Can there be killer snails in a GrowCamp?+
One of the reasons GrowCamp exists is snail hell. We have tried to create an opportunity to grow vegetables where neither snails, insects, deer or rain and debris destroy the crops.
For a killer snail, there are many obstacles that must be overcome if it is to occupy a GrowCamp. First, it must climb up a plastic plate where it is exposed to danger. Then it must find a hole where the velcro in the net cover does not close completely tightly. It can not if it is large. Then it must survive in the bed, which after all is relatively easy to see - therefore it is easy to find. If nothing else, it is at least easy to sprinkle a little Ferramol on the edge of the bed (snail venom, which is approved for organic farming). And snails usually do not survive.
You can also put a 5 cm strip of copper tape around the GrowCamp. Snails get a kind of shock when they touch the copper. It does not provide 100% security - but it does help. We have tried to lock snails inside an area where there was copper tape all around. It takes many hours before the snails force the copper band. They only do it when they get hungry enough. Copper tape can be purchased here.
We have also made a myriad of experiments with snail fences in all sorts of designs. No one has kept the snails out. Therefore, there are no snail fences on a Growcamp.
Unfortunately, there is no immediate thing that can keep snails away with 100% certainty.
What can you grow in a GrowCamp - how and when?+
We have prepared a form, which shows general guidelines for what you, among other things. can grow in your GrowCamp, when it can be sown or planted, and when it can be harvested. Click here!
You can also see an example of what and when you can sow, plant and harvest throughout the year in a GrowCamp of 120 x 120 cm. The example is divided into three times of the year: Click here!
Deciding what to sow and plant is almost the most difficult part of growing vegetables in a GrowCamp. There are so many options. Click here to see three schematic examples of interior design.
GrowCamp with superstructure is designed to withstand almost all types of weather.
The ropes, which are attached between the superstructure and the bed, hold the superstructure in place and the ground in the bed ensures that it remains standing. Over time, the plastic parts will become brighter from the sunlight, even though the material is UV-protected.
The plastic cover can withstand frost up to 18 degrees. You must make sure that it is stuck in stormy weather, otherwise wind gusts may. destroy the bed. We recommend removing both plastic cover and nets in winter. It extends the life of the tent part significantly.
The adhesion to the velco decreases with age, but should last for at least 4-5 years. Spare parts can be bought here at the shop.
The plastic cover is soft and pliable in high temperatures, but stiff and harder to handle in cold weather. It can be washed with water with a little brown soap, then it will be almost like new.
What about fertilizer?+
It is difficult to give general advice on fertilizer as it depends on what vegetables one is growing.
If there is fertilizer in the soil you fill in the bed when you start, most vegetables can survive the first year. However, it is recommended to add extra fertilizer in the summer if you want to be sure of a good yield. Next year it is necessary to add fertilizer before sowing and during the season.
How much care should I count on?+
With a GrowCamp you avoid hard gardening. It basically only needs to be sown and harvested - watered and fertilized. The biggest task is actually to make sure that the plants do not take over!
It quickly becomes cramped if you follow our sowing instructions. It is intended that you should harvest continuously - even while the plants are quite small. That way you get thinned out. If you can not keep up, or if some of the plants take up too much space, you have to work hard and cut away leaf growth or clear out completely. Eg. parsnips do very well, even if you cut off half of the leaf growth.
You can buy nets in galvanized iron, which can be set up between the different crops. The nets can ensure that the vigorous plants do not take up all the space. The nets can of course also be used for bracing e.g. peas. See more here!
How and when is the plastic cover used?+
As long as there is a risk of night frost, remember that the plastic cover must be closed tightly at night. If it gets very cold, you can raise the temperature a few degrees by turning on some block lights inside the GrowCamp.
When the sun gets power, be careful not to get too hot. Rather remove the plastic cover completely if you do not have time to open every time it gets too hot. If the heat is too high, there will be too much leaf growth and few or small vegetables. It is said that most plants thrive best at the same temperature as humans - perhaps a little warmer.
Also remember that it is important to get good ventilation. Failure to do so will put you at risk of fungal diseases and moss on the ground.
What is germination?+
Germination is when seeds are sown in small pots or trays, where they germinate and grow to a suitable size. Then they are planted out on the growing site, where they remain until harvest. Some people choose to repot several times during the process, but it is not necessary for the plants.
When sowing in small pots and providing light, adequate heat and soil moisture, the seeds germinate evenly. The fact that the pots can be moved makes it easier to create an optimal environment.
GrowCamp's plant trays can help to increase capacity and thus production significantly. In addition, it is possible to start early indoors in an easy way. Read more about plant trays here.
If you make sure to germinate, you constantly have new small plants ready as soon as there is free space in the raised beds. Many sow lettuce and peas every 14 days until August. When you germinate and make optimal use of the space, it is possible to get almost twice as many teams of vegetables each season.
More vegetables, e.g. lettuce, onions, leeks, spinach and peas can be sown indoors as early as February.
The seeds germinate willingly and the plants develop quickly and vigorously if you use artificial light. When using LED bulbs, the cost of power is very modest.
