I have never been sure about this method of growing peas which you sow in halved drainpipes then when they are up you slide compost and peas into a prepared trench. But since I found I had the drain pipes I am having a go. I managed to get some hazel nut branches to provide support as they climb and will put them between the two rows. But my main concern is the badger that has been caught on an infra-red camera visiting the allotment at night. I suspected a badger last summer when the peas and mange tout were eaten followed by the ripe sweetcorn later in the summer when the entire row was dragged to the ground. On-line research says that badgers are put off by male urine (not female) so I am equipped with a substantial jar of said deterrent and will water it in when the peas appear and report back.
An hour later and the peas are in the ground and to my excitement the asparagus bed is showing signs of a substantial crop for the first time since planting five years ago. I just hope the badger dislikes asparagus in the way he clearly hates purple sprouting brocolli.
The grass Luzula nivea is a big favourite partly because it’s evergreen, survives in total shade and looks good all year but mostly because in spring it produces these very fine flower-heads. I mixed the flowers with some green flowering hellebore to keep the tone subdued and this is the third day after cutting. The stems of the hellebore are seared on a gas flame for 90 seconds immediately after picking which keeps them upright.