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Beware of

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 09:44

I totally agree with threads like this being started to expose these companies. Bad publicity is the only thing that will eradicate them.

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 09:11

Bev - I wouldn't look at it as something you have done wrong, more a case of the result of absolutely atrocious growing conditions....although I would recommend planting more like 15 cm (6 inches) apart minimum.


What a great series!

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 19:19

I like Nigel...shame about his dad!     

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 19:06

Oh dear, so many problems.

First of all let me say that this year has been a very trying time for all gardeners, especially in terms of wet weather, pests & diseases and sadly some of your problems could have been avoided or at least minimised by good cultivation.

I've heard of growing sweet peas with climbing beans, but it isn't something I've ever tried. In a good year you may well get away with it, but I can see that it would be problematic this year.

All legumes (including sweet peas) are prone to mildew, even more so this year where the mildew spores flourish in warm damp conditions. Good ventilation between plants is essential, so (as you will understand) growing between beans will just exasperate the problem.

As I said earlier, I don't grow beans & sweet peas together, therefore I can't be sure if the present mildew will infect your beans.....hopefully not!

I can't claim to be a totally organic gardener,  I do always refrain from spraying food crops, although I have no qualms about spraying my sweet peas with 'Pravado' to zap application ensures aphid free flowers for 6 weeks.

Sorry, I have no info on a baking soda/liquid soap mix.

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 09:34

bump.....for anyone with sweet pea queries.


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 13:18

Totally agree, Geoff and I'm likewise sure no snub is/was intended. (note to oneself, use more smileys)

'What is the solution' - I think given the nature of the beast, perhaps random threads is the way to go, although given the time I spend reading these boards, probably I'll not notice many of them.


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 11:48

Is someone trying to tell to tell me something?

I took the trouble to open a thread in The potting Shed to help you peeps with sweet pea queries.....perhaps not a good idea, eh?

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:42
sotongeoff wrote (see)
nibbs wrote (see)

I don't have iplayer. Beechgrove sounds like a great program.  I wish there were more gardening programs on Sky , there used to be at one time. Agree with lavenderlass, an extension to GW would be great.

If you have got Sky you can pick up Beechgrove-i- player is on the BBC website-why can't you get it?


....or  Freesat channel 970 or Virgin Media channel 862.

Fork Handles

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 18:55

Nearly 3000 posts now, must have a less demanding garden than mine.

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