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Deformed beans

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:44

Actually, the one on the top left of the pic looks like . . .  a Turkey Twizzler - the thing of infamy highlighted by Jamie Oliver as the nadir or school lunches!  Now, if they could get all the beans to grow like that, we might be able to get the little darlings to eat their greens

Deformed beans

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:36

It always happens to me - or to my FBs to be more accurate!  It's as if, as the plants age, they are less able to maintain the straight form.  And I believe that the problem is more to do with the very young beans having new bean shoots curling around them and causing them to become twisted.  Makes no difference to the taste - but you wouldn't see them on the shelf at Tesbury's!!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 19:32

Rain all morning.  Wet cats, of course, came in and wound themselves round my legs demanding to be fed! 

Afternoon was better - sunshine and drying breeze.  Then it all had to be spoiled with - more rain this evening

I took advantage of the dismal weather to get into the GH and have a tidy up (long overdue).  Also potted on some Brussels and winter cabbage plants I bought as plugs from the GC yesterday.  A dozen of each - far too many, really, but I'll find unsuspecting friends (if I've got any left - of the unsupecting variety, that is ) to give the surplus plants.

Beans are barely at the top of the supports - and I grew Moonlight this year.  OK - so they're setting, but nothing to write home about with regard to taste.  Better than nothing, I suppose. We have to make the best of a pretty bad year in the garden!  And I, too, will freeze all that I can as a buffer against the predicted price rises to come.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 23:11

I know tht there are occasional problems, Frank - but I've never had it consistently at a BH.  Perhaps there's a random hassle selector that picks on unfortunates - and for some reason you are it

Oh and talking of adverts, is it just a coincidence that there's an ad at the side of the page for Boden clothing : "A spanking new range"?  I wonder if it's a reference to Fifty shades of Grey ??? 

Fungus on peas

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 23:05

I did wonder about the milk and water spray which I know is effective for courgettes that succombe to mildew.  Again - I'll file it away for future reference.  Peas are now safely gathered in and in the freezer!  Thanks for the advice David.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 20:18

Rain - nearly all day, apart from a brief period of non-rain this morning.  Still raining.  Still miserable - yet another Bank Holiday washout.  (And I also keep signed in rather than logging in each time.  Seems to work - apart from the times that the adverts over-write the top of the page!)

Fungus on peas

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 20:13

We had a small window of dryness this morning - and I took the decision to pick & freeze.  But I've noted your suggestions for the future - and simple preventative action next year may help keep the mildew at bay!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:28

Famous last words, Penninepetal, as said by the (in)famous Michael Fish!

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:24

Thanks David.  Bank Holiday?  Looks a bit (more) waterlogged down here.  Again. 

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:21

Thanks for that.  I'll give it a go - tho' unlikely to be able to do anything for a couple of days if the weather forecast is anything to go by

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