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Posted: 10/06/2017 at 14:30

Thanks Scroggin.  It had occurred to me, I keep meaning to do a bit more research on them.  I am off to GW Live next week so will see if there's some info and or products.


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 10:34

Thanks Villaverde, Yes I might put some on, I use the sheep wool type.  My only worry because it was a baby slug that I may have more babies emerging from the soil having done their damage already!  We have the bed covered with a mesh cover over a frame to keep any airborne thugs off but I didn't think about a slug problem too much! I have some carrots growing in the same bed so I should think they will be suffering the same fate, aargh!


Posted: 10/06/2017 at 09:01

I picked my first radishes yesterday, a bit late I know.  They are growing in a raised bed in soil that was bought in a bulk bag from a reputable nationwide company.  Every single radish I pulled has been eaten.  Two of them had the criminals responsible still clinging to them! One, a baby slug, the other a very small thin worm/centipede-like creature.  Is there any way of eradicating them from the bed?  I have deliberately kept this bed for root crops so am desperate not to have creatures eating the crop below the soil.  Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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.

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