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2017-06-05 10:08 pm
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Peas progress

In the F3 Golden Sweet x Bijou (GsxB) grow-out, I'm getting mostly small pods, which tells me the allele for large pods is recessive. Several plants have produced some beautiful, large, lemon-yellow pods and I'll certainly be saving their seeds. This is exactly what I wanted from this cross.cut for pics and waffle )
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2017-05-08 06:05 am

Pea plant pictures

Here are a few images to illustrate my previous pea post:
Cut for pictures )
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2017-05-06 02:07 am

Pea hybrid progress.

The hybrid pea plants, and the non-hybrid parent varieties, are rocketting away now. They're mostly around 4 feet tall now, and most are looking chunky and voluptuous. cut for pea obsessiveness! )

So my job tomorrow is to tie them into the canes again; a task I only did last week! meanwhile the garden is looking beautiful; lilac is out and smelling gogeous, strawberry flowers, primroses... I love early summer, though the weather feels less than summery at the moment!

Which reminds me: happy World Naked Gardening Day. I'll pass this year, thanks; I like my neighbours and I'd like to keep it that way. You're welcome! :-D
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2016-07-13 05:40 am

Pea progress update: Golden Sweet x Bijou

In 2014, as you'll remember, I cross-pollinated the mangetout pea varieties Golden Sweet and Bijou; the former being yellow-podded and the latter having large, wide, green pods. The aim is to introduce the genes for yellow pods from Golden Sweet into the Bijou line.

Last year's F1 plants threw in one surprise; I got everything I'd expected – tall plants, purple splodges in the leaf axils, bi-coloured purple flowers and small, green pods. F1 hybrid seeds are homozygous, which basically means they're genetically identical and only the dominant genes are expressed. The surprise was that instead of being fibreless, the pods on all six F1 plants had a fibrous layer like shelling peas, making them inedible. I've read in several places that mangetout pea plants lack the dominant genes for making fibrous pods. I also understand that dominant genes don't hide themselves away like recessives do, so I've no idea where these fibrous pods were coming from; perhaps G.S. has a fibre-making gene after all. The F1 generation produced over 200 seeds; enough to keep me busy for a few seasons if I wish!

This year, I'm growing out the heterozygous F2 generation, which is where the fun begins. Each seed should be genetically different, and potentially each seed is a new variety. The genes begin to segregate into their parent lines, which is exactly what I've found. Of the forty-odd plants I've grown (all tall), I've had small, yellow mangetout like Golden Sweet; both small and large, green mangetout; and large, green, fibrous pods.

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One yellow-podded line looks as though it might be worth growing out – its completely fibreless pods curl upwards rather than lying flat like Golden Sweet's do.

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And then there's this; a single plant has produced large, fibreless, yellow pods. I know they're fibreless by the way the seeds deform the pod walls as they mature. The plant is short-ish and a bit scrawny, and the pods seem to become greener as they age; here it's compared with Golden Sweet, which is the small pod on the left of this photo. I tasted one young pod, whichch i found tasted acceptable but wasn't quite as tasty as Golden Sweet. This, however, may be the prototype I'm looking for. Next year's pea-growing is looking exciting!

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raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2015-11-30 07:54 am

Autumn update; spuds, mice and plum nostalgia.

Well well, we haven't been here for a while, have we? Since my last post I've been clearing the garden of summer growth, old plants, leaves and rubbish, and to celebrate I had a big bonfire. It made plenty of ash, so that's been scattered around the fruit trees and bushes, and dug into the soil. Small pleasures please small minds...

The plums here were really quite poor this year; when I think of how many jars of jam my dad used to make, as well as plum crumbles to fill our hungry tums throughout the early autumn, I wonder whether that tree is getting to be past its fell-by date. The culprit was mostly brown rot, a fungal disease that spreads with rain from old fruit left on the branches. It spreads really quickly and ruins the crop in days; it's quite sad really. But don't get me wrong, I did have quite a few pounds of plums to make chutney with, and to give away to friends, family and neighbours, so perhaps it's just nostalgia speaking.

