Leafyleith's Blog

April 29, 2009

Radish Result

Filed under: Gardening Year 1 — by leafyleith @ 8:47 pm
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This is my new lean-to growhouse complete with geraniums, marigolds, sweetpeas and various sleeping herbs. Got some plug plants a few days ago and have been busy potting them on. 

Not sure how the geraniums are doing as they were looking a bit sorry for themselves tonight. But I suppose I’d be feeling a bit sorry for myself if I’d just arrived from the warm Guernsey sun.

I’ve just been for a garden tour and I am pleased to announce that the radishes have pushed through. I’ve been getting a bit anxious about my seeds, you see. It’s been a bit cold of late and I thought I’d been a bit premature with my sowings, but tonight my spirits are lifted.


I thought it might have been down to the polytunnel, but in actual fact the seeds have sprouted outside the tunnel as well. The gardening books do say radishes are easy to grow and this appears to be the case at Leafyleith.

Fingers crossed the beetroot, carrots, lettuce, parsley and dill make an appearance soon.

I am also taking part in a pea trial for the RHS to test out sugar-snap peas and mange tout. The packets arrived through the post last week, so I really need to get my act together and get them into the ground. Unfortunately there are over 500 of the blighters and the space at Leafyleith just isn’t big enough, but will have a go and see what happens.


Cats have moved off the veg patch (thanks to polytunnel extraordinare) but are now crapping by the compost heap. I’ve planted some Cat Shoo plants in their new ‘litter tray’ to spoil their fun. I’ve tried coffee grinds, half empty bottles of water, orange peel, you name it. Cat Shoo is my last resort. I don’t think I’m ever going to get rid of them now.


  1. It looks like you’re doing a great job despite the cold weather. We’re having cool and very rainy periods of moisture – inches of rains. We’re quit trying to plant for now! And I’ve ton of seeds to plant. Today I posted on my blog a still life image I did of some pink geraniums. Drop by and “smell the flowers”

    Comment by Martha — May 1, 2009 @ 7:02 pm |Reply

  2. hi honey, garden looking great! I managed to deter the neighbourhood cats with one of those infra-red detector thingys, worked a treat. My main problem at the moment is with slugs and snails, they hate my chicory (too bitter for them, am only growing it for the beautiful blue flowers) but love my phlox, and demolished the petunias. Am trying a combination of chicken wire and slug pellets. x

    Comment by helen in twickenham — May 3, 2009 @ 5:24 pm |Reply

    • I’ve been quite impressed with those copper slug bangle things. The snails congregate around them but they don’t cross over. Obviously not so good if you have lots of plants but worth a try around some of your favourites. Also have you heard of nemotopes or nemotodes? You water them in and they prey on the slugs. Don’t order too large a pack cause they are living organisms and only last a couple of weeks. Good luck!

      Comment by leafyleith — May 3, 2009 @ 7:41 pm |Reply

  3. garden looks fab! all you need now is a planter from father hutcheon. keep up the good work.

    Comment by sluggy in the 'stow — May 5, 2009 @ 3:52 pm |Reply

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