Broad beans went in last week, and I’ve now (yesterday) tied them up a little better as the droop wasn’t too appealing. Look strong ( if wonky), and the bees are clearly happy enough to pollinate.
Initial burst of courgettes has suffered a little from front, but most of leaves are fine. Four more planted, and I’ve now built a wigwam for the runners. Which, as you can see on the right, have stormed up since the weather turned warmer and moister.
Sweetcorn is now in as well. Everything in this bed started at home in a small plastic greenhouse as I’m hoping that should give them the best possible start. Theory that didn’t work with the sweet peas: planted 12, and only 3 seeds have come up. So I’ve planted them along one of of my bean supports to encourage pollination (well, to add some colour too).
Eagle-eyed viewers will see I’m using the low tech string approach to the runners: train the beans up string tied to a cross- beam. If it’s good enough for Hampton Court, it’s good enough for me. And if the sweet pea survivalists actually manage to put in any growth, I may experiment with string cordons too.
The eagle-eyed will also spot that the corn / runners are not doing the pucca 3 sisters thing with the beans growing up the sweetcorn. As the beans are taller than the sweetcorn it didn’t seem practical … Learning for next year, get the sweetcorn off to an earlier start.
Meanwhile Mick is incapable of keeping out of the action, even during Keef’s better solos. The chitted potatoes are poking through. Whoop-de-do!
No sign yet of the carrots or parsnips, but I have popped in the beetroot that had germinated.
Next task is to populate Brian with brassicas. Seed sowing into the plastic greenhouse, and then a fortnight later I hope to be planting out. And I really must remember not to plant all at one go. Half trays will be fine, different seeds each end. Oh, and salad onions; to help protect the carrots when they come up. It’s all go!