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Post  Danni on 3/8/2012, 6:54 am

Hello all! My name is Danni. I am from Michigan but live here in Poland with my Polish husband and two kids ages 4 and 6. They are excited to garden this year. I am too but it is my first real garden on my own. I grew up gardening with my mom but that was a long time ago.

I bought Mel's book this last summer when I was stateside and have been trying to read and plan the best I can. But it has been a bit hard because all seed packs are in Polish (I speak fairly well but this is a bit out of my level) and things like vermiculite is very hard to find here.

I will do my best to search the forum before asking a question but I still may have some pretty basic question for you, so I ask for patience!

I will have two 4x6 beds and a small 2x2. We are repurposing our kids sandbox wood. I bought 4 different tomato packs (planning to container these), two cucumbers (one pickling, one fresh eating), spinach, two kinds of radishes, beets, wax beans, carrots, and two kinds of lettuce. I plan to add some herbs, basil, cilantro and mint but I am still considering containers for them. And I am still thinking of adding flowers to the vegie beds. I do have nasturtiums and several other seed packs that the kids picked out for their flower beds!

I would appreciate any and all advice. Thanks for reading!
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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/8/2012, 7:13 am

Hi Danni and welcome to the Forum.

I used to live in Berlin and (of course) would cross over to Boleslawiec for my Polish pottery. I also have a friend in Worclaw (she & her husband have a church there).

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Post  plantoid on 3/9/2012, 6:31 pm

Hello Danni,

Welcome to the site.

Type or scan the seed packet info into a word doc and see if you can use a translator to read it or failing that show us a picture oon here and soome of us should be able to come up with a workable set of words for that crop.

You could also perhaps type up a list of crops you want and use the translator programme to change the list into Polish so you know what to look for if there are no glossy pictures on the packets.


Perhaps get hold of a book off Amazon UK , ebay UK etc . called " The Vegetable Expert " by Dr DG Hessayon.
My book is a first edition dated 1985 ,it's now several edtions on and covers some more upto date seed types.

It is an alphabetical listed crop book book with pictures , line diagrams , soil facts ,planting spaces, crop care, harvesting , in the kitchen use , variety types and troubles for each individula veg . There are also several places in it where you get a couple of pages of crop pests

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Post  quiltbea on 3/9/2012, 6:50 pm

It looks like you've been given good advice already, so just let me Welcome you to the Forum.

When Mel visits some other countries where they don't have peat moss and vermiculiite, he makes do with compost. Sometimes you just can't get the components as you want them. Just do your best and start gardening.
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Post  walshevak on 3/9/2012, 6:56 pm

Hi Danni and welcome.

Is pearlite more readily available in Poland. If so, it makes an acceptable substitute for vermiculite. Also coir, while not as good can be substituted for peat. Anyway, I hope you can collect the necessary ingredients for a successful MM, even if it is plain compost. Definately put the mint in a container. It is very invasive. But tomato like having basil nearby.

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/9/2012, 7:07 pm

Hi Danni and welcome to the forum! Do continue with your questions and comments. We are happy to help whenever and wherever possible.
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Post  Danni on 3/10/2012, 2:27 am

@plantoid wrote:Hello Danni,

Welcome to the site.

Type or scan the seed packet info into a word doc and see if you can use a translator to read it or failing that show us a picture oon here and soome of us should be able to come up with a workable set of words for that crop.

You could also perhaps type up a list of crops you want and use the translator programme to change the list into Polish so you know what to look for if there are no glossy pictures on the packets.


Perhaps get hold of a book off Amazon UK , ebay UK etc . called " The Vegetable Expert " by Dr DG Hessayon.
My book is a first edition dated 1985 ,it's now several edtions on and covers some more upto date seed types.

It is an alphabetical listed crop book book with pictures , line diagrams , soil facts ,planting spaces, crop care, harvesting , in the kitchen use , variety types and troubles for each individula veg . There are also several places in it where you get a couple of pages of crop pests

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I will look up that book and see if I can order it!! Thank you.

I did the word doc and Google translate!

I found the seed companies website and translated the seed descriptions and already printed it out! The only thing is that they don't seem to list if the tomato varieties are determinate or indeterminate or if things like beans are pole or vine. I have only one pack of yellow (wax) beans and still don't know which they are. I think Monday I will have my hubby go with me to the gardening store and we will ask! Thanks for the advice!
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Post  Danni on 3/10/2012, 2:35 am

@walshevak wrote:Hi Danni and welcome.

Is pearlite more readily available in Poland. If so, it makes an acceptable substitute for vermiculite. Also coir, while not as good can be substituted for peat. Anyway, I hope you can collect the necessary ingredients for a successful MM, even if it is plain compost. Definately put the mint in a container. It is very invasive. But tomato like having basil nearby.

Kay

My local gardening store has perlite, peat and coir. It is just vermiculit that is the issue. I can order it online. It is a 20L (about 5 gallon) container for about $7 but the shipping is another $7 and I just don't think that 20L will be enough. It is a pity that their company is all the way in the south. I think I may just make it easier on myself this first year and go with perlite.

Again thank for the warm welcome and the advice!
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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/10/2012, 8:19 am

Even in the States the package doesn't always tell you if it's det or indet or pole or bush for beans. That info you need to get on the catalog's web site. USUALLY you can tell by the height: dets are GENERALLY in the 3' range (under 100 cm) while the indets are USUALLY over 6' (200 cm). It think that the same info would GENERALLY work for most beans too.

LOL we all KNOW that these are generalities, but it might help.

IF you can find the name of the variety/cultivar, you should be able to Google the info. I had the same problems in Germany and just rolled with "SURPRISE"!

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