The pea attack culprits are definitely rodents! No pigeon could possible get through our Fort Knox netting and we’ve lost about 60% of the 2nd lot of peas planted a fortnight ago. They seem to take them when the sprouting pea is about an inch high and eat the pea seed from the bottom, discarding the rest.
So it was time to dig out the paraffin, give the replacement pea seeds a soak and get them in the ground. This is meant to stop the mice (or bank voles possibly) eating the seeds, as they are not too partial to the taste of the paraffin. I’ll let you know if it’s a success. And if this doesn’t work, we’ll be back to growing them at home and transplanting. So much for my labour and time saving plans!
Did I mention we had … RAIN? Late in the afternoon of the Royal Wedding Day, the skies grew dark and we heard the rumble of thunder approaching. Although heavy, it only lasted for an hour or so, but it clearly refreshed the allotment and we swear some of the plants had grown overnight!
Most of this weekend’s activity was given over to planting. More beetroot and perpetual spinach were sown and the first wave of lettuce and brassicas are in the ground.
Back here at allotment central, more seeds were sown in modules and the tomato plants potted on. The tomatoes have now been promoted from the window ledges to the plant house. With a frost expected this evening, we’ll have to remember to bed them down for the night.
Having cleared the windows sills of the tomatoes, they are once again full up with plant pots! This time it’s the Cosse Violette French beans which are being cosseted.
I’d never thought about growing French Beans until we had our allotment. Even then, they were an impulse buy. I was wandering round Lidl (great place to buy ground coffee for espresso!) and happened to spot them on a seed display.
The seeds were obviously not of British origin. The instructions on the packet clearly stated … not to be planted before May 10th! Four years on this still amuses us. Is May 10th a significant day in the bean calendar? What happens if we get a frost on May 11th? Anything’s possible here in Chipping Norton.