Sunday, November 27, 2011

Congratulations to this weeks winners!!

The winner for this week is Samantha Pickard. Earthworm Productions and Sprig blog would like to congratulate Samantha. Your signed copy will be on the way to you during the week. Follow this link to see the announcement Sprig Blog Winners

The Second lucky Winner is Nadia and the third is Julia.
Congratulations to Muffins who is the fourth and final winner of the competition.

Please contact earthworm productions to order your copies of the South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Win a signed copy of the South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide

Comment on this link Sprig Blog Competition and stand to WIN

Sprig Blog, together with Earthworm Productions, would like to introduce you to the South African Planting and Companion Planting Guide and give four lucky gardeners a signed copy! Just in time for Christmas.

Companion Planting is the art and science of growing groups of vegetables, herbs and flowers, to create a diverse, flourishing vegetable garden that sustains without pesticides and chemicals to control pests. Do it all naturally with Companion Planting.

Companion planting gives you an understanding of each plant in the organic garden, including information on which plants can be grown together successfully and which do not thrive with each other. The guide is full of information about plant companions and antagonists, tips and uses for each plant, as well as nutritional and herbal uses as well as information on when to plant.

It includes 142 plant species and over a 100 illustrations of plants which include a variety of common food, herb, fruit, flowers and indigenous plants. Companion Planting is designed to guide you on your learning journey about organic gardening and companion planting. It is simply laid-out and easy-to-read and is always there as a quick reference.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

green finger tips - all about peas

The pea seeds have germinated. In this photo you can see the two day old growth emerging next to the lettuce. The important thing about staking peas is that the stake must be branched. You will find that if you stake them on a straight pole they will not grip and you will have to tie them onto the stake.

After a few weeks the tendril begin to form and the pea looks for a stake to climb up. You can see the tendril realising that there is something to hold on to.

you can see the way the plant has moved towards the thinner part of the stake.

the pea finally found it's grip and is holding on. The first two photos of the pea taking hold were taken within an hour of each other. The third photo was taken the next morning.

Two days ago the peas started flowering. Waiting in anticipation now for the fruit to form.

UPDATE 20 November

Here is the first pea on the bush

the first pea in the hand

the first pea half eaten - so good!

on 6 dec - a handful of peas