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Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 22:44

Thanks Fairygirl.  Re. mice, fighting a bit of a losing battle there really, open fields on three sides of the garden and lots of nooks and crannies for them to hide under/in.  A couple of years ago we pulled back the black polythene covering the veg patch after winter to find a mum mouse and her babies, she quickly set about picking them up in her mouth and moving them, wouldn't have the heart to do anything with them - I'm my own worst enemy I know!

Given what you say about hardening them off I think that is a real possibility.  Also going to move them to a new spot this year.  They were in the lee of a beech hedge, although they were getting sun for most of the day I don't think the hedge was helping.

I might also try a wigwam in the main part of the garden to see if I have more success there.  Totally different conditions but might be what they need.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 12:09

Hi, I wonder if anyone has any ideas.  For the last couple of years I've planted out my sweet peas, admittedly a little later than ideal, but having planted them they seem to either being nipped at the base by, I assume mice or perhaps something soil living?  Those that don't get nipped seem to just stall and wither away.  I grow them on canes in a row, having dug well rotted manure in around the base of the canes.  I water them before and after planting and have been using the recycled wool slug deterrent around them.  I am not too sure what I am doing wrong.  I will be planting out my winter grown sweet peas shortly and have just bought a pest and wind barrier which I am thinking of using around to deter the mice.  Does anyone have any words of wisdom or thoughts on my predicament.  First and second year we lived here I grew sweet peas without too much thought or fuss and had a really good crop over a long season.  What am I doing wrong?

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 08:38

Oh dear Green Magpie.  Wondering if it's going to be worth the effort but I am going to give them a go this year.  I will know not to waste too much time and precious space on them if they don't work out though.  I always find that I want to grow far more different veg. than I have space for so I need to be selective.  

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 23:26

Thanks Green Magpie.  Never grown parsnips before, what are the problems I should be looking out for this year? I can't wait for the carrots this year.  Nothing like a freshly picked sweet carrot.

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 07:23

Thanks Loana. That's a good idea. The beds have settled a bit so do need a top up.  Looking forward to using the beds for a whole season this year rather than starting late and making the best of a bad job as last year. As long as.i get nice.Straight (ish) carrots, parsnips etc. I'll be a happy bunny! Thanks again for your helpful reply.

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:59

Hi again Bright Star, just watched that video.  Although I thought I understood the basic principles of crop rotation that was a great little 'idiot proof' explanation.  Good old Monty.

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:53

Thanks Bright Star, I'm going to take a look right now.

Raised bed root crops

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 07:31

Morning all, 

It will be second year with raised bed (but started late last year). Had fair crop of lettuce, beetroot etc. and carrots to a degree, despite not thinning properly! My question is how do I ensure that my carrots, parsnips etc. have enough nutrients without over doing it? We put manure on 2 of the raised beds at the end of last year but left the one for roots unmanured. Should I put anything on/in the soil before i begin sowing or just leave it as is? The beds were made using a mix of existing soil, garden compost and purchased fruit and veg soil. Any advice gratefully received.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:58

Many thanks Ladybird4 that's helpful.  I do let the bulbs (all varieties) die down naturally so I am getting something right! I didn't know if they needed an extra boost though.  What sparked this question was that a well known Peony grower/show person suggested feeding peonies with a little BFB in spring and autumn, which I wasn't aware of before. It got me wondering if there were any hard and fast rules on feeding. My agapanthus are grown in a pot so I don't know whether to repot them next spring or just leave them be and hope for the best following the principle that they will get all they need from their leaves? They have been ok the past two years but don't want them to fade to nothing next year.  Anyway, thanks for your response.  Happy gardening.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 09:08

I have been gardening for quite a few years now but still don't know when and what I should be feeding.  I get the impression that you should feed when things wake up and sometimes when they go to bed i.e. spring and autumn but I am totally confused.  Should you feed bulbs (in particular agapanthus, tulips, daffs)?  My two favourite foods I reach for are Tomorite and Blood Fish and Bone - is this ok.  I always feel that plants need a good feed after going to all that effort of producing flowers but will it make them produce leaves or next year's flowers too early or will it merely just go to waste? If anyone can help me and finally stop this annual confusion I'd be so grateful.  Thanks.

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