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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:42
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thinking more of a wire cloche, good to hear mouse danger may be over!

 

To my knowledge mice will eat any type of seed, but In my own experience I've never had problems with them eating the foliage.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:27

PS. Perhaps use a cloche at night for a week or so would be a compromise.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:22
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thanks david no, good advice doesn't get boring and newbies need it drilling in! getting slug pubs ready any other good slug zapper advice? no evidence of mice around but would you suggest cloche til bit bigger?

Cloche!....Alarm bells are ringing again! Yes, it will protect from cold winds, but it does get very warm under there on sunny days.....perhaps fleece?

Beer traps are as good as anything if you prefer not to use slug pellets.

I've never lost sweet peas to mice after the seed has germinated & disintegrated.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:12

"i think mummies are a bit prone to it!!!".....that figures!

Truth is they will get stronger when planted out....problem is the weather is forecast to get colder later in the week, so take that into account.....this is only an issue because they are soft.

I know this 'no coddling' must get boring, but you see, if they had been raised in cooler conditions they would be acclimatised to outdoor conditions. 

I would suggest supporting them with a few twiggy bits, protect from cold winds & slugs.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:12
star gaze lily wrote (see)

Sorry, just reread it....sunrise ooops 

No prob, Lily....I skim read all the time.  Said 06.12am in the camera display, when I took it.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 06:40

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39683.jpg?width=241&height=350&mode=max

 Sunrise 17/03/14

Wisteria problem

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:39

Pruning is the usual solution to this problem.

As this is a FAQ, I keep this info on file.

"Wisterias can be left un-pruned where space allows, but flower more freely if pruned in summer and winter to build up a spur system.

August: Shorten-back current season’s shoots to 30cm (12in). This allows more sun to get to the wood, encouraging flower-bud formation.

 February: Shorten-back the summer-pruned shoots to within 2.5-5cm (1-2in) of older wood or two to three buds. It should be possible now to distinguish the plumper flower buds from the slimmer growth buds.

Long, whippy shoots that grew after the summer pruning should also be pruned. Cut these back to five or six buds from the main branch, making the cut just above a bud."

Brassica collars

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:31

I make mine from whatever is at hand, this is usually bitumen roofing felt (preferred) vinyl floor covering/lino or corrugated cardboard.....the latter doesn't weather too well.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:32

Decisions to be made there, Dove. Even if you decide to remove those exposed roots, do think they may re-grow at some stage in the future and undermine your new pond?

Either-ways, good luck with your project.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 11:21

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/001_zpsa818959d.jpg

 

Some beautiful camellias around at the moment......unfortunately the blooms will be very short lived if these warm sunny days continue.

The one above opened just a couple of days ago and already some of outer petals are starting to turn brown......and it's in full shade until late afternoon.

 

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