Oslo Garden

A blog about gardening in Oslo, Norway


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All seedlings go in

This morning I planted the last of the vegetable seedlings into the school beds. I’d been raising them in root trainers which has produced some reasonably strong root systems, so hopefully they’ll do well. So far I like using the root trainers.

The sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, will go in next to the edible peas and will add some lovely colour and fragrance to the beds. Plus they’ll help to attract pollinators. I had intended to grow more beans in this spot that would have intertwined with the Lathyrus but I’ve decided to grow the rest of the batch in a pot at home instead so that I can compare how they turn out in each position. My pots sit against a south-west facing wall, which I think has it’s own little warm sheltered micro climate (though it wasn’t immune to the fierce winds we had lately) so it’ll be interesting to see how the beans fair there compared to these on this site. Here are the school ones with signs of new leaf growth so they’re still holding on…just! The end of the relentless wind and arrival of warmer weather has no doubt helped.P1010850The edible peas are thriving and have not been adversely affected by any lashing rain or cooler temperatures recently.P1010852Chard, carrot and lettuce all growing well.

A picture of the how the school kitchen garden looks overall today.P1010853

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Easy Peasy!

Fresh, crunchy peas picked straight from the plant are absolutely delicious and growing pea plants is a great idea where space is a premium. I’m planting some Ambrosia peas today, a sugar pea variety that grows to about 70cm high and doesn’t sprawl. If you harvest the pods while they’re still young, you can eat them as a mangetout pea, pod and all.

P1010794I’m using Root trainers, but another great cheap alternative is to use old toilet rolls! They’re long and slim which is ideal for peas. Just fill with soil and, using your finger, make a hole about one inch in depth. Place two pods in each pot and cover with soil. Water them then put them on a sunny window sill covered with a plastic bag. This maintains a constantly warm environment, like a mini greenhouse, until the pods germinate.

P1010795Keep the soil from drying out by moistening it with a mister (convert an old spray bottle is the easiest way)  Once the little shoots appear, remove the plastic cover.  When the seedlings have grown to be a few inches high with around four or five sets of leaves pinch out the top of the stem and this will encourage more growth from the sides and make for nice bushy plants with lots of flowers and therefore yummy peas.