy Longlegs) which we haven't minded. Unfortunately, it was also an exceptional year for Cabbage White butterflies. While we were on holiday, a huge number of caterpillars had hatched. Cabbage and brocolli that had looked perfectly healthy two weeks earlier had turned into something that looked like it had been used for shotgun target practice! So growing fruit and veg free of pesticides has its pros and cons.
We're happy with our chickens being natural pest controllers, but caterpillars don't seem to be on their menu.
In 2010, we're improving our vegetable bed frames. Originally, we started with 6ft x 6ft frames, but that proved to be awkward for planting and weeding. We're changing them to 6ft x 3ft (which basically means, saw them in half and stick an extra side on) and these are easier to work with.