Sunday, November 21, 2010

Planting broad beans.

It's November, and that means time for sowing broad beans. Autumn varieties of broad beans will be the first to ripen and ready to harvest next year (providing they survive the winter), earlier than broad beans sown in the coming spring. We sowed some in the polytunnel at the beginning of the month, and they've begun germinating already. For succession of supply, yesterday we sowed more outside, to be ready after the polytunnel beans.
A good bunch of volunteers came along to dig the perennial weed roots out of the bed (dock and couch grass), and then we sowed 100 "super aquadulce" organic broad beans, before covering the whole bed with bird-netting to prevent the resident pigeon population from helping themselves to the beans.
The team savour a good job well done.

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