I was quite pleased with my potato harvest; I dug around 20 lbs this year -- all Desireé -- from the two beds I used; 'Bonfire' and 'Strawberry 1'. They were mostly quite small, though I did get some larger ones too. The soil in those beds in more suited to root crops than the heavy clay of 'West', though I'm slowly improving the soil structure in the latter. The quality is much better this year too; I didn't notice as much scab and there was hardly any other pest damage (though see later), though the ants did some superficial damage to those in 'Bonfire'.

I took down the WendyHaus in two sessions; it was really easy this time. The plastic covering was still in good condition, which I put down to the location of the top ridge in the centre rather than the edge. I think the location, tucked into a corner between a wall and a hedge, really helped too. I could have left it alone but I'm sure the wind would have wrecked it eventually and whisked it off to grace some unsuspecting neighbour's television aerial, satellite dish, or tree. Besides, the tomato plants inside wouldn't have withstood the first frost on (iirc) 23rd November, so they had to go. Nothing lasts forever; not even tomato plants!

The local moggies have been neglecting their duties. This autumn, I found two mice nesting in the alcove beside the house, right at the back inside an old tea chest beneath all my junk. In fact I'd had the same problem in the summer when I chucked the one mouse I found there into the garden. It must have found itself a mate and returned; the little gits had ripped up some carrier bags and dried poppy heads, though they didn't damage anything important. They'd been eating my potato harvest, which I stored in the adjacent shed. Fortunately they hadn't been there long (only two or three days) and hadn't reproduced, but they damaged a lot of my spuds and I've had to move the crop indoors. I might not have minded if they'd been paying me rent. They've been evicted now; I emptied the tea chest in the road and the little shits ran off, hopefully into the mouth of a passing cat. That'll teach me to leave the garden door open!

So that's about it for this year's garden waffle. The garlic is sown and growing. The pea plants are still up and flowering, although I doubt I'll get my hoped-for late seed crop. There's polytunnel planning and building to be done, and I'm hoping to pave some of the grass immediately outside the garden door. There's the usual umm-ing and ahh-ing about what-to-put-where, what to grow, what to abandon and all that stuff to worry about over winter. So I'm heading back under the duvet where it's warm and leaving the garden to the crows, blackbirds, thrushes, robins and hopefully the local cats -- rather them than a mouse infestation!

Happy Winter, Livejournal.
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2015-09-02 05:16 am

Mid-autumn update

So here we are in (almost) mid-autumn. I've been quite lazy with the garden this year, after having made all those grand plans back in the spring. But life and laziness got in the way and I basically couldn't be bothered with some things. Leek moth larvae had a field day with my leeks lazy year; the pests hatch as little grubs and munch their way through developing leeks, leaving a gooey mess of shredded leaves and frass. My attempt last year to grow cauliflowers ended in a similar fashion, so I decided not to bother planting either this year. They're both pest magnets and I couldn't be bothered with them.

I did manage to grow some red onions from sets i acquired at a local seed swap. They aren't huge but as a first attempt at growing them, I was quite pleased. The hybrid pea plants I planted made around 200 seeds, so i've planted ten with a view of getting an autumn crop; likewise the regular two varieties I grow. My peas did rather well this year, considering they were grown in a bed that usually turns into a brick in the summer and a quagmire in the winter. It's nice to find something that actually does well in that plot!

Potatoes have done fairly well, considering I planted them quite late. Also planted late were my tomato plants, which are finally bearing fruit in the WendyHaus. Also in summer I bought some cheap shallot sets so i'm trying those out near the raspberry canes.

