Beans in flower

24 Mar

March-4th Week

Mr Middleton says : If you are not successful with onions, grow shallots. They are an excellent substitute, and much easier to grow’.

1. Last chance for good digging.- Those who did not succeed in digging most of the garden before Christmas, and have since been held up by the bad weather, should press on without delay. Land dug early breaks down easily when forked and produces a good sowing tilth. It is much more difficult on land just turned over.

We haven’t had any significant rain now for some weeks with temperatures reaching 18c and the ground remains perfect for sowing seeds, transplanting lettuce and planting onions and potatoes. Of course, there is never enough time to do all of these things and the forecast for tomorrow is for heavy rain. I have covered a bed that l am using as my seed bed so that should remain in good condition. The other beds just need forking over and the dreaded weeds removing before they set seed.

The broad beans l sowed last Autumn are now in flower! They have proved just how hardy these plants can be with all the snow, frost and bitterly cold Northly winds we have had. Hopefully it won’t be long before l am picking the first of the new broad beans.

In the unheated greenhouse my peas are romping away and will need transplanting next week, along with more lettuce. Leeks are a bit slow but are now emerging. What with the clocks going forward this weekend the growing season is well and truly with us. How are you doing in your garden?


Posted by on March 24, 2010 in March, The garden


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8 responses to “Beans in flower

  1. Miranda

    March 25, 2010 at 12:18

    What variety of broadbean is that? Is it a Martock?

    • trevorhunt

      March 25, 2010 at 13:04

      They are just the good old-fashioned Autumn sowing ‘Aquadulce’ variety. I haven’t come across Martock. Who sells them?

  2. Miranda

    March 25, 2010 at 13:24

  3. Miranda

    March 25, 2010 at 13:39

    PS – the article says they are ‘very prone’ to blackfly, but I found Martocks to be less prone than other varieties.

    • trevorhunt

      March 25, 2010 at 21:00

      Thank you for sharing that with me Miranda. I never knew there was so much information stored on a single type of bean! Fascinating! I might be giving them a try next year.

  4. Miranda

    March 26, 2010 at 09:38

    Drop me a line if you want some, I have some to spare.

    • trevorhunt

      March 27, 2010 at 08:49

      Thanks Miranda. As l live in France l don’t expect you to cover the postage costs but l could have them sent to a friend in the UK who is coming out here soon. If you give me an email address l will forward on the address. Thanks again and hope you are able to get into your garden this weekend.

  5. Miranda

    March 27, 2010 at 11:09

    It’s miranda at wildchicken dot com. I really like this bean and often give some away.

    I hope we can get out this weekend too – the weather here has been miserable and there is sleet and snow in the forecast for next week…


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