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Can I delay my pea pods by cutting the flowers?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 14:52

I'm not sure, if you pick the peas the plant will flower again and make more flowers and peas, and flower growers remove dead heads to encourage continued flowering through the season, I'm just not sure how the pea plants will react if you cut off good flowers ahead of their time. I would presume they will consider it stressful and flower again but I really am not sure about that. Seems to take mine about month for the second batch of peas to be ready after picking the first batch..... assuming they were sown early enough to get 2 batches and I manage to avoid powdery mildew as the plants get crowded later in the season.....

Is this ragwort

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:59


What I was trying to say is that ragwort is not named as something that has to be controlled, simply that hazards have to be properly controlled - which as you say does not necessarily mean that ragwort needs to be removed.

Identify a bird?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:52

Twitchers are a particular type of ornitholgist (it's not just a generic nickname as so often portrayed in the press and on TV) - they are the ones that will travel hundreds of miles to crowd around for a chance to see an unusual visitor like that.

There are hundreds or thousands of ornitholigists in the UK that could give you a proper ID (I'm not, but I know some), and lots of very serious people who will want to verify it and make a proper record, at which point you may find like Jo47 you are suddenly inundated with people wanting to see it (twitchers).

Well spotted whatever it is!


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:39

I like to spread the sowing of peas to give more continuous harvest. There always seems to be a pause after harvesting the first round whilst the plants flower again, so I'm trying to get other plants to lag enough to fill the gap - although many people find that a 2 week delay as suggested on packets doesn't work as the later ones catch up due to better weather....

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:34

Radishes and, er, different radishes.

I think everything is running a bit slow in the west of scotland this year, it has been cold and damp and stuff is taking forever to grow.

Thousands of flowers on the strawberries, but as yet no berries. peas are flowering, carrots still small, spinach - one might produce a couple of baby leaves now the others are but seedlings, early potatoes not flowering, but I do have more radishes nearly ready!

This year I will mainly be eating radishes!

Tomato, remove first truss if plant is still small?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:29

Piggy backing someone elses topic again - thanks Italophile, I had just noticed some of my still small plants have started developing flower trusses (actually I noticed last week but haven't had time to visit the forum, 3 are in flower now) and I was a bit unsure but was thinking they should be OK since they are now well established in grow bags with grow rings. I think I may just have let them dry out too much last week when the heatwave coincided with my being away up north all week.

The taller plants have yet to develop trusses, I guess they must have found a bit more water and continued producing greenery.

Potatoes - Only one is flowering

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:15

Thanks Lizzie, I had a similar question, none of mine have flowered but should all now be about due. I already asked my dad but he was a bit unsure. I'll have another rummage at the weekend and see if anything seems to have developed in the bags - it hadn't a couple of weeks ago when I checked the Arran Pilots.

I was starting to worry about the wind damaging the foliage, why is it still so windy, will it ever end?

Is this ragwort

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 12:53

I beleive animal husbandry legislation requires owners of livestock to ensure that there hazards of which ragwort could be considered one are controlled on their own land, but there is nothing to require neighbouring landowners to control it, although it is generally accepted that it is good practise to.

Having pulled ragwort as part of a summer job (used to use some land adjacent to a stables and it was part of the agreement they hadwith my employer) personally I pull any I see in the garden.

Need to be a bit careful pulling ragwort in the wild as some species are protected.

Looking up Hostafans suggestion - you might not want it as a plant even though it's not ragwort:

Missing Bees

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 13:26

Saw some bumble bees maybe a month ago here in Scotland - before there were any flowers out (at least, any flowers any places I visited, I'm sure there would have been some out somewhere).

I'm sure the cold and windy weather has probably driven them back to their nests and hives for now - presumably that means feeding off their reserves instead of flowers, does this mean they will be low on reserves this year and through the next winter?

Magpies attacking blackbird and nest

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 13:18

I have the opposite - magpies nesting in a tree in my garden and aggressively going for anything else that innocently flies anywhere near. I mean - do they really think goldfinches are going to eat a magpie chick? They have probably had their hands (wings?) full chasing off gulls during this recent bad weather.... the gulls would take their chicks I'm sure.

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