I was seriously considering jacking it all in and grassing over my plots; but I decided against that; why, after all that effort, should I let nature have her way? So I'm toying with the idea of building myself a permanent polytunnel. I'll see how I feel after the winter's ravages and privations; if I still have the energy and drive by March I'll go ahead. So 2016 could be either great fun or a total disaster -- fate will decide, I'm sure!
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2015-07-09 12:20 am

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My my, how quickly summer has rolled around! This is a brief pea update with no images; I'll have to do a proper update one day!

The hybrid pea plants from my cross (Bijou (B) x Golden Sweet (G.S.)) grew very well; they're currently bearing a healthy-looking crop of F2 seeds. The F1 generation was very much as I predicted in my earlier post, but they did throw up a few surprises. Below is a quick-and-dirty summary of what i've found so far:Cut for boring waffle... )

So that's the current situation in my pea-crossing experiment. I'll sow a handful for an autumn trial, nature permitting.
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2015-03-23 01:19 am

Oh garden, how I've missed you!

It's been a good week for getting out into the garden, not only to watch a solar eclipse (Equinox day; March 20th). The morning started cloudy, with tiny breaks occurring here-and-there, but it looked for all the world as though I'd miss the celestial event. The clouds slowly cleared and by 9:00am, a thin, pale crescent of sun was shining through the clouds. The landscape darkened quite noticeably as the 89% peak approached. When watching the sun directly through the clouds became uncomfortable, I used my binoculars to project an image onto a sheet of white card. After the peak, the sky cleared almost completely as the moon slowly uncovered the sun, and by half-ten it was all over. There won't be another significant solar eclipse in the UK until 2026, although there's a very minor one (I think) in 2018, so I'm very glad the clouds obliged us this time!

On the same day I planted out my first batch of Bijou pea seedlings, which are about 8" tall now. The next day I buried some Desireé potatoes, including some of last year's crop that have sprouted some impressively long shoots in my larder. Then today, the Golden Sweet pea seedlings went in. The hopefully-hybrids will follow on Monday, though I'll be giving them their own, special area away from the parent varieties. I hope the wascally wabbit isn't still on the run; I haven't heard anything since had a note about it late last year. I'm sure I'll soon find out!

I've missed the garden this winter. Happy Equinox! Happy Spring!
raspberryfool: (The wind changed...)
2015-03-14 08:40 am

Playing Mendel: Bijou x Golden Sweet F1

All six of the hybrid pea seeds from last year's pea cross-breeding experiment, Bijou x Golden Sweet, have germinated; touch wood I'll have my cross. I can't wait to see what they produce! I'm expecting:

Anthocyanin (red colouration) in the stems and leaf axils (dominant, both parents, confirmed),
Tall plants (dominant, both parents),
Green pods (dominant, one parent (yellow is recessive)),
Small pods (unsure whether it's dominant or recessive, one parent),
Edible (mangetout) pods (recessive, both parents),
Purple flowers (dominant, linked to Anthocyanin production, both parents).

My aim is a large, yellow-podded mangetout type, and I'm hoping the recessive genes I need to make those will express themselves in the next (F2) generation. The F1 plants should be genetically identical, so pod size and colour will be the signs that my jiggery-pokery has worked; if I get anything different from the above I'm just growing the parent varieties!
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2014-10-12 12:16 am

Pease please me...

Yes it's been a while since I posted here. I'd love to say I've been really busy having a life, but I can't. Instead, the next few posts will document my garden adventures this year. Let's start with the mangetout peas I grew.

Peas are a relatively new addition to my garden. Until 2011 I hadn't ever grown them before and it was only Rebsie Fairholm's website that persuaded me to try them. I bought my seeds from The Real Seeds Catalogue, choosing the mangetout varieties "Golden Sweet" and "Bijou". The former is a tall, yellow-podded, mangetout variety; it's very pretty and even has pale yellow tendrils and growing tips. You can read Rebsie's review of it here.

