Growing our runner beans and an update on the veggie garden

We don’t have a greenhouse yet and we do suffer from slugs and snails here as we have had such a wet Winter, so I start off our runner beans indoors in the inside of loo roll tubes.

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We end up with seeds growing on all the window ledges in the house.

After a couple of weeks they have started to sprout.

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And when they are 8 to 12 inches tall I put them outside.  By putting the whole tube into the ground it gives the beans  some protection against the slugs and snails, and gives them a fighting chance.

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I tie each little bean plant up to its bean cane so it doesn’t get blown around in the wind.  This year as part of our “no dig” experiment we have laid newspapers down around the bean poles to deter the weeds.

After 10 days or so they are already climbing the bean poles, so a success.  Just need to wait another month now before they produce some lovely beans for us.

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Our other veggies are growing well too.  Here are our peas climbing up their pea sticks.

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And our cabbages growing in their shrouds to protect them from pigeons and cabbage white butterflies.

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This year we spread grass clippings around the potatoes and onions as mulch and again to deter the weeds.

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The sweet corn are still small, they need some more sunshine to boost their growth.

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We shall have a bumper crop of strawberries this year

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And the gooseberries are already forming on the bushes

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We are also growing lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, radish, chard, parsnips, carrots, turnips and purple sprouting broccoli so we should have lots of lovely veggies if everything grows OK.

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3 Comments »

  1. Nikitaland said

    Absolutely beautiful gardens! I love how things are coming along! Got a question though… I noticed how you protected your cabbage from the white moths, but can’t the white moths just fly into your barrier or is there a top on it? I can’t wait to see your progress! I love watching gardens grow! ❤

    • Thanks for your comments. Yes in theory the cabbage white butterflies could fly down the shrouds to the cabbages but in practice they don’t, perhaps they don’t like flying down small spaces.

      • Nikitaland said

        Thanks for responding back on this. Very interesting stuff! I am surprised that the white moths have not flown down onto the cabbage, and we might have to do something like this in our garden too. We just had to cover our strawberry patch today as something has been getting into the berries and eating them. Got a nice netting and actually used those Command Strips on the side of our garage to hold up the back part of the netting. It worked like a charm!

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