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Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:11

Sayings of Haifiz,   regarding sowings........ It is when the hunter stops to roll a weed that the buffalo breaks cover,   or in another way, a watched kettle never boils,    or     a watched seed never germinates.

more coming soon

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:07

Can't help it, but I keep reading sotongeoff as stroganoff !

more coming soon

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:29

I'm a grumpy old gran'fer, wedded to my wife and the 'lotty. I have a passion for compost, and all veggies, wildlife and pond life. We have 8 fat frogs in our makeshift pond, nice mint growing in the pond,and Vee goes chattering to the frogs when we are up there. We are in Northumberland, on a NE facing slope, short growing season, clarty ground, and have a hive of bees in one corner. I concurr with Joe, about cat ass trophies, but the growing numbers of birds are learning to 'mob' the cats.

Sometime we feel that we have 'terminal uniqueness' with crop failures and similar, but this forum takes it away, when one learns of others gowing thru' the same difficulties.


Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:35

Termination, Germination, it's all the same to me.   I have tried the peas in guttering, peas in kitchen tissue, pots  and sown direct. It all depends, said Pooh, on whether the ground weather and soil is in the mood. If it ain't in the right frame of mind for playing, then knowing when to go into action is up to yourself.  Monty Don has given me hopes only to be dashed. Joe Swift has made it look oh so easy and straightforward, and I have just been feeding slugs and mice & etc. i need to remember to leave sowing to the last or right moment, and sow and forget. As soon as I do this, they shoot up,       sometimes ! Be careful of the amounts of fertiliser, if you're into this thing. Overfeeding can be as much of a problem as pests !

Good luck, Lokelani.

Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:39

I put an uloaded mouse trap along the row of beans as soon as they poked their heeds up, and it seems to have frightened the meeces off !  Threat of termination is as good as the real thing, it seems.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 10:07

It's a hard life, being a gardener, innit ! ?  My whole life has been a 'guilty secret ' !

Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 23:07

Dwarf beans........... sowed two rows of the little sods so far, and everything has been taken off as soon as they appear. Since then, the third row has appeared almost intact over a 5 metre row, and seems quite happy. I think this is an indication that the conditions have to be utterly right, emphatically so, withour deviation or room for discussion, bargaining, manouvre or negotiation. These little blighters NEED and DEMAND complete submission to conditions. We'll see how they get on as they grow, in these appalling conditions of high winds, torrential rain, clarty soil, and voracious meeces, slugs and snails.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 23:00

But I will know !!!!!!!!!! 

Does anyone know a proven way to rid my allottment of mares tail?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 15:54

Funny thing about these mares tails............... we were in south of france a few years back, and much of the hilltop towns, where there was cultivation going on, was savagely over run with this stuff. Completely covered with it ! No attention paid to the stuff.  The French have a different attitude to gardening. Its a sort of 'laissez faire' philosophy, and despite the size of the 'cosmetic' industry, gardens are allowed to let rip  'au naturale', as they say in Paris ! Are we too obsessed with appearances ?

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 11:32

Blast ! 'i' before 'e', except after 'c'. No wonder I can't get the compost right !


SIEVE ! not seive ! mutter mutter mutter !

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