Beans and peas

Was feeling really tired today, having not eaten quite enough over the last few days. But following a big meal after work, I found the inspiration to get into the garden for an hour.

The runner beans are coming along nicely – and as three more were growing inside, I planted them out as well.


I’m puzzled as to why the broad beans only seem to have pods halfway up the plants but after a peek at the mangetout under the cloche, I was really pleased to see these plants are recovering from the bird attack.


Incidentally, whilst outside one of my neighbours popped her head out the window for a chat and happened to comment on how there seemed to be more pigeons this year. I’m glad she said that as I had wondered why the mangetout were being eaten when in previous years I had had no such problems. At times like this, I realise how precarious our food supplies can be and marvel at how people survived in the past.

© Helen Butt, June 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Beans and peas

  1. I have to agree with you that having a veggie patch has given me a new respect for farmers.
    Plants are looking good.

  2. So true, hard times when failures like these was such a total event.

  3. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post as always Helen thank you for sharing have a blessed day

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