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Sweet peas dying prematurely

Posted: Yesterday at 17:17

We planted our sweet pea seeds last October, over-wintered them in the greenhouse and planted them out in the garden Mar/ April; all this as usual.

They grew well and started flowering, we picked the first flowers mid June. In early July they started dying from the bottom and we pulled them up this week.

They normally flower for 6-8 weeks but this year it 2-3 weeks. Can anyone suggest why? 

Last edited: 23 July 2016 17:18:16


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:38

Thanks folks. I've put in a couple of courgette plants but they are lost in the 4ft high potatoes at present. Flowers on pots are out now so should be able to start digging soon and give the courgettes some light and space!

Ant nest in stipa

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:35

Thanks, folks. I'll get the hose out and wash the nest and soil away. Hope the plant remains upright!

Ant nest in stipa

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:01

Inspection of my stipa gigantea has shown that the base is clogged with soil and ants. The "mound" through which the grass is growing is around 6-8" high.

Should I dig out the plant, spray, or what? 


Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:13

In my raised bed I have 6 rows of potatoes, 5 in each, 3 different varieties, either earlies or second earlies. The rows are 24 inches apart and I have just started earthing up as they are 4-6 ins tall.

I am considering planting out some tomato plants in the gaps between the rows to maximise the use of the land. The tomato plants vary in height between 6 and 15 inches.

I appreciate that I will have to dig the potatoes up carefully when the time comes but has anyone had any experience of such intercropping?

Last edited: 18 May 2016 11:13:40

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 21:27

Thanks, everybody. One can always rely on speedy suggestions!

I do have an unheated greenhouse so will put them out there. I have enough seeds for further sowing in April.

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 19:27

I have recently sown some cucumber and gherkin seeds in seed compost in modules on a heated tray in my house.

Within days they were up and I have removed them from the heat. They are indoors near the window and I turn them several times a day to keep the shoots upright.

I believe that you supposed to wait until some true leaves appear before potting on. My concern is that the seedlings are now 3-4" long and in danger of becoming too leggy.


Advice please

Drooping cucumber leaves

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 20:20

My Suttons Byblos cucumber in my greenhouse has produced 5-6 healthy cucumbers but the bottom leaves are yellow and crisp while the top leaves are all wilting.

I'm not sure if this is due to over or under watering or something more sinister.


Can anyone please advise?

PS I would not be surprised if this topic has already been posted but I can't seem to find a search feature and don't really want to look through over 6,000 earlier topics in this forum! 


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:16

My beans seem to have been the subject of blackfly which have now been eaten by syrphid fly (hover fly) larvae. See this thread I started:


Drooping acer leaves

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:59

We have now lost the acer platanoides and an acer griseum planted nearby in the hospice garden. On speaking to the local nursery who supplied them, it would seem that they don't like very wet ground - which is what we have. Come autumn we will purchase another acer griseum and plant it in a drier area.

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