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What type of peas.

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:25
I cheated last year and got seedlings from the Victorian nursery on line, 12 plants where enough for 2 of us for 2 months of a little treat at tea time and bonus reward when watering! The only problem was finding canes big enough they grew over 7ft tall! Not sure on the variety but they where a heritage variety and proper tasty, I also did bingo from seed as a back up, not as good but still tasty.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 11:48

I'm up in the middle of Lancs and they've been a bit shy this year in our garden, I'd not seen any until early August. Although we don't seem to have had a lot of aphids either. But that said we seem to have a pretty good balance of preditors / prey.

 Last week I found where they had all been hiding, there where loads in the flowerheads of my sunflowers, I only noticed because I was cutting the heads to save them for the birds.... they've all been rehoused to my greenhouse now where hopefully they'll find a quiet corner to hibinate and emerge in the spring to do their job!

There also seem to be a load in the beds under the leaf litter so I guess they must have been there all along!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 11:38

we've still got sweetpeas coming through, and a shed load of them too. I've never picked them, just left them to do their own thing, they where planted as a filler against a fence until I got my sticky mitts on a thornless beackberry ..... perish the tought of what would have happend if I'd of picked them to encourage new flowers like my grandpa used to!



Posted: 30/09/2013 at 11:21

Oh Dannyson, sounds like you've had a bit of a nightmare there!

We planted them specially for the caterpillars so they would leave the rest of the stuff alone, it worked really well, the bonus was the bees etc also seemed to be having a field day!

Sara, I think you're right! I really struggled to get them to germinate, I lavished them with love and attention and I had maybe 4 plants come up. I supplemented them from the garden centre. Once in though they romped away and they've done really well!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:57

I as talking about this with the much beloveds dad, Spud went mad this year, Maris piper, and they where tasty! peas did really well, Bingo, Sunflowers where huge, we had 5 or 6 bees sleeping on them overnight while they were in flower, marigolds and nastusiums also did really well.

We where disappointed with the corn but better than last year! and I have one lonely little butternut squash which I will savour when it's ripe. The garlic was really small but I suspect that was more down to operator error than natural influence


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:39

I've got self seeded naturtiums sprouting in my veggie patch from this years plants.

I've never grown them before, am I able to pot them up and keep them in an unheated greenhouse until next year, do I need to leave them in the ground where they are, or ar they going to die off no matter what?



Seaweed Feed

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:22

Thanks Chaps, I've got comfrey just spouting, new seeds this season ready for cropping next year, my gramps used it on his plants.

It just seemed a shame to waste the stuff after he'd dragged it back from the beach, he was all for throwing it in the brown bin.... I think not MR!

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:16

Ok, my second question for today is...

Over Easter the much beloved went collecting soft crabs for fishing bait, when he brought back the crabs to freeze he also brought back a load of seaweed. I chopped it up and have been steeping it in water since.... it's proper stinky now .

I'm going to bottle it and use it on the garden and then compost the leftovers or dig them in.

but what sort of ratio do I need to water this down? Also how long will it keep in air tight bottles?



Compost bins

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 11:57

Morning All,


looking for some advise please on the best compost bin / method for me! 

There's only 2 of us in the house both out at work all day, so limited coming from the kitchen. The garden is a decent size for a 3 bed detached but again not huge, we have limited space so I'm not looking for something huge.

I've looked at the tumblers and like the idea of them but the reviews are a bit mixed, am I better just having a couple of small bays so I can heap up on one while the other is cooking?

We've got a plastic bin at the moment which looks like a dalek! This came with the house and I think it was from the council. But I've yet to work out how to turn the stuff inside without chucking it all over the path!

The other option I've got is to dig a big hole and bury an incinerating bin (the metal sort with all the holes in the side) with just the lid poking out so I can fill up through the funnel, the worms can get in through the holes I can keep the lid in place, and I can bury it so I don't have to think about hiding it... again I might need 2 of these on the go!

I should also add I have a phobia of our little furry friends! Mice I can just about deal with if I only spot them running out of the garden ( only happened once in the last 18 months!) but rats I'm breaking out into a cold sweat just thinking about it. I know it's irrational and nothing you can say will change the phobia, I've been working on it for 35 years now!

I know I need to avoid cooked foods and other bits to avoid attracting them but it's just there in the back of my mind!

So my request I suppose is please could you let me have your views on the best bins that work for you, and also do you find it easier to have a cooking heap and a heap to add to?

I've had a go before at a previous house but it wasn't the most successful!


Thanks for your help in advance


A Laurel Hedge no more!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 22:30
Thanks chaps, we're going to take a tentative peep this weekend, the plan for the hazels is indeed to keep on top of them and coppice them as they get older.... Hopefully there'll be the bonus of some nuts too! Hazel just seems a bit more useful than laurel, well for us at any rate!
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