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Giant Peas

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Record breaking peas! They over 16cm long which is enormous!
Giant Mange Tout peas
These are massive, but peas and mange tout are fairly easy to grow.

They’re something that my neighbour has been growing and has had a really good crop from. They’re also very dear in the supermarkets – £1 for a tiny tray of them so well worth the money to buy some seeds and have a go!
There are normal peas which you pod, mange tout which you eat all of and sugar snap peas which are thicker and have more of a snaap to them!
There are many types of peas and all good seed sellrs will have a wide range of seeds available. The seeds are dried peas! So you can keep some of the pods and leave them to grow on the plant until they’re dry – then store and you can grow from these again.

Peas growing

Monday, June 8th, 2009

We’ve got lots of pretty white pea flowers and now we’ve spotted our first pea pod!



We’d better get some more else we’ll be fighting over it!
Lovely and sunny this morning and I cadged some poppy plants off another allotment holder! I only asked if I could have some seeds when they were ready, but he was happy to let me have a few of the self-seeded poppy plants.

I asked him if they were indeed carrots growing in the pots around the site and he said yes. He laughed at it as people reckon they don’t get carrot fly when the carrots are so much higher off the ground. He’s given up on them as they just get munched by the carrot flies and they’re never very dear at the shops!

Hot weather on the allotment

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A heavy dose of watering was done today – we left our visit until after two pm as we figured going at lunch time would be the hottest part of the day. It was still baking hot and there weren’t many people about today. Just a few couple turning up to do the watering and Frank who’s a useful source of information and plants. Two more cabbagey plants came our way to replace two of our existing plants that had not been planted in firmly enough and had had their roots damaged by the wind. Planted the newcomers in with a dash of lime and a good water in.

Watered in the leeks again. A couple are looking a bit leaning over but they are all still alive!

Gave the beans some water too – they have some flowers coming which is great! I love broad beans! The peas have more flowers than yesterday too!

It’s hard to tell just how much the tomatoes are growing each day – but they are – time lapse photography would be brilliant – perhaps we’ll have to look at that for next year? The basil is looking promising! I am so looking forward to home grown basil and tomato salad! Picked off a couple more tomato side shoots.

Pulled a few weeds up. Still no sign of the frog. Perhaps it’s too hot for him so he’s escaped to the big pond outside the allotments.Spotted two comfrey plants coming up. Had bought roots and planted them what seems like months ago. You don’t crop comfrey the first year but after that I should be able to cut it down three times maybe to use as a base for planting spuds, or making liquid plant feed.

Allotment sharing

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

On the allotment everyone is really friendly and helpful. The old timers are happy to share their years of experience.  One man started on an allotment in 1953!

When people have too many plants to put out they offer them round, and people like to have a nosey in your greenhouse and see what you’ve got on your plot.

John gave me a packet of soya bean seeds – I’ve planted a couple of rows and am going to put in another row if I get chance this week.

Steve from across the way popped over today to ask me what I had growing in a tray in the greenhouse. It’s a flat tray of leaves from a money plant that I’m experimenting with as to how many will root. I’ve already gor 18 tiny plants potted up for the allotment open day plant sale but wanted to know if I could get some leaves to root. I have done at home before now and got some great plants from it, so I stuck about 50 leaves in a tray.  The mother plant is pretty much unwanted now and looking a bit straggly so it’ll sit under the bench in the greenhouse until Autumn and then I’ll have to decide what to do with it.
I have Steve a large piece of it for him to pot up and see if it’ll grow. It’s normally really easy to take root so he should have a couple of healthy plants in a week or three.

Lots of people on the plots today – car space was heaving – Sundays are very popular and hot Sundays even more so. There were lots of people pottering about with watering cans.

Did a little weeding around a couple of rows of veggies and watered the peas. Spotted the first pea flower today – which is excellent news!

I read that you need 120 ft row of peas to feed a family of four. I assume that it meant for drying some for winter too! We love fresh peas and it’ll be so nice to be able to pick some this year – perhaps some will even make it home to the pan!

Extremely hot weather again today.