Category: broad beans

Summer was nice while it lasted…..

Starting to get a bit dodgy again weather-wise but today wasn’t so bad when the sun came out and if you managed to get out of the wind you could almost imagine it was balmy.

I recently bought 5 new gooseberry bushes “invicta” a firm favourite as it gives lovely tart berries just right for cooking and jam making. I have reduced to bushed to three stems which I shall grow as cordons. I have found it to be a low maintenance high-yield method of growing this fruit.

I gave my garlic bed a tidy up – it had got a bit weedy but seems to have withstood the vagaries of our “spring” weather. Added a few shallots as well to fill in a few gaps.

The broad beans “aquadulce claudia” arent lookingb brilliant, so I have uncovered them to allow in pollinators and gave them a bit of a feed. There are some gaps which I shall fill in with a crimson flowered variety I have already sown into root trainers.

It’s been a while but an old friend is back. F…

It’s been a while but an old friend is back. Following the resurgence of the Tigers and to mark their return to a top 4 place in the premiership I have re-mounted the flag on my allotment shed. Unfortunately the wind is coming from the wrong direction for the full effect. 

Talking of allotments – I have a lot of catching up to do.


My broad beans are starting to flower – which strikes me as being a bit early!…But thats not the only sign that spring is well and truly on its way.


Raspberry shoots are appearing in the beds, here’s hoping for a bumper crop of the most fantastically aromatic and tasty fruit.


Here is another tasty crop. The purple sprouting broccoli are finally here. They were stripped of green leaf by pigeons a couple of months a go but they have recovered well and starting to give a decent crop of one of my favourite veggies.


Together with a few rhubarb sticks from under my forcing bucket. the makings of a lovely dinner. Yummmmmmm!

No frost overnight and a mild sunny morning. S…

No frost overnight and a mild sunny morning. So a few hours at the allotment. Broad beans (aquadulce claudia) now planted out and netted to keep the pesky pigeons off.
Probably last visit before Christmas. Have a great time everyone.