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Root-trainers and broad beans

broad bean planting

I started by digging out holes for the broad beans

broad beans root-trainers

The beans looked sturdy enough, but what would the root development be like?

broad bean root development

Once opened the root-trainers revealed strong root development

broad bean cloches

The only problem? The first set of cloches were too small to cover all the broad beans!

broad bean seedlings being planted

Larger cloches were the answer. Of 36 bean seeds sown, only two failed to germinate

broad beans in cloche

The broad beans covered with fleece for a week to allow them to fully harden off.

This is the first year we’ve used root-trainers rather than biodegradable pots and I’m impressed with the results so far. After ten days of leaving the beans out during the day and putting them in the shed overnight to avoid potential frosts, I was ready to plant them out…

Today’s harvest was red kale for dinner and some rhubarb which I’m experimenting with – I have a new Paleo rhubarb custard recipe to cook, and if it’s any good the Grow and Tell workshop attendees will get to try it on 29 March.

If you live around Brighton and Hove you’d like to learn to grow your own food (whether you have an allotment or just containers) and particularly if you’re interested in growing your own food to eat Paleo, why not come along to this year’s workshops? On 29 March we’ll be looking at propagating perennial crops like rhubarb and growing exotics like lemongrass. £5.00 per session. Email growandtell@hotmail.com to reserve a place.

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What you can do on the allotment in your lunch-break

I meet quite a few people who say they don’t have time for an allotment – of course it’s easier once you have a plot in good order, but there’s still a lot you can do in a lunch-break or just one hour. Here’s today’s completed tasks:

Watered the spinach, which really needed it!

Watered the spinach, which really needed it!

And the French tarragon, which is resprouting nicely

And the French tarragon, which is resprouting nicely

And the alpine strawberry seedlings - which are growing beautifully

And the alpine strawberry seedlings – which are growing beautifully

Hand-weeded the currant bushes (didn’t take a photo because it’s the most deadly boring thing to look at) and …

And harvested three rather tired leeks and two kinds of kale for dinner!

And harvested three rather tired leeks and two kinds of kale for dinner!

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