Spraying the beans

It decided to be another hot day yesterday but fortunately we were mostly working in the cool of the forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm.

Towards the end of the day, we did some weeding in the raised beds area, where I picked up some red-veined sorrel and French beans.

I was amazed by the crop of beans in contrast to my own, so asked Rachel how much she was watering them. As it turns out, not more than me, but the key seems to be keeping the plants moist. They need therefore to be sprayed in this dry weather in order for the pods to set.

I already knew that tomatoes needed cool temperatures to set the fruit, so last night I gave them a spray with water as well, in case this would be of any help. However, I am dismayed that blossom end rot has reared its head again this year. (Last time, the tomatoes were in pots as well.)

Anyway, back to our day at Old Sleningford. We had had a culinary disaster with pasta and donated it to their chickens, who apparently love the stuff. Indeed, they fair stuffed their faces with it – and in return we took home some of the windfalls from the orchard, where the chickens live.

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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6 Responses to Spraying the beans

  1. skyeent says:

    That sorrel is so pretty! Nice to have company for gardening. I used to volunteer at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens and Ryton Organic Gardens and learnt a lot from both places.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it is great to be working with others. Rachel and Martin, who run the farm, must be very trusting, to let others potentially make mistakes. Perhaps you were volunteering at Ryton when I paid a visit.

      • skyeent says:

        It was a while ago now. Just one day a week (Tuesdays I think). Making mistakes is one way of learning, and as long as you start with little mistakes and do learn from them that’s fine! There is always plenty of simple repetitive tasks in a garden which make good therapy too.

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