Monday, 12 November 2012
Autumn Growing - Broad Beans
Autumn Sowing - Broad Beans.
Four weeks on - and the beans are doing well. They have almost all germinated and are growing on nicely on my St Ives Cornwall allotment.
But - as the pic shows - this weekend the bed was in urgent need of weeding - so I got that done yesterday .......
One of my "lessons learned" from my first year on the plot has been that "little and often" is the best approach to weeding the beds. In Spring and early Summer I made the mistake of neglecting this task - and allowed the weeds to take over.
As you can see (click on any of the pics to enlarge) - my allotment is now fairly neat and tidy.
I'll keep it that way through Winter - which will make life much easier when Spring eventually arrives.
My approach is to start with the hoe - running it in between the rows to uproot as many weeds a possible - taking care not to damage the baby bean plants.
If you're short of time you can skip this - just use the hoe as above - and leave the weeds to wilt on the ground - although some will re-root themselves.
This needs to be done by hand - as use of the hoe or trowel risks damaging the plants.
(BTW - hope you like the pink gloves - I've mislaid my green Man Gloves so had to use Jo's Girl Gloves !)
These should provide my first edible crop of the year - around late May if all goes well.
I love broad beans ! Can't wait for Spring !