|St Ives Cornwall Allotment - April 2016|
Pleasant and sunny - if a little chilly - in Cornwall this weekend.
I was pleased to get out to my plot and continue my Spring preparations and sowing.
First some seed sowing. Last year my French beans - Borlotti Firetongue - did really badly. We had an unusually cool Summer here in Cornwall. The temperature rarely rose above 20 degrees (C) - and the beans just didn't grow or crop well.
So - without a crop worth eating - I decided to dry and store the beans as seed. In Autumn I dug a bean trench and filled it with compost.
More - Digging A Bean Trench ......
I sowed a few seeds in modules in my greenhouse in March. these have germinated - so I know the stored seed is viable.
I just hoed over the soil to remove weeds and made some small repairs to my bean cane "wigwam".
More - Allotment Calendar - Clearing Beds
It may be a bit early to sow French beans - seed packet instructions generally advise waiting until May. But Spring here has been fairly mild - and the soil is definitely warming up - as shown by my pea seeds starting to germinate and throw up shoots.
So I've taken a bit of a chance - and as usual maybe my impatience has gotten the better of me. But I've got plenty of seed left - and its free - so I can easily sow more. I'll also sown some more in pots in the garden at home - so I'll have some "backups".
More signs of Spring's advance elsewhere on the plot.
Every year - around this time - I have an attack of "potato anxiety" - wondering if the shoots will ever emerge.
They always do. The next thing I'll need to worry about is blight - but not much I can do about that - we'll see.
More soon - on sowing peas, getting my "Three Sisters" bed ready and general progress through a lovely Spring in Cornwall.
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