Yesterday, the beans I had sown directly in the ground started coming through. Yay! Honestly, it’s been quite cold at night, so this comes as something of a surprise.
But if they are coming through, then the beans I sowed in the shed, which have been growing nicely over the last week or so, should also be able to survive in the ground. So, tonight I got my trowel out and put them in the hugel bed which attracted the interest of the rats over the winter.
Incidentally, the pigeon that I buried in there was still very much intact, so clearly the rats didn’t like it too much. Hopefully, the beans will feel differently, although only if the pigeons don’t nobble them first.
I started protecting the beans sown outside with as many cartons/plastic bottles as I could find. These mini cloches have worked well in the past – I just need a few more for the other plants which are coming through.
As for the beans from the shed, these are now wrapped in netting, which should hold the pigeons at bay. On the other hand, once my neighbour puts the new fence up, there may not be enough direct sunlight, but I don’t feel I can simply abandon this patch of ground. So, we’ll just have to see how it goes.