Beans in the propagator

Due to the activities of wildlife visitors to the garden, some of the broad beans I direct sowed last autumn will probably not produce. Fortunately, there were a few seeds left in the packet, so they have been sown in pots and are in the propagator in the shed.

I guess the propagator is unnecessary – if they would germinate outside without one. However, like a kid with a new toy I am keen to use it. Then once the bean plants have gone in the ground I will sow my tomatoes.

Having pondered not growing any this year, after blight in 2017, I can’t resist. But, thinking forward, this year I will take the fruit from the plants even if they are all green in September.

It will be hard for me to carry through with my plan, I know already. So, I need to remember how horrible it is to lose half a crop. Especially as I would like to try green tomato marmelade again, following the success a few years ago (last time there was a decent crop).

Anyway, the beans and tomatoes are about the only annuals I’m growing this year, although I might try butternut squash again. And I would like French beans.

Mm, I’d better stop there before I think of all the other vegetables I’d like!

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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10 Responses to Beans in the propagator

  1. It’s such an exciting time of year – planning vegetable sowings! I hope your beans do ok this time. Some of my autumn sown ones are showing signs of life – though not all

    • Helen says:

      Some of my beans are fine, fortunately, but I am filling in the gaps. Had to take the netting off for a time, as it was blowing away with the wind.

      Anyway, good that some of your beans are showing signs of life. Maybe the rest will come through still.

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    Wildlife visitors are a mixed blessing!

  3. Our head gardener focusses on flowers 🙂

  4. How fun to see the view from your shed/greenhouse, Helen. It’s fun playing with our gardening toys. I read an idea somewhere that you might find useful down the line. The writer pulled up the entire tomato plant (at the end of its season, but still bearing green tomatoes) and hung it upside down in the shed. The tomatoes continued to ripen on the plant. In your case, you would still get the green tomatoes for cooking or canning, but you could avoid the blight.

    I can never resist tomatoes.

  5. It is so awful losing crops .. I absolutely get what you are saying. But even though I didn’t have great success with toms last year, they are brilliant this year! Yay 😃

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