Shrinking Violet

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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?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:40

Hello David.  I have been disappointed with my SPs this year - the first flush of flowers was pretty good but it's been downhill all the way since then.  I have to put it down to such poor weather, especially here in the West Country.  Light levels have been low, sunlight has been in poor supply with exception of the odd few days here and there, and my plants are now way beyond their best.  Out with them, and looking forward to next year!

I bought seed from a local(ish) specialist, but the results weren't a patch on Eagle seeds.  Even allowing for the poor weather, I have to agree with you regarding the quality  seed (and no, I'm not advertising, just passing on personal experience). 

Oh, well - it's the looking forward that keeps us gardeners young (I think ).  And who knows, by this time next year, I may have managed to complete the move that we had hoped would have been completed by now!  So - autumn sowing it is - and fingers crossed for a better summer next year!



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:29

Yesterday was better than predicted - a few sharp showers, but nothing to write home about.  Today?  Dry and perfect for getting in the garden.  Weeded all that stuff that has taken hold in the damp conditions .  OH mowed the lawns.  Picked courgettes ( some of which have turned into small marrows!) and peas - perfect with lamb rump served perfectly pink!  Son away for the weekend, so shall do the weekly family roast tomorrow - and the forecast is for wall-to-wall rain.  One step forward, two steps back!

Oh - and I sorted out the herb garden today.  Sage has gone mad.  It had over-run the thyme causing die-back.  And who said that slugs and snails don't like the fragrant herbs?  I found countless crunchies and slimies lurking - all dealt with by secateurs and crunching underfoot.  Yuk!

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