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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:41 pm 
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From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_pea

Toxicity

Unlike the edible pea, there is evidence that seeds of members of the genus Lathyrus, including sweet pea, are toxic if ingested in quantity. A related species, Lathyrus sativus, is grown for human consumption but when it forms a major part of the diet it causes symptoms of toxicity called lathyrism. However, as Lathyrus odoratus seeds are rarely ingested by humans in any quantity, there is little information on their toxicity to humans. However, sweet pea ingestion is thought to lead to similar symptoms, which have been called "odoratism", or "sweet pea lathyrism"[2].

In studies of rats, animals fed a diet of 50% sweet pea seeds developed enlarged adrenals relative to control animals fed on edible peas [3]. The main effect is thought to be on the formation of collagen. Symptoms are similar to those of scurvy and copper deficiency, which share the common feature of inhibiting proper formation of collagen fibrils. Seeds of the sweet pea contain beta-aminopropionitrile that prevents the cross-linking of collagen by inhibiting lysyl oxidase, leading to loose skin. Recent experiments have attempted to develop this chemical as a treatment to avoid disfiguring skin contractions after skin grafting [4].


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:40 pm 
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Yep, definitely toxic
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:13 pm 
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30ish elephant garlic bits now under the ground.
Still have the 2 other types to plant once I find some more space.
Got 2 Saffron bulbs to plant as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:24 pm 
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Potatoes went in today. Layed a lot of cardboard over some green manure. Used bales of hay(6) to make a rectangle. Put a few bags of potting mix with some dynamic lifter. One bag of spuds and more soil. :joy:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:08 pm 
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One bag of spuds? sounds like a lot... were they seed potatoes or just normal from the supermarket type potatoes?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:43 pm 
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These were seed potatoes.

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One bag of spuds? sounds like a lot...


You got to plant the whole bag. :hello:

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Still have the 2 other types to plant once I find some more space.

Duff, I've just planted a whole lot of garlic. I couldn't rid my Lotsa Lemons tree of mealy bugs - I reckon there were eggs in the soil, so I've planted garlic all around not far from the trunk. It seems to have worked - they obviously have a high sense of smell, or taste. Anyway, I've now done the same with all ten of my citrus trees and so far I'm happy with the result.

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Garlic or chives we had roses at the farm for 15 years chives around the bottom and not a bug to be seen


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:53 am 
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The only thing that eats the garlic so far is the dog. And he spits it out after biting it. But he tries the next one anyway. :crazy:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:32 am 
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Yeah - my kelpie, despite usually being pretty smart, is a bit like that with bees - no idea why :crazy:

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Dogs are like there owners :crazy: :lol:

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Bugger - was hopin' you wouldn't make the connection. :P

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Today I planted seed potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and purple carrots. They should go well with the cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and eggplant that I planted a month ago.

Also added some more bok choi to the AP system, harvested some the other day so I had a spot to fill.

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jerusalem artichokes, Broccoli, globe artickokes and purple spuds.

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I'll have to give the Garlic and Chives a go, lost most of last years crop to bugs, Tomato's and Butternut Pumpkin were the only thing that went well.


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