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Old 27-03-2017, 05:07 PM   #23
the apprentice
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We are about half way through planting our seeds from our own seed bank and a few species from bought packets that we have still have to collect like cauliflowers, leeks and beetroot, other than that we have all our favorites in house.

Just put up the pea trainers which consist of eight canes inside a small wire mesh cage, with a plain 4.00mm plaint wire ring tied in at the top of the canest to give all round support and tie these to the next ring and so on. The mesh at the bottom helps the young plants get a good start and purchase then as they grow we add a string above the tops as they advance.


We plant on the inside of the wires to prevent the pigeons from nipping all the tops off as the push through the soil. We plant the lower small climbing peas first straight into the soil first and bring the tall variety afterwards from pots we start in the greenhouse which begins budding just above the lower climbers, so it's pretty well full by the time everything is coming to harvest time.

We used Vancitiy's idea with the recycled egg boxes this season for starting our ancient Black Prince sweet peas which are a very dark purple and have the sweetest smell of all the varieties we have tried over the years.

A few more wigwams to erect tomorrow for the French and dwarf beans which also go behind cages to stop capt pigeon from feasting especially if they hatch a clutch right as we are planting out.

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The sweet peas we pricked out about two weeks ago are well through and have the lids removed now and will go in the open frame growing shelf to begin hardening off this week, which sits well up off of the ground to stop the frost nipping them off.

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Another picture of the area, notice how far on the grass has come, it's almost three inches long already due to the mild winter and will need a trim in this next week.

The overwintering leeks have doubled in size the last three weeks with a good inch girth already, but we will keep an eye out before they run to spike out and seed. The onion beds have also doubled in size and forming bulbs too.

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All the pellet fertilizer and compost has been pulled in with the worms already and you can push your hand into the soil up to the bottom joints, here is easy gardening aided by nature's unpaid servants.

Thanks for watching.

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