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Grow Your Own / Re: Broadbeans
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 09:06 »
Broad beans are an ancient crop, so have proved their mettle for survival.  They have been in cultivation so long, scientists are unable to trace a wild origin for them.  There's a bit of useless trivia for you  :lol:  I like growing them though just for this fact alone  :)

As I've said, the modern versions struggle a bit for me overwinter.  My Wizard beans (old field bean version of a broad bean) go through all phases over winter, from looking tragic after snow and frost, to looking great, but they just keep going.  I have given up fretting over them and just leave them to it these days.  Plant seeds direct in soil, walk away, sling some chicken manure at them to perk them up come spring, pick.  No faff whatsoever  :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by madcat on Today at 09:03 »
Father & Son - Boyzone
I think that is a triple!  Is that the same Father and Son as Cat Stevens did?   :unsure: must look it up ...  Edit : it is... in fact it was written by him. 

Matthew and Son - Cat Stevens
We had a spell of proper big snow yesterday, late on in the afternoon.  Luckily it stopped after an hour and it was too wet for it to stick to the roads, but the roofs and gardens are covered here.  No sign of it melting this morning yet.  It is too cold for that.
It's slowly getting colder here as well. Now it is  -1C but everything is still damp from some sleety rain. Ice beginning to form on the birds' water, though.
Stay safe on the roads today, everyone, I don't think I'll be going out.
Grow Your Own / Re: Broadbeans
« Last post by Jeebus on Today at 08:43 »
I've had broad beans out on an allotment in weather like this - they fell over, stood up, fell over, prospered and cropped quite well in the end. I was doubtful for some of the winter mind.
That's reassuring, as my broad beans (above) were standing up by yesterday evening, and had fallen down again when I checked them this morning.
Grow Your Own / Re: Asparagus crowns spacing
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 08:41 »
I grow it at home in a raised bed and have got 6 plants jammed in it, but I mulch with manure every winter and feed with chicken pelleted manure each summer.

In a row you are looking at more like 3 foot across, but if you have the room, go for it.  One of the old boys on my site had a row right across the bottom of his plot and harvested a trug full every day in spring.  When he gave up, the new owners dug them all up  :ohmy:

Allocate some space, plant the best looking ones and pamper them.  It's worth it.  You can't buy anything half as good as what you grow yourself  :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 08:40 »
Father & Son - Boyzone
Wonderful news, I saw the story recently on tv.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 08:08 »
Boys, boys, boys - Sabrina
A fine dusting of snow!
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