Nature vs Nurture

Over the past month, if not longer, we have been nurturing peas, beans, onions and garlic in our back garden. These have been growing in cardboard tubes, egg boxes and small plant pots. To date they have been protected from: our cats and their friends; Duster our parents bouncy dog; mobs of starlings; curious blackbirds; and the changable weather including strong winds. It is the winds that have caused us to replant the toilet rolls a few times as they’ve blown around the garden. Despite all this our nurturing protection has paid off and there are signs of growth but now we feel the time has come to transplant into the allotment. This has led to more worries though, how will we protect them when we are not directly with them 24/7? At the moment on the plot we have some beans and peas protected by a crude chicken wire tunnel but will this be sufficient? Do we need to invest in netting? What type of  netting? How should we use the netting? I feel maybe we should have paid more attention to, The Great Allotment Challenge. What do you use? How do you continue to Nurture in Nature? 

On another subject yesterday saw the forth bolt put into the base of our greenhouse. Drilling into paving slabs have proved almost impossible for our  little cordless hammer drill, at times we’ve only managed to drill half a hole (much hilarity has been had over this) before having to plug in for a 5 hour charge. But, now that the base is down one more full day should see the greenhouse erected. Fingers crossed. 

2 thoughts on “Nature vs Nurture

  1. It sounds like the seedlings might have less to contend with at the allotment! What predators do you think are out hunting at the lotty??

    I have some fancy aluminium D frames with butterfly netting (both from Harrods horticulture) to protect my brassicas and last year I kept the pigeons off our young pea plants with a cage of twiggy sticks.

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  2. What’s going on? Some of the onions we planted have lost there brown outer skin, they still have green healthy looking leaves but no brown outer skin. I also noticed that a couple with no outer skin have been nibble a little. We have a fine net over the crop to stop known pests. What is causing this problem? What is eating our onions without an invite? Help please.

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