A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there is 1 user online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» What are you harvesting today?
by FloBear Yesterday at 6:06 pm

» Seed Banks and reliable suppliers
by Chilli-head 19th November 2017, 9:05 pm

» No-dig gardening & weed control
by freebird 17th November 2017, 5:10 pm

» Homemade onion sets
by freebird 17th November 2017, 7:50 am

» Autumn sowing in the November Garden
by Chilli-head 8th November 2017, 12:10 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by FloBear 6th November 2017, 7:11 pm

» New arrivals
by FloBear 5th November 2017, 4:26 pm

» Wrapping up in the October garden
by freebird 30th October 2017, 12:41 pm

» Excellent publication
by Dandelion 18th October 2017, 5:07 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Chilli-head 15th October 2017, 8:46 pm

» Masaledar Sem (spicy green beans)
by freebird 15th October 2017, 8:08 pm

» Autumn planting vegetables
by freebird 7th October 2017, 12:58 pm

» Greek village bread
by Chilli-head 5th October 2017, 1:57 pm

» Passata machine
by Ploshkin 4th October 2017, 12:21 pm

» Bad press for woodburners
by freebird 29th September 2017, 7:20 pm

» Reflections on the seaon 2017
by freebird 28th September 2017, 9:35 pm

» The September garden
by FloBear 21st September 2017, 8:59 pm

» Wildlife cameras
by FloBear 9th September 2017, 11:53 am

» whats on the menu
by Dandelion 5th September 2017, 10:10 pm

» Insect hotel
by FloBear 31st August 2017, 10:07 pm

Statistics
We have 634 registered users
The newest registered user is mailedusentials

Our users have posted a total of 44873 messages in 2331 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

Pea sticks

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default Pea sticks

Post by Chilli-head on 31st May 2015, 10:08 pm

I noticed today that a row of peas were emerging rather nicely at the allotment.  There are enough pidgeons about that they need some protection as well as support.  Having "pruned" a silver birch overhanging my plot earlier in the year, I have plenty of birch twigs to hand, so decided to use traditional pea sticks rather than plastic mesh:



This is just what my dad would have done; growing up in Sheffield there was a lot of birch around; it was grown for it's use in the steel industry - birch twigs are thrown onto hot steel during the milling process to release the mill scale fro the surface of the metal.  Birch is the material of choice for pea sticks for the same reason that they are the best for making a besom; the twigs remain flexible and don't go brittle and break as they dry out.

I find it interesting how former industry shapes the environment;  near here in Bedfordshire it on not birch, but poplar we have woods planted with - for the matchstick making industry.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2379
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum