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10 RARE BROAD BEAN VARIETIES TO GROW FOR MAXIMUM FLAVOUR

I keep about twenty rare, endangered, heritage and heirloom broad (fava) bean varieties in my seed library.  Many of the broad beans I grow and save the seeds of our held…

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TOO BUSY GARDENING TO WRITE BUT I AM ON TWITTER

It has been a trying but very busy summer and it is with considerable guilt that I see it has been three months since I last blogged.  Quelle domage.  A…

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A NEW YEAR FULL OF HOPES, DREAMS AND PLENTY OF PRODUCE

Today I couldn’t wait any longer.  I had to start sowing.  Too early for outside but with one of my polytunnels now empty after completing harvesting new potatoes I had…

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LATE SUMMER AND MUCH WORK

The last couple of months have been busy tending, harvesting and sowing for winter.  It is now that one realises the long row of runner beans sown with enthusiasm in…

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MIDSUMMER WONDERFULNESS

The spring may have been hot and dry, but June has changed all that.  Cool and wet.  The chilly nights haven’t slowed down the rate of growth however and the…

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TRANSPLANTING CABBAGES AND COURGETTES, HARVESTING BEANS AND SPUDS

It’s the middle of May and the last couple of weeks have been very busy, catching up with planting, transplanting and sowing.  The brassicas I sowed in late March needed…

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Entering the Golden days

At last, the euinox is just past and for the next six months the sun is in the sky for more than twelve hours a day.  Yipee.  Lovely early mornings…

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Seed Detective Twitter

Three of my favourite peas looking blooming lovely. The promise of a brilliant mange tout to come with the purple flower of Jaune de Madras, the blousy flower of Dwarf Defiance and pretty double flowers of Carters Dwarf Sugar pea which are perfect for pots and small gardens

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More planting out of crops for ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ using a pinch of excellent ⁦@CarbonGold⁩ in the planting hole. Morden Yellow is an ex-commercial Canadian cultivar no longer in production. Looking forward to see just how delicious they are and to save loads of seed.

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The first pods of ⁦@HeritageSeedsUK⁩ dwarf pea Tom Thumb. Gorgeous in a pot and even better consumed

A trugfull of treats for a spring supper. Durham Early cabbage, Syrian Small broad beans and Douce Provence peas all grown from my home-saved seed. I cannot claim the asparagus which I bought as crowns. Too delicious to do anything more than steam and eat with a little butter 😋

Perfect weather for planting out @HeritageSeedsUK runner bean SIMM’s Corsair which I am growing out for seed for the library. Now time needed to encourage those leaders to twine 😋😋

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⁦@RealFarmED⁩ ⁦@wrffc21⁩ offers of land for people seeking to start regenerative enterprises are up on the web. Interested in a new life on the land in Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons. Know people who are? For Land Seekers - Our Food 1200 https://ourfood1200.wales/land-seekers/