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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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The start of 2010 peas.

08 December 2009 20:05:45
First peas.

First peas.

Has been cold and sometimes on the wet side here today.I took a quick look in the seed room first thing this morning to check on the new sown tomatoes and also the peas sown there on the first of December.Still no show of the tomatoes but in the last few days the tray of peas have come on quite well.Just over a week and 90% of the tray have all come good.Maybe Santa might like to bring some home with him and send back some good weather in return.


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fran m fran m 08 December 2009 20:15:05

What type of pea are they John, and when would you expect plant them out, or are they for the tunnel?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 December 2009 20:20:24

Fran they are first earlies by the name Feltham First.Grow only about 1.5 feet Hope to get them out late January of at all costs in early February into the tunnell and moved on from there.


J.D. J.D. 08 December 2009 20:25:22

Thanks John, you have just reminded me to sow my tomato 'Alicante' seeds. I will do that at the weekend, hopefully.


Clara Clara 08 December 2009 21:11:03

Oh Jacinta you will be busy at the weekend good work as usual john you are first with the new peas


Myrtle Myrtle 08 December 2009 21:19:51

Isnt it lovely to see the little shoots peeping up!


AitAlainn AitAlainn 08 December 2009 21:27:07

Was just looking at your reusables album - what are french wells?


Clara Clara 08 December 2009 21:31:12

Love the photos great ideas thanks


Mairin Mairin 08 December 2009 21:38:09

Oh, new growth!  Great that you share with us so now we know we should be getting a move on. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 December 2009 22:18:16

Thank you all,

AitAlainn,the French wells are made up of old 2 litre bottle with the bottom cut off them.When this if buried in the ground with only the tip of the bottle showing that is where the water will be given.Especially on a real dry sunny day when the ground is hard,this will allow the water head straight to the roots without been held up and also at a rapid pace.


milkchurns milkchurns 08 December 2009 23:35:22

ha john. i cant belive it. for once since i jointed this site i am a step ahead of you. i have my pea's sowed and transplanted into their beds. i hope this doesnt back fire on me.


AitAlainn AitAlainn 09 December 2009 00:06:20

That is the same principle as pot watering then, John. I use pots in the tunnel with my tomatoes, but the 2 lt cartons would reach much deeper than the pots I use. Good tip!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 December 2009 17:24:50

Good luck with the peas Paul.No need to worry about them going to backfire on you.You have them on very well and along with that,has great knowledge on veg growing.Fair play to you. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 December 2009 17:37:47

You are correct AitAlainn,the same principle all right.I picked that tip up while over in America.Looking at some of the gardens i also noticed the use of French wells.They work the same only it will be flower pots buried almost to the tip and filled with stones.I will add a picture of one in place later in the week.


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