BROAD BEANS

I was late last year with sowing my broad beans, I had to catch up with things and sow them in the spring. The usual time to sow them is in October/November.

I didn’t have any broad beans so Frank went to the market today and bought me some. The weather wasn’t too great in the morning but the afternoon got better I managed to sow some. I’ve decided to create small patches, using areas where I wouldn’t grow anything else, leaving large pieces of land for other things.

ALL IN ORDER

Amazing what a day of rain can do – it seems that everything has doubled in size. I thought I had the weeding under control but how wrong was I!!

There was nothing else but get down to it and weed….and weed again. As a result I have got very nice and regimented rows of carrots, beetroot and broad beans. Potatoes are usually in order but even the humble spuds are quite orderly.

The next job was to construct a couple of frames for my next year strawberry beds. I had this idea that I’d surround an area of land with planks of wood and next year I would grow strawberries there – much easier to protect – just throw a net over the whole structure.

I was lucky, my friend on the site had an asparagus bed that he no longer wanted. It was a quick job to dismantle the whole thing and install it on my plot! Exactly as I wanted!

 

NEW HARVEST

Despite the poor spring everything grew and prospered and today was the first day I harvested some broad beans and strawberries.

The beans have been sheltering in one of the raised beds and I’m sure that is the reason they did so well. This is only a fraction of what I’m going to get in the end.

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I had to start my strawberries again as the beds I had were over four years old and I could see that the harvests were getting smaller towards the end. I’m sure it was worth it. again, despite the weather the strawberries are sweet and juicy and it looks a bumper harvest. More jam, anybody?004