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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!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 14:22
Sunny day in the Chilterns - off outside to do some hoeing between daffy etc. Greenhouse is nice and warm and various seeds are starting to show, so looks like plenty of work over the next few days. Loads of Red Kites floating overhead which is usually a sign that the warmer weather is giving them a few more thermals to hitch a ride on - another few weeks of this and I might venture up the local airfield at Booker and get some more Glider tuition - chase the kites perhaps?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 18:52
Gloomy and misty day in the Chilterns,but the garden is cheering me up - primroses,snowdrops and crocuses all over the place, and the narcissi and daffodils are in varying stages of bloom - a colourful outlook set against a dishwater-coloured sky - reminds me why we all spend so much time tending our gardens!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 23:39
Blizzard conditions in the Chilterns again, everything covered - so that's tomorrow's plans for the allotment up the creek. Oh well, will have to finish painting the woodwork in the hall - there's always a job waiting for my attention. What happened to the dreams of a life of leisure when retirement arrived........still, being busy keeps me out of mischief!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 18:01
Nice,but cold, day in Marlow. Did a good bit of digging at the allotment and prepared a bed for early peas. The ground was very friable ( the plot is on a big hill so drainage is good) but I was still surprised that the soil was so good. Have covered it with fleece and hopefully, early next week the seeds will go in, covered with cloches. Will this sunny,dry, weather last? What a silly question!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 22:11
Lovely sunny day in Marlow, pretty breezy but the washing on the line soon dried.
Planted some shallots, in pots,so I can bring them into the unheated greenhouse if the weather gets worse again.
Finished painting the walls in the hallway, helped greatly by the bright sunshine which made the area look like a well-lit film set!

Weather permitting,up the allotment to do some more digging. Oh, and I think Frank was right last week (it probably is a bit risky planting early peas yet, even down south) - am going to plant two long lengths of guttering which can be put in the greenhouse for a while, and when the peas are a reasonable size, simply slide them all into their designated spot at the allotment. They've got two chances, as the saying goes.

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