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courgette

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« on: September 20, 2008, 15:41 »
Hiya

with the green manure, i.e. field beans, do i purely let them grow to cut down & dig in or can you get a crop off the plants?

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 15:49 »
just grow and dig in as far as i know! :lol:
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 16:17 »
Yeah just let them grow you usually dig in before flowering with a lot of them. Good stuff improves the soil in about 6 or so weeks  8)
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008, 12:10 »
I chose field beans because you don't have to dig them in.
I haven't decided yet whether I will leave them on the surface once I've cut them down or remove them to the compost bin. It will probably depend on the state of what's in the bins.
I want to leave some to set seed though as a 2.5kg bag has set me back just over £10. Still cheaper than broad beans though and apparently you can eat them.
I demand the right to buy seed of varieties that are not "distinct, uniform and stable".

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 18:07 »
field beans? are they the ones my kids think are peas growing on the local farm land. do the seeds look like broad beans? :?:  :?:  :?:

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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 20:04 »
Someone on my site left some of his plants to flower / produce beans and yes, they are a little like smaller broad beans.  Quite tasty, actually.
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