to say that the broad beans that I ate yesterday were ones that I grew on the plot. Sadly that’s not so and it looks like I won’t be doing so either as mine are totally infested with blackfly. The first variety I sowed were so bad that I pulled them up during the week and got rid of them. In their place I’ve sowed more beetroot and lettuce, and a packet of carrot Autumn King.
The other ones aren’t so bad, but that’s not saying much! The ones I ate were kindly given to me by plot neighbour Joe, being ones he planted last November. Even these weren’t that good as despite having plenty of long pods they contained surprising few fully grown beans.
I had six courgette seeds, two of which I gave to Joe and of the other four just one appeared only for it to be completely nibbled away! I’ve been given a few more so I’ll try again.
On a happier note I’ve had potatoes, lettuce leaves, lots of strawberries and today I ate my first raspberry.
It’s good to see the birds again now they’ve finished nesting, and last week a jay flew across the allotments and there was wren perched on top of a bundle of bamboo canes singing it’s heart out. I keep seeing sparrows on the non-flowering Iceberg rose, presumably eating the greenflies.
Apparently Missy Fox had four cubs a few months ago, a bit later than usual probably due to the cold weather, but sadly one of them was found dead during the week. It looked okay so we guess that it had been poisoned. Last year’s cub Digger is still around and certainly living up to his name!