The Land Rover Owners Wife


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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Oregon Sugar Pod
Sown indoors: 21st April2013
First Seedling: 26th April 2013
Germination: 5 days

I have now started this post three times and devoutly hope it will be a case of third time lucky. I have never had as much trouble with growing Mangetout, as I have this year and I have grown it successfully for 3 years now. First sowing was in the wrong compost and failed miserably. Second sowing did much better but as they grew taller, they folded in on themselves, for some reason and ended up with such huge creases in their stems that all but 2 have perished. I haven’t changed my growing technique at all, so I really have no idea as to why this happened. So here we go with batch number 3:

Mangetout - newly emerged

Mangetout – newly emerged

6 days old

6 days old

2 months old

6 weeks old

Now at 2 months old, the first flowers are about to open

Mangetoutand here they are 5 days later, fully open.

Mangetout2.5 months and we’re picking mangetout on a daily basis.

Mangetout  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Mangetout

The Mangetout have certainly recovered from the earlier pigeon attacks and we are picking around 2 dozen pods per day at the moment.


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