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The raising of Lathyrus [20100420|15:09]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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So I saw this episode of Gardener's World a couple of months ago - why yes, I have turned into a middle-aged British person - and I decided I simply must plant several varieties of sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) in our garden this year. I obtained three types: the old-fashioned, small and strongly scented; the large-flowered but unscented Spencers and the moderns, which have large and scented flowers. I planted the seeds two or three to a pot, figuring on a 50% return. I was wrong.

Week 0 to Week 6, pot view


It turns out that when you follow the instructions given on a gardening programme, things actually grow. I wish I'd been more diligent about photographing these from the same vantage points every seven days. I vow to improve my documentary techniques, to complement the bloke's gardening notes.

Week 0 to Week 6, cold frame view


In the three trays of sweet pea pots above, you can see that nearly all the Spencers and moderns came up in the two trays on the left. Sadly, the old-fashioneds in the tray on the right didn't fare as well, although a few are catching up now since they seem to be slower to germinate. Perhaps their tray simply got too wet, because the ground underneath the cold frame isn't level.

Planting, Week 0


I spent a significant portion of last weekend hunting down nice straight elder branches, stripping them and making climbing frames for the sweet peas. I planted them on Sunday afternoon and checked them anxiously last night. So far they've weathered the predations of passing snails and slugs, but I suspect a bowl of beer in the centre of each teepee might be in order for the next couple of weeks. I don't know how to keep the cats from drinking it, however.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-04-20 15:19 (UTC)
If you Google for Slug Pub you'll find various suggestions for making ones which slugs can get into, but small nosey cats can't!

One I saw involved cutting the top off of a large carbonated drinks bottle, inverting it, and placing it back on top. The cone so produced allows slugs to get in, without any risk of moggies getting sozzled.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-22 12:45 (UTC)
I had one of those "I love living in the future" moments when I read your comment. Because 15 years ago, "Google for Slug Pub" would not have been a comprehensible instruction.

Note to self: drink more lemonade.
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From: pbristow
2010-04-21 22:01 (UTC)
"The raising of Lathyrus"

Hee hee! I see wot U did thar. =:o>
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-22 12:46 (UTC)
Ahaha, thank you for noticing. I was wondering if anyone else would find it funny.
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[User Picture]From: giles
2010-05-15 05:02 (UTC)
Now I have the Ground Force theme stuck in my head.

My daughter caught a slug the other day. Her hand was covered in bright orange mucus. I did an elaborate performance piece centered around sneezing on the ground and then sliding around in it to try and instill some sense of disgust in her. (Failed!)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-21 21:43 (UTC)
I can see why that wouldn't work. How many more slugs have you been brought since?
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[User Picture]From: giles
2010-05-28 03:13 (UTC)
No more slugs thus far. Lots of worms though. Explaining the concept of death has not helped with regard to "The worm needs to go in the dirt or he will dry up and get sick and die" conversations. It's always something like, "No, dis worm loves me, he wants to go in dis little wooden house."
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