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The latter variety is a very tall, green-podded mangetout variety that produces huge, inch-wide and six-inch-long pods--yes really! Sadly I ate them all before I managed to take any photographs.

These varieties—I rew areound forty plants of each—performed very well in my garden this year, but succumbed to the hot weather in July and were covered in mildew. Part of the reason I grew so many plants is to harvest the seeds. I want to take some to my local seed-swap next year—hopefully to exchange for some other interesting vegetables—and to acclimatise them to my garden's soil and microclimates. another—more intriguing reason is so I could cross-breed the varieties to produce—nature-willing—a new variety with large, yellow pods. Now that would be really special!

My attempts at crossing the varieties largely failed; either the pods didn't set or they stalled before producing anything like seeds. I did, however, produce one single—and very precious—seed that I hope is a F1 "Golden Sweet x Bijou" cross. So what sort of plants am I likely to get from this spawn of my shenanigins? Well, both varieties have the recessive "edible pod" genes, so it's likely I'll get that trait. Golden Sweet's yellow-pods come from a recessive gene called gp, but Bijou's green pods come from a dominant gene, so I'm expecting green pods from the first generation. The trait of tallness is also dominant, so I expect the F1 plant to be tall. Both Golden Sweet and Bijou have red splodges in the leaf axils, but I don't know whether that is dominant or recessive. I also don't know whether the gene(s) controlling pod size are dominant.

With luck, 2015 could see the start of my bid for world domination of the pea a new, unique variety of mangetout. I can hardly wait to see what grows from this precious offspring.
raspberryfool: (Raspberryfool)
2014-08-25 02:44 am
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Papver somniferum (opium poppy to you and me!)

One of the joys of summer in my garden is papaver somniferum, commonly known as the opium poppy. Each spring I sprinkle its seeds over the bare, cold earth. These jewel-like specimens rewarded me by brightening up my potato patch this summer...

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This garden beauty's white, sticky latex oozes out of the seed head when it's scored with a knife. The latex is harvested for its opium. It's also grown for its seeds, which are used in breads and cakes, and is the only papaver species with edible seeds.

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This big, red specimin popped up by my rose bush. I've been wanting these for ages!

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However I'm still jealous of the allotment holders, who get to enjoy these gorgeous, red pom-pom types close-up!

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It's perfectly legal to grow papaver soniferum in the UK, as long as you're not starting your own cocaine farm!
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2014-06-11 03:51 am

Mangetout and Mini-bastards!

Summer has come at last and I'm beginning to feel as though all my hard(ish) gardening work is paying off. I've begun harvesting Golden Sweet mangetout pods since late May. Golden Sweet is a very beautiful variety of manegetout pea. Its tall plants produce bi-colour purple flowers the turn slowly blue as they mature. These are followed by pale yellow pods, which gradually fill with tender, sweet green peas making it a dual-purpose variety. Everyone I've shown them to loves them and it's not difficult to see why.Cut for boringness etc )

I've invested in a 22-Gallon water butt, which I've set up to capture run-off from my flat roof. Since I installed it we've only been blessed with a short, sharp night-time shower.
Water butt
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raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2014-05-01 04:03 am
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Building the WendyHaus (tm)

After the successes of previous years, I decided that my tomato shelter—which is intended to keep my plants dry—should be a little more ambitious this year. I'd love a permanent greenhouse or polytunnel, but there's a downside to its permanence. I rotate my crops between the garden beds, hoping to avoid (or at least minimise) disease and pest problems, so a fixed structure didn't seem appropriate for me. My tightwad personality also won't easily allow me to spend upwards of £100 on something that won't make me a penny in cash and only a modest saving in produce. So I decided to build my own! Cut for length, images and boringness! )

It may look like a dog's breakfast but it seems to work well. This morning the temperature inside was 25c; outside it was 17c. My plan is to put tomato plants directly into the soil, where they'll hopefully stay dry and blight-free all summer. My friend Alan named it the Wendy House; I think that's rather fitting so the WendyHaus it is! I'm still waiting for a force ten to rip it all up and wrap it around my neighbour's satellite dish!
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2014-04-05 02:50 am
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Spring gardening and watching the bees

Hey LJ, this year's growing season is well underway. I've planted out four rows of about 25 to 30 mangetout pea plants (you do the maths!)—two each of two heritage varieties. The plants I started in February are now climbing their canes, and last weekend I planted another row of each, germinated a month later. This should stagger the season and avoid a glut; I'll start another row of each around May for planting out in June.

