Last autumn, I saved some of the broad bean seeds out of curiosity: would they grow this year?
Well, the answer is yes. At the moment, these plants are smaller than the ones from seed I actually bought for this year, but that could simply be because they were planted later.
In any case, the earlier-sown beans are romping away. I have just been out to change the bamboo canes and retie the plants so that they hold up properly. In fact, they are doing so much better than in previous years I am both surprised and pleased. It’s still a mystery why the are doing better at home than at the allotment but it could be well be the manure in the patch chez moi?
As for the pods, they are developing nicely, too. So, it shouldn’t be long before we are eating them…
© Helen Butt, June 2014