Potting up and planting out

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Over the last week or so, I’ve been hardening off the broad beans and as its my last day off work today, I thought I’d get them along to the allotment and plant them out. I’ve grown them in cardboard tubes to make this job a bit easier for me and less traumatic to the plants and their roots.

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Rather than planting a long single row, I’ve planted a short double row. The theory is that the plants will grow to support each other and to help them along, I’ve put a twine support grid in between them.

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I’m feeling quite nervous about leaving the beans at the allotment, what if the birds eat them? What if the snails and slugs eat them? I’ve been saving egg shells at home to crush and sprinkle around the base of the plants to deter the slugs and snails, but in typical “me” fashion, I left them at home. So, if the beans make it through the night, I’ll pop along tomorrow afternoon and sprinkle some crushed shells around them then.

The last 2 jobs on my list today were to plant up the herbs and to start off the micro salad now I have my greenhouse back in working order. The original plan for the herbs was to create a scented border at the bottom of the allotment beside the nature corner. The herbs I’ve chosen are Lavender, Thyme, Oregano and Sage. When I actually placed the herbs where I wanted them, I found that the border would run right under the apple tree, where all the roots for the apple tree are. After a quick re-think, I decided to put the herbs into plant pots. For the moment I’ve put them beside the shed, which works just fine. The gate into the plot is there too so you get a lovely waft of thyme and oregano as you enter the allotment.

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Last but not least…the micro salad. A few years ago, my sister and I were watching River Cottage on TV and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall used a length of guttering to grow the most delicious micro salad leaves. Well, if growing salad in guttering is good enough for The River Cottage, it’s good enough for me! Right now I’m growing Rocket, Purple Basil and Spinach. Once these have grown and been harvested, I’ll plant another lot of leaves and will continue this process for as long as I can with as many different varieties of leaves as I can find! The micro salad leaves should be ready to harvest in as little as 3-4 weeks, and the flavour from the baby leaves will be delicious. I for one can’t wait to begin the harvest.

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5 thoughts on “Potting up and planting out

  1. We like the square grid for the beans. Do you add another square grid as they get taller? We have beans in the plot but something keeps nibbling them. We’ve covered then with pea netting but still they get nibbled.

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    • Oh no! Hope your beans aren’t being too badly nibbled. What do you think is eatting them? Yes, I’m planning on adding another round or two of twine as they grow. It’s been really windy here today so I’m hoping that the twine will be enough. I’ve been really worried about leaving the beans in the wind so I tried adding a fleece windbreaker going all the way around the cane supports, but this acted as a giant kite and the whole construction almost blew over! Needless to say the fleece is now down and I’ve left the beans to face the elements.

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  2. Wr presuming mice or snails/slugs no evidence of the later though. The netting has stopped the birds. We’ve had wind problems too the past couple if days: our green house door blew off and a couple of panels came loose. All fixed (fingers crossed) and gaffa tape stuck on the door and 30m of rope tied around our 6×8 greenhouse. I may pop along later tonight just to reassure myself.

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