This year I chose Désirée for my maincrop potatoes again. I don't want to let last year's disappointing results sully my view of this fine variety. This time tey're in Midusmmer plot, which has some of the best soil in my garden. The garlic in West seems to be doing ok, but I don't think it likes being in heavy clay. West is always a difficult plot to work; it's full of clay which I suspect the housing developers backfilled after stealing the good stuff to sell. If I get another disappointing crop from there I'm going to turf it over. Life's too short!

My major project this year, the tomato tent, is now under construction using some 4' poles, long garden canes and some old hosepipe (sorry Dad!) to build a temporary, polytunnel-like structure. I'd love to have a proper polytunnel, but the cost and the permanency are major obstacles and the temporary nature of my structures makes crop rotation much easier to achieve.

It's really gratifying to see plenty of bumblebees, and some honey bees, visiting my garden. The flowering currant bushes, forsythia and primroses seem to be popular nectar plants. I noticed a bumblebee pollinating the gooseberry flowers today; they have such insignificant-looking flowers that I've never really paid much attention to before! I've seen several butterflies around too; it makes my neighbours' gardens seem like green deserts in comparison!

Talking of bees, the other day in a local park I saw some tiny mounds of earth looking rather like ants' nests, but with a single, large hole at the summit. I've noticed these in previous springs, but it was only this week that I was privileged enough to watch one of the nests' inhabitants, a solitary bee emerging to investigate some daisies. I wonder how many other visitors to this busy, popular recreation ground notice these wonders of nature beneath their feet. How wonderful!
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2014-02-10 06:34 am
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Things are stirring...

Well that's another winter over and done with; this one was very stormy and wet, but surprisingly mild. Luckily there hasn't been any flooding or wind damage here; though i suppose I shouldn't count my chickens just yet!cut for boring stuff )
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2013-10-15 09:15 am

Tomatoes 2013

As the gardening year draws to a close, let's have a quick resume of what's been occurring. I've been harvesting various crops and have been pleased with the results, which thanks to a dry, sunny and warm summer, have been pretty darn good. The tent has done it's job nicely but it's now tattered, torn and falling apart.This year's tomatoes have been a marked improvement over last year's blighted washout. I picked my first few 'Sunstream' in late July and they've been cropping well since. The 'blocky plum' shape seems to be well-established in my grow-out line now, with only one plant giving me smooth, ovoid fruits. The rest look like little peppers, decorative and very tasty. I've saved my F5 seeds for next year and by the F7 generation the line should be stable. I haven't really been taking notes this year because the plants are fairly consistent. Perhaps I should designate a new name to my line; perhaps 'Stream of Sunshine' would be a good one.

Inside the tomato tent


Elsewhere in the tomato tent, the best-performing variety has been Real Seeds'  'Lettuce Leaf' bush tomato. It was my saviour last year; this year it's produced those small, slicing tomatoes with great consistency and a lovely, deep and complex flavour. But they're still interesting enough to produce conjoined or fasciated fruits and some 'mini-beefsteak' shaped tomatoes all on the same bush.
Also from Real Seeds came 'Jen's Tangerine', a lovely French variety that produces fruits ranging from cherry tomatoes to small slicers. These start out ripening pure yellow and then turn a lovely, golden yellow-orange. These have also been prolific producers and will definitely be a choice for next year. 'Gold Medal' has been a disappointment again; the first fruit has only just started colouring up. i'll save some more seeds but it won't be on my priority list next year, though I suppose I could grow it as alater-ripening crop to see me into the winter months. 'Black Cherry' is delicious as always but I only grew a few plants and I must remember to save some seeds from those too. Here we see Jen's Tangerine at the front and Sunstream behind:

