May in the Garden Smallholding

  May has been another dry and hot month in the main, watering continues to be a chore and a must. It has also been a rather busy month for planting, potting on and sowing, with the occasional harvest. Certain crops have excelled in the unseasonal heat whereas others have struggled a little. Chillies, cucumber and tomatoes have been … Continue reading May in the Garden Smallholding

Meteor Peas in Flower

I'm growing Meteor peas which can be autumn or spring sown, after a disastrous attempt at autumn sowing I decided to wait until March before direct sowing again. This time germination was a success, the plants are romping away and flowering already but my joy has quickly turned to dread because of a pest called Pea Moth. Pea flowers are self … Continue reading Meteor Peas in Flower

Overwintering Crops

  After the 2009 autumn harvest nothing but bare earth was left in the veg beds, basically I didn't plan that particular growing season very well. Apart from being bored from lack of things to do, I was disappointed that the vegetable garden was not being given the chance to be used to its full potential. This year I have attempted to … Continue reading Overwintering Crops

The Peas Are Planted

  The mangetout seedlings were reaching  for the stars in the mini greenhouse so I began to leave the protective cover off them during the day to harden them off.  I planted a row yesterday and they have curled their tendrils round the chicken wire to support themselves already, clever little things. I grew Reuzensuiker mangetout last season and did … Continue reading The Peas Are Planted

Beans, Peas and Poles

Now is a good time to start putting your choice of climbing support in place for your peas and beans before planting your seedlings out or sowing directly into the ground. Last year my attempt at supporting my rather rampant mangetout was quite frankly pathetic. The whole shoddy structure of poles, sticks, chicken wire and string ended up … Continue reading Beans, Peas and Poles