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GrowCamp Frequently asked questions
1) The GrowCamp concept
The bed consists of a box with a height of 50 cm. The box has no base. The upper frame, which clicks on and locks, is 100 cm high. The total height is 150 cm.

The bed is delivered with one net cover set and one plastic cover set.

The basic section measures 120 x 120 cm. It can be extended by extra modules measuring 120 cm each. Please see diagram.
2) How big does you GrowCamp need to be?
You need to decide how many sections you want.

A single section measuring 120 cm is suitable for growing herbs, some lettuce and, for example, radishes.

If you have space for it, we recommend buying two sections, i.e. a bed with a total length of 240 cm. This way you can grow herbs, lettuce, peas and, for example, radishes, carrots and leeks.

If you would like both early tomatoes and chillies, which require warmth, and vegetables such as peas, leeks and radishes, we recommend that you buy two beds. That way you can maintain a high temperature in one while the other is kept slightly cooler. If vegetables are grown in temperatures that are too high they tend to bolt or grow excessive leaf growth.

If you wish to be self-sufficient when it comes to vegetables, you need to have several GrowCamps. “Self-sufficient” is a broad concept, as well all eat varying amounts of vegetables. On average, six to eight beds will supply four people with vegetables six to eight months out of the year. This requires that you sow and plant on an ongoing basis and water and fertilise regularly.

See approximate total length and width.
3) Buying
GrowCamp can be bought from the following retailers.

The GrowCamp is delivered in boxes measuring: basic module 115 x 59 x 18.5 cm, weight 32.5 kilos, extension module 115 x 59 x 10.5 cm, weight 20.8 kilos.

If you buy your GrowCamp online it will be delivered to your home for a small charge.
4) Assembly
Anyone can assemble a GrowCamp. Following the accompanying instructions carefully, it should take one to two hours. The only tool you need is a rubber hammer.
5) Location
The GrowCamp can be placed almost anywhere. For further information.
6) Soil
Soil volume per 120 x 120 cm bed: 0.65 m3 = 650 litres = approx. 13 bags containing 50 litres each (depending on consistency). You should fill up the bed almost to the top. Once the soil has settled it should be 5 cm from the top edge of the bed.

Alternatively, instead of filling the entire bed with soil, you can use soil trays with just 50 litres of soil. Read more.

We recommend using commercial soil, or possibly free compost from recycling centres.

Cheap sacks of soil available from DIY stores work just fine.

Heavy, clay-based soil can make the sides of the GrowCamp bulge outwards in the middle. This is not harmful, but can be unattractive.

Commercial soil or compost has the advantage of being free from disease, weeds and pests. It is also easier to work with, and the only tool that you need is your hands.
7) Sowing
Our website contains plenty of information about:

Sowing and harvesting times.
Spacing between seeds and plants.
Plants for seeding.

When sowing and planting you should take into account the size that the plants will grow to before being harvested. Our recommendations are based on harvesting, i.e. thinning out, on an ongoing basis.
8) Seedlings
GrowCamp’s planting trays can help increase capacity, and thereby crop yields, significantly. They also make it easy to start growing indoors early on in the year.
9) Plastic cover
While there is a risk of night frost you must remember to roll down the plastic cover over night. In the event of very cold weather you can raise the temperature a couple of degrees by lighting a couple of block candles inside the GrowCamp.

When the sun begins to shine, on the other hand, ensure that it does not become too hot. If you do not have time to roll the plastic cover up every time it gets hot, it is better to remove it completely. Too high temperatures result in excessive leaf growth and few or small vegetables. Generally, most plants are the happiest at the same temperature as humans, perhaps a little warmer.

Remember that it is important to ensure sufficient ventilation. Without ventilation you run the risk of fungus or moss growing on the soil. For further information.

See which plants need to be covered, when and how, here.

Further tips can be found here.
10) Caring for your plants
GrowCamp takes away the need for heavy gardening work. All you need to do is sow and harvest, water and fertilise. The biggest task is ensuring the plants do not run amok!

You will soon run out of space if you follow our sowing guidelines. The idea is that you should harvest on an ongoing basis, including when the plants are very tender. This makes growth in the bed less dense. If you cannot keep up, or if some plants spread out too much, you must cut away leaves or uproot plants altogether. Parsnip, for example, manages just fine with half the leaves cut off.

As of early summer 2011, you will be able to buy galvanised wire nets that can be used to separate various vegetables. The nets can help ensure that large plants do not take over the entire bed. They can of course also be used to support for examples peas.
11) Watering
No plant can grow without water. The GrowCamp must NOT become too dry. The surface soil in the bed is higher than its surroundings, meaning that it will dry out more quickly. Many beginners fail to realise how much water is actually needed!

Do not feel bad about using a lot of water. The vegetables that you buy in the supermarket have certainly consumed more resources than the ones that you grow yourself in your own garden.

Remember to water along the edges of the bed.
12) Fertilising
It is difficult to give general advice on fertilising as it depends on what vegetables are being grown. If the soil that you use to fill the bed already contains fertiliser, most vegetables can go a year without needing any further fertilisation. However, we do recommend fertilising in the summer to ensure a good crop. In the following year you should fertilise prior to sowing and throughout the season.
13) GrowCamp maintenance
The GrowCamp itself requires no particular maintenance. It can withstand both stormy and wintry weather. Read more

The plastic cover is frost-proof down to -18 °C. In stormy weather, ensure that the cover is attached properly to avoid winds destroying the bed.
The plastic cover can be cleaned using water and a little natural soap for outdoor use. You could remove the plastic cover and net during winter if you like, but this is not necessary.