Jen's Tangerine (front) and Sunstream (rear)


I'll post a few more pictures taken this summer sometime this week if I remember. Meanwhilst, what happened to the wascally wabbit? Well dear reader, just after my last post its owner returned from holiday and managed to recapture it. I haven't seen it since. I'd like to say I miss it but I don't, well not really. Oh okay, I miss it just a tiny bit but the thought of my plants going unmolested gives me comfort.

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raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2013-06-19 03:45 am
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I have peas!

I never thought I'd get excitied about peas. I rarely buy them, except dried ones in boxes which make great mushy peas. But I love crisp, fresh mangetouts and sugarsnaps. Despite the cold spring, the lacklustre summer and the predations of a certain wascally wabbit, the pea plants I planted out in February are doing very nicely. The younger plants are also coming along well, and I've been busily tying them into the canes for support, and to prevent them from growing crookedly along the ground.

I'm growing a heritage variety called "Golden Sweet", whose first pods are almost ready to pick. These are a mangetout type pea with beautiful, yellow pods and bi-colour purple flowers that never fully open. I'm going to have to discipline myself though, since I'll want some to mature for seeds.

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The other pea variety I'm growing is "Bijou", which is a sugarsnap type which I'm promised has 7-inch long pods. In fact, everything about this variety is large – even the leaves! These also have beautiful, bicolour, purple flowers.

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Peas and French beans are self-pollinating, so there's no need for bees to visit them and there's very little chance of accidental cross-pollination occuring since the anther and stamen are inaccessible. As an experiment I've taken pollen from each variety and used it to (hopefully) polintate the other in the hope of procuring a large-podded, yellow sugarspap variety. Rebsie Fairholm's website Daughter of the Soil has loads of information about breeding vegetables and is a wonderful (but alas no longer updated) resource.
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2013-05-26 02:45 am

It's planting-out time again...

The garden looks particularly lovely this time of the year, especially since the weather decided to edge the thermometers back above the ten-degree mark. On Thursday, I looked out from my bedroom to see the lilac in its full glory. You can also see that I've been busy with building stuff, more of which later.

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My garden has lots of bluebells, which my father planted to brighten up the drab spaces. There are both Spanish and English types, and even some pink and white ones scattered around in odd corners. They look particularly good in the morning, with contre-jour lighting:

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Inside, the tomato and bean plants have been growing quite tall, and were clearly longing to get their roots into some good, warm soil. Here are the windowsill crew looking wistfully out of the windows:

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So I decided to get busy and plant them out, but not before building the tomato shelter. I've been a little more adventurous than the usual sheets of polythene tied to poles. I bought nine bent cane supports from a pound shop, about a mile of string and I used the sheeting from last year to construct a mini-greenhouse. The point is to keep off the rain, which can lead to late blight infection if the plants remain wet for long periods. I planted out the plants today after their week's hardening off period; hopefully we won't now get a series of hard frosts that will send me scurrying out to protect my babies:

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Remember the rascally rabbit I wrote about last time? To stop it munching its way through my entire stock of pea plants I built a fence around 'Midsummer' plot:

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The rabbit actually disappeared for a few days; I hardly saw it last week but it appeared again today as healthy as ever. It's acting much more like a wild rabbit now and it's more wary of my presence. Perhaps the local cats have been chasing it around! I think it's a doe anyway, it has that cute, 'butter-wouldn't-melt' look that only females can muster! The final picture shows some of the damage it did; the plants in the centre and lower right are the youngest and obviously the most tender. Luckilly they've just started to recover, putting out new leaves.

