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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:03

Very impressed with the service from Eagle Sweet Peas. I could'nt resist ordering my seeds for this years autumn sowing, I ordered online on Tues and they arrived in the post this morning.

I decided on the 'Staffordshire Collection', I am hopeless at picking colour combos, so this seemed the perfect solution

Lovely to have sweet peas decorating the windowsill once more.

Grass snake

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:47

Saw one last week, sadly not in our garden, but great to see none the less. We're lucky enough to have lizards and slow worms on the allotment. Fantastic bug hunters as a bonus.

animal problems

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:56

Depending on the size of your raised bed, could you cover with netting? I use 1" drainage pipe to make hoops and then drape safety netting over and secure with pegs.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:52

SweetPea, I hope your allotments are well out of the flood zone, I used to visit the Worcester area a lot, fishing the Teme and Severn, very  scary rivers when they are in flood!

Lovely rolling countryside and the only place in the UK I have seen an otter in the wild, a brilliant experience.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:36

Glad to see you in good spirits Mike, all the best


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:33

If you have room for them in GH/polytunnel I think you stand a better chance of getting a decent crop.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:25

I've never tried growing aubergines outside, I would say it's still early to have them outside. I would suggest growing them under cloches, at least until the weather warms up.

Harvesting onions

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:59

For spring grown onions it helps the onions store better if you wait till the stems fold over naturally. Generally winter grown onions dont store so there is no problem picking them as you wish, but they will still but on quite a bit of bulb if you can wait a month or so?

Rhubarb from seed

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:55

What variety Lyn? Mine are Glaskins Perpetual and I got them online for 95p a packet.

I know what you mean by watching them grow, but I've just got back from a week away and they have grown noticeably in that time

Rhubarb from seed

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:00

Took on another allotment plot this year which has given me the room for a 'proper' rhubarb patch.

I did'nt want to pay for established crowns and my existing plants arent yet ready for dividing so I decided to try growing from seed.

So far very impressed with the results, germination was good about 90%, no special requirements, they germinated just fine in an unheated polytunnel sown 3 to a 3" pot. they transplant ok too.

From mid April sowing I have 10 plants about 3" across. I expect it to be 2 to 3 years before picking but the seed is cheap and I already have a rhubarb patch so not in a hurry.

If anyone is thinking of increasing their stock I can recommend it as a viable alternative to division and a lot cheaper than crowns. Plus I like growing from seed

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