Lettuce, onions, peas, spinach and several other vegetables can be planted in GrowCamp's covered raised beds as soon as the danger of heavy night frosts is over. With light night frost, the temperature can be raised a few degrees in the bed if you use candles at night. This means that you can have a salad already at the end of March if the winter does not drag on.
Germination does not only take place in early spring. You can with great advantage germinate all the way to late autumn.
How much and what land should you use?+
Land volume per 120 x 120 cm bed: 50 cm in height: 0.65 m3 = 650 liters = approximately 13 bags with 50 liters (depending on consistency). 30 cm in height: 0.36 m3 = 360 liters = approximately 7-8 bags with 50 liters
Land volume per 120 x 120 cm bed with self-watering: 200 liters = about 4 bags with 50 liters.
The bed should be filled almost completely with soil. When the ground has settled, there will be approx. 5 cm to the edge, which is ideal.
As an alternative to filling the bed completely with soil, you can use soil trays. See more.
You can use ordinary, preferably clay garden soil at the bottom of the bed or in the soil hill. The heavy soil will hold the water well, and at the same time it is a cheap solution. At the top you can use purchased land. The cheap plant bags that you can buy on offer in the DIY stores work well. The purchase soil is easy to work with and gives the crops the best conditions.
If you want to be sure to avoid weeds and pests from your own garden soil, you must use purchased soil for the entire bed. This also prevents the sides of the bed from bulging slightly in the middle due to the pressure from the heavy soil.
You can watch videos about what land Champost pays to use and examples of how to cultivate here:
Watch video 1 here
Watch video 2 here
Where to place a GrowCamp?+
GrowCamp can be placed almost anywhere: on grass, on tiles or directly on the ground. The smaller beds are available with bottom. Thus, they can be placed on balconies and terraces where you do not want the ground to come in contact with the substrate.
If the terrain slopes, you can dig the bed into the ground so that it will stand horizontally.
Wind conditions are not crucial, as you can shield the plants from the wind with plastic cover. On the other hand, emphasis should be placed on placing the bed where there is as much sun and light as possible.
If it fits into the design of the garden, it can be beneficial to place the GrowCamp so that the gables face east / west. In this way, the sides with net cover will be facing south and protect the plants from strong sunlight.
If you have several beds, the ideal distance is 100 -120 cm. You can settle for as little as 60 cm between the beds.
How long does it take to assemble a GrowCamp?+
GrowCamp raised bed made of plastic with superstructure can be assembled by anyone. It takes between 1 and 2 hours if you follow that instruction carefully. The only tool you will need is a rubber mallet. Click here and see an example of installation instructions.
Plastic raised beds without superstructure are assembled in less than 10 minutes. Click here and see an example of installation instructions.
It takes a little longer to assemble GrowCamps and raised beds with a wooden frame. It may be necessary to drill the joint holes because the wood expands / dries in relation to heat and humidity. Click here and see an example of installation instructions.
Which GrowCamp should I choose?+
When you want to grow vegetables that you want to protect against pests, choose a GrowCamp raised bed with a cover. Then you also have the opportunity to have a greenhouse environment.
You need to decide how many sections you need to have.
In a single section of 120 cm there is room for herbs, a little salad and e.g. radishes.
If you choose 2 or 3 sections - ie a bed of 240 or 360 cm in length, you can have both herbs, lettuce, peas and e.g. radishes, carrots and pores.
In case you want to be self-sufficient in vegetables, you need to have more GrowCamps. "Self-sufficiency" is a broad concept, as it is different how many vegetables we eat. As an average consideration, it can be said that 6-8 beds of 360 cm will be able to supply 4 people with vegetables 8-10 months a year. It requires that you remember to sow and plant regularly, and that you water and fertilize regularly.
If you want both early tomatoes and chili, which require heat and at the same time have outdoor vegetables such as peas, pores and radishes, you can advantageously choose to buy two beds. In one bed you can keep a high temperature and in the other a little cooler. If outdoor vegetables get too hot, they run into sticks or get too strong leaf growth.
If you have limited space, or if you would like vegetables and herbs at your fingertips on the patio, you can choose the GrowCamp wall bed. The tall model is particularly suitable for tomatoes and cucumbers.
GrowCamp also has a series of raised beds and planters without a superstructure. They are suitable for crops which are not normally attacked by pests or which take up a lot of space e.g. corn, squash, beans and potatoes. The raised beds are available in many sizes and can e.g. also used in the greenhouse.
You can also get GrowCamp with a bottom in. They are available in several sizes and are suitable for terraces and balconies. Legs and wheels are available as an option.
Cultivation for beginners+
If you are new to cultivation, you will find lots of garden tips and knowledge here on the website.
See e.g. our garden encyclopedia, where we describe how to grow more than 40 different vegetables
Or follow how to grow in GrowCamp's beginner bed, which was established on Good Friday 2018
See also the MINI kitchen garden, how self-sufficient Peter Norris cultivates intensively in 4 small beds