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Tomorrow, I'll plant out the rest of my French beans inside the 'Midsummer' cage, then I'll sit back and watch my bountious harvest develop...
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2013-05-15 03:02 am
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Dang wascally wodent...

On Saturday last, whilst looking through my kitchen window, I saw a rabbit sitting in the garden. I went out to look closer; it didn't run off as soon as it saw me, but waited until I was about 4 feet away, which told me it was somebody's pet. It couldn't get past my southern neighbour's fence and it couldn't get out into the allotments. Hoping it would find its own way home, I went about my business until late afternoon.

But it was still there, munching away happily on my grass, so I knocked on a few doors. A woman seven doors down turned out to be the owner; she'd bought it in November as a "house rabbit", but it wrecked her house so she built it a run in the garden – obviously not very successfully. She came up to my garden but neither of us could catch the bloody thing; apparently it's called "Binky" – I'd run away if somebody called me that! That night I was chatting over the fence to an allotment holder who has killed thousands of rabbits; he saw it and said it was a wild rabbit. However it probably wouldn't survive for very long in the wild.

By Sunday, it had found my growing pea plants and was munching away on them. There's not much I can do about this apart from shooing it off. The allotment holder said he'd lend me a live trap but hasn't, so I erected a barrier around part of the "Midsummer" plot from glass and boards which seems to work. I was hoping that without access to the peas it would get bored or hungry and go elsewhere but it got to work on my strawberry plants. I can't keep it off the strawberries because the plot is too large and I don't have anything to surround it with. So I took to shooing it off – where's Elmer Fudd when you need him?

Yesterday it was still around. Clearly frustrated by the lack of pea access it had somehow got through the southern neighbour's fence and was busy exploring their garden. I couldn't block up the access to my garden because they have a dog, which is usually let out each evening. As it happens I was cutting the lawn when their French door opened. A few minutes later, the rabbit came shooting through a tiny gap in the fence, straight across my garden and under the hedge! I'd never seen it move so quickly, even when I shooed it off. I didn't see it today so hopefully it's found its way home and learnt that it's better off there! However I'm not taking any chances; the pea fence will remain for a while at least. Now if only it could be taught to eat dandelions, slugs and snails...
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
2013-04-29 06:25 am
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A quick wander around the garden...

I promised I'd finally post some images of my garden - and here they are! I took these with my rubbish mobile phone camera since it's the only decent-ish digital camera of mine that works. But since I don't want to break your page or make you wait 3 hours for the pictures, you can click the thumbnails for larger images. It's not painful, really...

So this is the view from my bedroom window looking almost due east. First we can see the beautifully-manicured lawns tended each and every night by 300 elves from Fairyland. Would I lie to you?

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From about the 9 o'clock position above the path is "Lawn", the first imaginitively-named veggie patch. At 10 o'clock we see the eucalyptus tree , and just beyond that is the grapevine.

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At 11 o'clock, just right of the yellow forsythia and my compost bin is "Strawberry" with the garlic growing amongst the primroses and (gasp) strawberry plants! Just beyond the compost bin is the rhubarb. All along the back fence are the raspberry canes, and in the little dip is "Raspberry" patch.

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At about 1 o'clock behind the plum tree are "Bonfire" and "Midsummer" patches. Behind these glass panes I'm growing mangetout peas; the glass has done an excellent job of sheltering the plants from the wind, frost and snow.

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Between the plum and the lilac trees lies "West of the Plum Tree" patch. Somewhere under that Northamptonshire clay lies a bevvy of spuds waiting to sprout forth. On the left is the blackcurrant bush where I was found as a wee sprog. I know it's usually a gooseberry bush but I wanted to be different!
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Then, more lawn, the lovely flowering currant and not-so-lovely holly tree.

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So if you've ever lain awake at 3 am wondering what my garden looks like—now you know! See I told you it wasn't painful!