Broad Bean Update

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You may recollect that I have two beds of broad beans.  One (pictured in the foreground), had plenty of compost added to the top of the soil.  This was then worked in along with some spent potting compost and some seaweed meal.

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The second bed had the same amount of garden compost added but this time the plot was ‘double-dug’ and the compost buried a spits depth.  Just before planting out time the plot was treated exactly the same as the other one with the addition of spent compost and seaweed meal worked into the surface.  Both plots were also covered with black plastic for a couple of weeks before the broad beans were planted out in order to warm the soil a little.

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Here are the beds just before the polythene was added.

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And here they are covered in polythene.

Here are the plants when they were newly planted on 20th March.  So far both beds seem to be growing equally strongly.  However, I have noticed more slug damage on the bed where more garden compost was left on the surface of the soil.

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Carrots and Toilet rolls!

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Just as I did with the parsnips I sowed some carrot seeds in toilet roll inners.  The only touble is that they do need planting out quite promptly as the roots soon appear at the bottom of the tube.

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So today I planted them out, three to a copper ring.  They look so small to be planted out.  However, so did the parsnips when they first went out and they are looking a lot more robust now.

I have even started to remove the copper rings from some of the young parsnip plants as I now need them for the carrots.  I hope that they are growing strongly enough now to be safe from slug attack although they are still rather small.

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In the above picture you can see young lettuce plants in the foreground with parsnips behind them .  There is also a diagnol line of freshly emerged radish seedlings, Swiss Chard seedlings in the top right hand corner and a carrot seedling in the bottom right corner.

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In the above picture you can also see the young garlic plants at the edge of each square metre.  The garlic is growing strongly now and is probably the only crop that I don’t fear being munched by hungry molluscs in the event of some warm wet weather weather in the near future!

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Here is a photograph of the same bed taken seven weeks ago on the 28th of February; what a transformation.  I wonder how it will look it seven weeks time.