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Shrinking Violet

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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

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 20:08

I think so - but I've never had it before so I'm open to suggestion!

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:52

Usually my peas are harvested in late July/early August.  But this year, with the odd weather we have had, they are several weeks late.  For the first time, I have found them becoming covered in white mould - the pods and leaves, although the peas themselves are, thus far, unaffected.  I expect that the cropping will be shorter than usual, and intend to pick and then freeze the surplus rather than let the crop be ruined.  (A bit of a shame really, since the sweetness of fresh peas is beyond anything you can buy.)

Has anyone else experienced this?  Any comments/remedies?

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