I had my first go at archery today with Towton Battlefield Society. With only one pair of gloves between us (leather to protect our fingers on the bow), my daughter and I had to take it in turns, which I found quite hard. The bug had bitten after the first shot, even if it and most of the subsequent shots didn’t hit the target!
However, there was a first shoot when I got home. At last, the broad beans seem to be making their way to the surface of the soil. Which is both a relief and a surprise. After all the cold weather and rain, I had expected the seeds to perish.
To make it more likely that I do get a crop next year, a net cloche was quickly placed over the broad bean patch to stop hungry wood pigeons having a nibble. At the same time, the net should enable the shoots to receive rain water without me having to lift up the cloche to manually provide it.
All being well, these beans will feed my daughter’s apple tree some nitrogen. Digging to sow the seeds will have disturbed the mycelium but hopefully that is a price worth paying for this benefit. As well of course as giving us some beans.
PS I tried beech leaf noyau for the first time during the archery session. I am not a fan of gin but the beech made the drink into something that is quite palatable. It reminded me of dry sherry.