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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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Allotment tasks – potting on leeks

tray of leeks

Leeks develop long strong roots really fast

leek seedling

Individually potted on, they start to ‘fill’ really swiftly.

Sunshine at last – a chance to get to grips with the seedling leeks in the greenhouse!

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Two ways to raise and plant seedling peas

650 peas, to be precise. And this is how we plant them, having raised an industrial quantity of pea plants since January in biodegradable paper pots


planting peas

First you need a pea planting kit – a flexible bucket to remove soil and a trowel



pea seedling planting

And, very importantly, something to sit on while you work




The roots are very strong and developed if you take the seedlings out of the pot, which we don't bother to do as it rots away within 6 weeks

The roots are very strong and developed if you take the seedlings out of the pot, which we don’t bother to do as it rots away within 6 weeks




And they've grown tall and strong, with each pot supporting the next

And they’ve grown tall and strong, with each pot supporting the next




By contrast the gutter peas are smaller and look less established. It's the first time we've used the gutter sowing method.

By contrast the gutter peas are smaller and look less established. It’s the first time we’ve used the gutter sowing method.




The roots look quite congested too.

The roots look quite congested too.




They are much easier to slide into the ground than hand sinking every paper pot though. And yes, by this point we'd got more peas to plant than we'd put up pea sticks for!

They are much easier to slide into the ground than hand sinking ever paper pot though. And yes, by this point we’d got more peas to plant than we’d put up pea sticks for!




And there you are - 650 pea plants, all planted!

And there you are – 650 pea plants, all planted!



 

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