Posts Tagged ‘peas’

Late Peas Flowering

Peas

These late peas are now flowering and so with hope might get one or two pods out of it before it gets too cold.    This year we have not had any pea problems and so for next year we will extend this to more than just one square.

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OK to Pod Peas – But Never To Eat

Podding Peas

Jack loves podding peas, but even at the mention of eating one and he will look at you in horror!

Beans, Peas, and the attack of the Tomatoes

French Beans

Despite the black fly which seems to be covering our garden like a blanket, these french beans are growing so well.  I didn’t notice any beans yesterday and yet today it seems it is covered in them with a lot of them ready to be picked.   We have never grown french beans before but it does make a nice change from the normal runner beans (we have them too) and much quicker to prepare when cooking too.  The white flowers of these mixed well with the red from the running beans and they all continue to put on a good show.

Peas

We planted peas a bit late so it was always interesting to see what we would get and it has been a bit unfortunate for them.   Firstly due to me not implementing vertical growing to any great degree meant that the pea plants that could have grown up and up and produced loads ended up meanly on the ground.  Secondly, and also due to me not implementing vertical growing, the tomato plants in the the next squares have grown all over the place and over powered the peas a bit too much.  Shame on me then for not doing it all correctly as by the amount everything has grown, if it was able to climb upwards then we would be laughing.   Instead, we are laughing but in a slightly different way as the photo of the peas shows our harvest!  They did well against everything but in the end the tomatoes over powered them.   These plants will come out now and over the next weeks we will plant some more for a quick last minute harvest.

Tomatoes go Wild!

So as you see, the tomatoes have grown really well all over the place and are sporting loads of green tomatoes which sometime in August must turn red and be ready to either eat raw or added to cooking.   These two plants came from a bloke off Freecycle and I think I must keep in contact with him in  case he grows loads again next year and needs to get rid of the seedlings.   My worry at the moment is tomato blight as we have had no rain for well over a month (possibly two months even) which is fantastic after the last two years worth of bad summers, but with the watering and high humidity I know I am asking for trouble here.  Fingers crossed.   Now… if only I had implemented that vertical growing…….

A couple of days of wind and rain

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After a good month of blue skies, hot weather and sun sun sun… we had two or three days of rain and wind.   The result is a sudden growth on everything and a bit of wind damage.   The sweetcorn shows no signs of any corn inside, although I’m not fully sure when they are meant to so I’m not too concerned.  They keep growing and one of them I have had to tie to a stick to keep it upright.  The water has given the courgette plant a lot of think about and that is starting to use all it’s four squares allotted to it, plus put on a display of flowers too which means courgettes will soon be on their way.

We have a number of empty squares now which are waiting for me to find time to replant them.  At the same time I will top up the soil too with a new mix of peat, compost and vermiculite.  Over the months the level of the soil has dropped quite a bit and I’m glad I planted globe varieties of carrots otherwise there would not be much to have when the time comes.

The big thing to know is that I really should had done the vertical part of growing a lot better and by the book.   The tomatoes are over grown and by clumped up and I just hope that the millions of tomatoes that it seems to be growing all survive and don’t get too damp and warm and just rot.  The poor peas are swamped by the tomatoes and while I have seen a couple of pea pods I fear that may be it.    All of this could had been avoided if I had done the vertical supports correctly and we would then have a wall of peas and tomatoes and beans.   Next year…..

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Pea support

Peas

We put the peas in late but that should not be too much of a problem, all that we planted did finally come up. They are now just starting to want something to climb up and so they now have a crisscross of sticks to keep them busy.

The supports for both beds need to be made. I am still not decided if we will use normal bean poles or we will follow the book and use the conduit and rebars approach. Time is running out