hopefully in mid-March weather permitting, the first vegetables that I’ll be planting or sowing will be broad beans and first early potatoes.
I’ve grown broad beans Witkiem Manita the past few years but I remembered, and reread, Caro’s post Broad Beans – Top of the Pods from September 2013 and decided to try Karmazyn this year for the first time. One other advantage of this variety is that the plants only grow 2 feet/60cm high which is ideal for my exposed plot. I’ll be sowing a short double row of about 10 beans, which I’ll repeat in mid-April then mid-May.
I only grow one row of first early potatoes, which have been Vales Emerald in recent years. The horticultural society isn’t selling them this year so I’ve chosen Red Duke of York which I’ve not previously grown, and get an impressive accolade from JBA Seed Potatoes.
The sweet peas didn’t do well last year lasting only a couple of weeks before frazzling in the summer heat so I was debating whether to grow any this year. However as I won two packets of seeds from Chiltern Seeds during December I will be trying again. There are far too many for me to use so if anyone would like some please say in your comment. They’ll be a potluck mix of several varieties which could include pink, orange, red, dark purple and white flowers. Depending on how many people would like some I may have to pick names out of the hat.
Have a good week!