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my peas never flowered’

I sowed peas and they have grown very well they are about 2ft high now but they never flowered hence no pods so what went wrong this never happened before. lizdurk, broadford, Co Kildare Posted: 24/07/2011


Either they have not flowered yet or they made flowers but shed them at the bud stage due to some setback.

Sounds like they have not flowered yet due to vigorous leafy growth.


mildew on mange tout

My mangetout plants,although still cropping well,have contracted mildew.When finished cropping,can I put them on the compost heap? Jack.., Dundrum, Co Dublin Posted: 15/08/2010


Yes, in general, it relatively safe to place tops of vegetables with disease on a compost heap but not those with root diseases. The former break down mostly, while the latter may not.


What`s eating my plants?

I planted young pea plants in a raised bed and returned the next day to find most were eaten. I covered the remaing plants with plastic bottles for protection leaving the tops open for ventilation but still the plants were eaten.I thought at first it might be snails but there were no slime trails .Could the culprits be ants? I have lot of tomato plants I intend to plant in the bed and naturally I am a bit concerned. Any ideas? KilmacudPaul, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 23/05/2009


The likely culprit is slugs or snails feeding at night. Slime trails would be the usual confirmation but sometimes a light shower of rain takes these away.

It is dfinitely not ants.

Tomato plants will be eaten too so a close watch needs to be kept.

  Problem with peas

Problem with peas

Hi Gerry, I have been sowing peas for years and have never had a problem but this year I think they are being attacked by birds because all the little shoots coming up are being broken off and it looks like the pea itself is being eaten. I have put up CD's on twine to try and scare them off but nothing is working. They have my heart broke as they are pulling all of them up. What is your suggestion? josephine_byrne, Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny Posted: 06/04/2009


This sounds like birds alright. Pigeons graze the tops and crows can pull out the seeds.

No alternative but to cover with netting until the pea plants are about 15cm , when the attack will stop and pea sticks need to be put in place.



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