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Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:53

Glad you are pleased with the fence.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:52

Lucky you Dove, have they helped get rid of the slugs?

WW, I sow parsnips fairly thickly in a row and usually enough come up for me to have to thin them out a bit, but this spring the carrots are up but no parsnips.

victorian garden/cottage garden

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:47

Good luck Dennis, glad it helped. Would be lovely to see a photo one day.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:15

I'm knackered, more weeding and planting in the flower garden (it's over an acre, 8 beds, one about 20 metres long), planted out runner beans, French beans, resowed parsnips (wonder if it will work this time), sowed more peas. Did a load of washing, means ironing tonight or tomorrow, about to cook salmon, leeks and potatoes.

Will this work for a new part lawn?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:09

If the front beds are lower than the lawn then of course you will need some topsoil to even it out. Could you leave the camellia and the hydrangea so it won't be so dull? Seeding is cheaper. It's up to you.

But I think I still don't really understand. How can you spend 4 - 5 hours a day on a front garden that is 15 foot by 12 foot? I spend that and I have over an acre and the veg garden is 25 metres by 10 metres. However, it's not pristine but it is pretty.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:38

I planted out the runner beans and sowed more peas this morning.

What is this plant

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:36

They are perennial wall flowers, only live a few years so best to take cuttings, Erysimum, Bowles Mauve, as Nutcutlet says. The other wallflowers used for bedding are biennuals, cheiranthus cheiri, but it's all the same family, brassicas.

Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:27

I always cut the tops off my raspberry canes.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:24

I've grown sweet peas and runner beans, just as you said, but I always grow 2 beans per cane. The sweet peas don't do that well here, South West France, so I put them on the shadier side because it can be too hot for them in summer. Now I just do beans, but it used to work as you said when I lived in England. I put rotted manure in the bottom. It doesn't have to be homemade compost, you can buy a bag of something water retaining and soil improving like compost or rotted manure. You can do a 9 pole wigwam, I had a neighbour who used to do a 12 pole one, it depends how much room you have.

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:16

I was looking at syringas too and found Josikaea and Josiflexa, but they weren't quite right. I think you've got it Silver surfer - Syringa persica. Most of the daphnes aren't really deciduous and have tougher glossier leaves.

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