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Give Peas A Chance

June 29, 2016

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It’s terribly tempting to snack on raw peas on the allotment …

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but this week I’ve resisted and a mushroom and pea risotto is planned.

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It’s so exciting to find the first tomatoes nestling on the plants in the pop-up greenhouse. I’ve been feeding with Tomorite every 2 weeks to give the plant the micro-nutrients needed.  Growing in the ground rather than in a grow-bag means a balanced feed is essential.

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The first squash has also emerged and the tips of the plant pinched out to stop it roaming and reducing the crop.

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Lychnis coronaria is looking great in the back lane and has been in flower for weeks.

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It’s a short-lived perennial but it does seed itself and responds well to division from March to May. I found several clumps on the allotment from a division in April and one of these was lifted out and gently separated at the roots. It made five new plants for the main garden and as a stalwart will contribute colour and height mid-summer next year.

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The mottled-leaf of the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) makes a great contribution to the smallest of vases. If picked when tiny the leaves add an intense peppery flavour to mixed salad leaves.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2016 10:48 am

    Your purple shelled peas look so beautiful, good enough to eat!

  2. June 29, 2016 10:54 am

    Yes they look as sweet as they taste.

  3. June 29, 2016 2:37 pm

    I always wondered if the peas were purple too.

  4. June 29, 2016 3:15 pm

    No but the pods leave the fingers stained purple so undeniable evidence when I scoff them on the allotment.

  5. July 3, 2016 10:20 pm

    I was thrilled to find Lychnis growing all over the allotments (nigella too!) as I almost bought a plant recently. Didn’t know you could divide them so I’ll get onto that next year. My tomatoes are all outside, sitting in pots, and only just pushing out flowers. I’m sorely tempted to shove them in my friend’s greenhouse even though it’s heavily shaded on one side – at least they’d be out of the rain!

  6. July 4, 2016 7:34 am

    Hi Caro

    I’m new to growing tomatoes and yesterday on the allotment they were sprawling and sweltering in my pop-up greenhouse. Order was resumed with much pruning of side shoots plus horizontal string to support the row and a huge soaking at the base.So unless you can water every day they are probably best left outside.

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