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'what have I planted this week!'
Tue 15-Feb-11
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Went into green house today and my broad beans have sprouted - hurray, nice healthy looking shoots, just need to keep the chickens off them now. sweet peas still look a bit pathetic. Garlic, which is still in pots is coming along at a fair old rate.

Wed 16-Feb-11
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Sowed my broad beans in November and they came up quickly - with flowers in December! But they have all withered and died since then steam

 

Yesterday sowed a lot of half hardy annuals - still following the Biodynamic calendar so it's leafy vegetables today! Had great results last year when I stuck to the calendar.

Wed 16-Feb-11
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What has happened to my broad beans? I planted the seed a couple of weeks ago and they sprouted in a heated propagator, no problem. I then figured that as the seed packet said you could plant the seed directly outside at this time of year that I would put my new seedlings outside in an unheated grow house during the day but still bringing them indoors at night. I now notice that the new growth has black tips to the leaves, is this because it is too cold for them in the grow house? 

Wed 16-Feb-11
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Aparently it is slush that they don't like...mine are under polythene in the garden at -5 to -10 and doing OK as we speak.....and I'm the novice and broad beans are not even recognised here in BG...surprisedsurprised

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Wed 16-Feb-11
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It has been that cold here in the uk, but not at the moment. Perhaps someone else will come along with what could be wrong with my broad beans.  Still plenty of time to grow some more but I need to know what I'm doing wrong first.  I've planted Marigolds, Dahlias, and Calabrese seed as well and they are doing well kept cossetted in the house. I'm still waiting for my Sugar Snap Peas to sprout, I had great success with them last year.

Fri 18-Feb-11
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Don't know what's wrong with the broad beans, sorry .

Elsa have you tried looking for fava bean, which is what broad beans are sometimes called - remember hannibal lecter and his fava beans...

Just a quick excited note...my salad greens that I planted in modules on Sunday are already through, wow...also the thyme is just showing, ooh it's such fun. then I see the weather forecast, and snow is due this weekend. bloody hell.

Sat 19-Feb-11
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Did you get snow Janet?  I know someone in Sheffield was complaining about it earlier.

I'll try that again!

Sat 19-Feb-11
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Terrier said:

Elsa have you tried looking for fava bean, which is what broad beans are sometimes called " remember hannibal lecter and his fava beans¦


 Fa, fa, fa with a little chiante¦..no the beans came from England¦it's just that the locals don't have broad beans as we know them.  I had to get out my book and show them the pictures.
When I planted them it was a shake of the head and a 'no¦they'll come to nothing, wrong time of the year' (in Bulgarian of course) and they even shake the head the wrong way just to confuse.  Side to side means 'yes', up and down 'no' which is really confusing.  Well my beans from England are doing fine much to their chagrin¦whistlewhistle

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Sat 19-Feb-11
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The broad beans I planted earlier in the year haven't broken the surface yet but I accidently unearthed one while I was weeding and it had germinated, so fingers crossed...

According to Monty Don in the Daily Mail, it's the right time to plant sweet peas, so I'll probably have a go at planting some of those tomorrow. I'm trying to be a bit more organised this year so I went through all my seed packets this morning and made a note of what needs planting when.

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Sat 19-Feb-11
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my broad beans are in modules under cover in the green house, so that's maybe why they are through, they were planted in January.

The sweet peas are coming up - in grow tubes and loo roll middles, but they are a bit pathetic.

TA, yes we did have snow, - see 'what's you weather like' - wouldn't want to go off topic and get sporked...(he he)

Sat 19-Feb-11
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I tried making pots out of newspaper but managed to put my finger straight through them when wet. Maybe need to use a double layer although I did read somewhere that the roots have trouble growing through when planted in the ground. I used loo rolls last year and although the seeds were ok, they did take quite a while to get going once planted out in the garden. Thats why I tried newspaper this year. I think I'll stick to pots and trays.

Tue 22-Feb-11
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Yesterday I put begonias into trays of compost to get them started, there are little pink buds showing already. I also potted up a loads of cuttings I took from some pelargoniums that one of my customers has kept on her conservatory all winter.

Today I have potted up some cuttings/prunings from clematis, I hope they take, but won't hold my breath.

Wed 23-Feb-11
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i'd given up on newspaper pots and loo rolls as i found them getting mouldy all the time and didn't want the seedlings 'dampening off'. i've always been careful about not watering them too wet, but somehow, i've always had this problem. has anyone had this before, and if not, how do i overcome this?

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Wed 23-Feb-11
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you can get some stuff, which is a pretty purple colour that you add to the water and it prevents damping off - or at least reduces it, I think it's called bordeaux mix or something. I've also heard about putting perlite or vermiculite on top of compost after sowing, which is supposed to help

Wed 23-Feb-11
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my newspaper 'pots' always go mouldy too. I try to leave small gaps between them to let the air circulate around but it doesn't seem to make much difference.

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