Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Thursday, August 07, 2008

beanz meanz squeakz...!

I saw Ian-from-the-bottom when I cycled to the Hill yesterday evening who was mulling over what he can enter for the Show – I went to ‘advise’ (i.e. have a good nose round his plot) & his marrows don’t half look good! I reckon that he’s a real contender there, however with around a dozen at a foot long to choose from, I do hope that he has plenty of marrow recipes up his sleeve too!

I took the last two CAULIFLOWER (all the year round) & a couple of CALABRESE (early waltham) to plant out in plot d (legumes at the mo, brassicas over winter), taking down the spent PEAS (kelvedon wonder) & saving the pods as I went.

The netting seems to be going well enough at the moment, but there’s no disguising the fact that as the brassicas grow, the netting won’t be wide enough to cover the width of the bed. I should have bought a 3 rather than a 2m wide piece, but I think that it’ll be far easier to start again & buy a new adequately sized piece than to try to cobble a second piece on to the first – live & learn yet again!

I spent some time peering though the extensive bean foliage – you could hide whole tribes in there let alone a few beans! The CLIMBING BEANS are all looking fabulous & I was pleased to find that the beans themselves are bigger than I expected. I picked a dozen horseshow-shaped ‘barlotto lingua’ for tea which wouldn’t have made it to the showbench anyway – they were utterly delicious, but they do squeak when you eat them and I’m really not sure about veg which answer you back!

1 comment:

  1. My kids (now adults in their 30s!) used to call them "Squeaky Beans. I still love them all!


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