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What type of peas.

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:55

I grew hurst greenshaft last year, mine got much taller than the packet suggested so make the supports higher than you think they will need.

No problems with mice or slugs, I think I had one seed fail to show in an area a cat had been digging and I had to replant some of the seeds (not eaten just left on top). I had terrible cat troubles so ended up making chicken wire covers for my raised beds to protect things while they were small, whether that deterred mice or not I couldn't say, they could probably have dug under the beds.

I like firm sweetish garden type peas rather than marrowfat types and the hursts were perfect for me.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 16:49

Most of my plants come from Homebase, but I am quite picky about which of the reduced offerings I go for

I don't think I'd buy anything hidden in a box from there (or B&Q), but it's a good tip just in case I am in danger of doing it on a whim. I have picked up some of the boxes and read the labels - the planting dates were well past or way in the future so I left them...

Strangest thing I have come across is carrots - even if they will survive planting out surely there is an increased risk of attractng carrot root fly?

Daft really when there are some good garden centres not far away, but you go in for a packet of screws (because its saturday afternoon and the discount tool shop has closed already) and come out with plants too....

What's the best type of greenhouse

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 17:04

All this talk of drinking tea and listenting to the radio reminds me that my house has a conservatory which is carpeted as a sun room (I sometimes drink tea in it). It has dwarf walls, clear side glass (maybe polycarbonate) and tinted roof (I'm sure that is twin wall polycarbonate). Carpet aside, it likely to be useful for growing in or is the tinted roof going to be a problem?

I'm in Scotland so it's freezing in there now (even with the blinds drawn back) but it gets very hot in the summer.

There are certain issues, like where to move the stuff that is stored there - several kayaks and stuff out of the camper while I work on it, and the table for drinking tea at.... But it's not exactly being well utilised at present!

Raised Beds Cat Poop

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 16:25

I found last year that cats love to defecate in my raised bed, after searching all the forums it seemed that there were a couple of humane options for putting them off.

I tried scattering twigs (especially prickly ones) between the plants/rows because apparantly they don't like walking on twigs - I made pretty dense cover in the end and it seemed to work. Whilst it was empty I just covered it with chicken wire (I made little raised tops covered in chicken wire to protect my seedlings last year).

I'm building another bed now, soon ran out of space last year!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 15:27

Have had some of my late sown Autumn King carrots as babies, seem good raw but odd texture when cooked, seem to go sort of pithy? I thought maybe I had overcooked them so tried steaming with similar results. The heavy rain has battered the foliage down again, that can't help getting the rest to mature - stupid weather!

I have also managed to harvest a few pods of the Hurst Green Shaft peas which taste good, only problem is that they have slowed right down and don't really seem to be filling the pods. If I am patient and I guess lucky with the frost I think I am on the verge of a good crop so I will defintiely sow them again but much earlier!

The wind has really battered the peas there are stems bent, creased and twisted all over the place now, but they continue to grow strongly, keep flowering and making pods despite all the damage.

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 12:34

LilAmbar - you touch on a point I was thinking about, where else can the L.longbeachae bacteria be found. It seems that legionellae in general are fairly common and widespread so the fact that the strain identified in an illness is also found in compost that the patient had doesn't necessarily mean they got it from the compost. Maybe it was growing in a water butt the patient used to water their garden?

Interesting that the profession is starting to wonder if this strain might be able to be passed on in dry dust. I didn't realise how recently the first strains of legionella were identified, not a surprise really that there is still more to learn!


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 11:43

With very little knowledge at all I took a few back in august, dipped them in rooting hormone and put them in a pot of compost which I left in pretty much the sunniest spot of my garden for a few weeks.

Then I read about stripping all but the top 2 leaves and putting them in partial shade (did I mention I used stems with flowers on?) so removed a couple that had already died and stripped the others. After a few weeks 2 more had clearly faltered, but the last one is growing strongly and has put out new leaves, it looks good.

I'm not sure why you covered it with a plastic pot, I just put mine in area partially shaded by trees, and despite doing everything wrong 1 out of 5 has taken - I wonder if you are being too protective and just need to let your cuttings get some fresh air and filtered sunlight?

I have been meaning to take some more cuttings but have not found time - have I left it too late now?

Rat In The Compost Bin

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 10:05

One problem with poisoning is if they are actually living in your house and end up dying in some hidey-hole you have no chance of ever locating or getting to - the smell as they putrify is awful!

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:58

The HPA has more information on the 'aerosolisation' needed to transmit the disease:

It seems that to be small enough to cause infection the mist droplets actually evaporate to a form dry nucleus containing the bacteria, no mention that fine enough particles can be created entirely dry though, looks like there is always water involved.Of course you do need to water compost so I guess that must be the risk time?

Rat In The Compost Bin

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 22:49

Grass snakes are harmless and show that your garden must be pretty healthy if is is capable of sustaining enough prey to attract one. Also I guess they like compost because of the heat it generates, so it is also a sign that your compost heap is working properly.But mainly I think Welshonion probably just meant you are lucky to have seen one, although if you have a thing about snakes you might not agree....

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