Sunday, 31 July 2011

The story so far (month 3)

Hello bloggers. I've been away so much this month, it's all a bit quiet from me. Here's a little round-up of what's been going on.

There's been a little harvest! Unfortunately I think that any harvests I will have will be little. My peas have been producing the most output of anything here, but still not that much. One of my bean plants has not produced any beans yet. Loads of flowers but no beans. Boo.

Look at these little beauties! They are so sweet and tasty. I love them!

However, all is not well on the balcony. Look at my peas...they are covered in white fungus the leaves are dying from the bottom up. I'm heartbroken! I love my peas - the flowers were beautiful and the peas were so tasty. I think I am going to have to throw them away.

They have actually gone downhill a lot over the weekend since I took this photo. All but the top leaves are yellow now and the leaves and pods have white mould on them. Sob! I don't think I can save them now but if anyone has any tips as to what I've done wrong here I would really appreciate it. Personally I am going to blame it on the neighbours :)

Here's something nice though. I read Martin's blog at The Good Life where he had a pepper which didn't germinate until he put it in the greenhouse. I have 4 yellow peppers which also wouldn't germinate, so a week or so ago I moved them to the sunniest windowsill we have, and look what's happened...

One out of 4! Thanks for the tip guys. It's a real shame about my peas, but you live and learn. The tomatoes are STILL green, but don't worry - you'll be the first to know when they're edible!

I hope you all had great weekends :)


  1. Hi Rachel, so glad you've had some success with your peas and beans. Don't be too disheartened by the peas though. It's all part of the learning curve. Fungus would suggest something being too wet, I think. Again, Martin may have the answer. The first year I grew tomatoes, I planted them too close together and they got blight. I lost the whole lot, not a single tomato grew. Good luck with the pepper plants. Lesley x

  2. Good luck with the chilli! So glad to hear that it germinated!

    I absolutely love reading all of your installments, your determination is admirable.

    Those peas and beans look great!

    Happy Harvesting!

    Martin :0)