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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 19:01
Warmish but cloudy today. Ground is dry so the lawn got its first cut and very nice it turned out too. Picked some lovely new potatoes from a tub in the greenhouse - they were originally intended for Christmas but the cold weather obviously held them right back - but a nice surprise, will go well with home made steak pie and various green veg tomorrow!
Just started drizzling at 7pm so that will, no doubt, do the newly shorn lawn some good

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 20:56
Know the tearoom in Steyning well,Maud - lovely place. We usually pop in there when we stop at the Tollgate Hotel in nearby Bramber. Had a beautiful day in the Chilterns today, sunny and warm, and got plenty of digging done at the allotment - the ground is really workable at the moment. Also found time to stroll down the River Thames from Hambledon Lock to Henley this afternoon, and an early evening meal at The Stag and Huntsman in Hambledon village. Altogether a very satisfying day.........hope tomorrow is half as good!

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 00:09
No, I don't quit. Mice are usually dead in trap when I find them (funny humane killer) so they're binned, and crops at the allotment are normally netted but need to check nets after heavy winds - pigeons not a problem if you keep aware. The 'old boys' up there want to shoot the pigeons but Council have banned that under by-laws so there is much grumbling and moaning. My neighbour contents himself by trapping pheasants and roasting them! Only pest that we struggle with are the muntjac deer - if they find something tasty then they're difficult to stop. Impossible to stop are the odd light fingered humans who pass in the night! Still, all part of life's rich tapestry and never a dull moment.

That's shallot!

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 23:05
Very sensible B- L!

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 22:58
Use decent soil or compost,water well before planting,and water gently thereafter - peas should germinate easily in greenhouse,but perhaps leave out a humane mousetrap (which catches the mouse but doesn't kill it - you can,if like my sister who can't kill anything, release it in the wild - but at least quarter of a mile away or it may return!) - I occasionally get a mouse in my greenhouse and he would make inroads on tender pea shoots or seeds given the chance! Pigeons are different altogether - if they have an alternative food source, like your feeder droppings, they may well stick with it, but when they discover an new source of food, such as your peas, or my sprouts at the allotment, they will go mad for it, and the crop can virtually disappear in a few days. My peas suffered from pigeons last year as I was away for a few days when they came up, and I had forgotten to net them! Never underestimate pigeons - they are pretty thick and slow to find food sources, but when they do - watch out!

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 21:33
Can also be grown inside in lengths of guttering and then slid into a purpose dug trench in garden when several inches high. Might still need protection against pigeons .

That's shallot!

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 21:13
Learning Slowly talks of the price of shallots in supermarkets - what about the price of shallot sets in garden centres? At the current price,do ensure that you save a couple of dozen grown this year for planting next year - it's a bit like saving runner bean seeds - all being well you can sow for years at no cost.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 18:33
Gorgeous sunny springlike day in Chilterns - up the allotment planting more Meteor peas and first sowing of parsnip seeds. My neighbours peas (sown a few months ago) are already six inches high. Started digging the area for early carrots, and the soil is really soft and friable - winter is starting to become a memory.....famous last words!

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 23:02
Hurst Greenshaft has always proved totally reliable for me at my allotment. In three years of growing them I have had probably only half a dozen pods affected by maggots - my freezer contains enough saved peas to see me through to the following harvest. Whether it's the area I live in ( 400 feet up in the Chilterns ), or sheer luck, I have never been bothered by pests on the peas - I certainly don't spray against moths. Have tried other varieties but none are anywhere near as productive or certain in germination. Taste is as good as anything else around, so give them a go Verdun!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 17:00
Glad you saw plenty of red kites the other day Caz - like a scene from 'The Birds' here today, with the number hovering over the hill. When I go up the garden there is always at least one who floats over me, 20 to 30 feet up, peering down at me and squeaking. Weather is beautiful,sunny and feeling warm - finished hoeing the garden which now looks pretty tidy. Next few days,weather permitting, it's the turn of the allotment. Fingers crossed!

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