I got quite excited at the weekend. Shoots were starting to appear where two weeks ago I’d sown a mixture of beans by covering them with manure.
Upon inspection, these shoots turned out to be nasturtiums, which are also welcome but not what I’d specifically hoped for.
Then, whilst I was taking a quick break from assessing presentations today, what did I see along with the nasturtium leaves?
At last, here was a bean shooting through the manure. So, it seems that the no-dig system may work.
Hopefully, with the much needed rain we’ve been have this past week, the rest of the beans will appear soon. Then there will be the question of whether the manure/straw will stay put, once the cloche is removed. I guess, however, the beans roots will have secured the plants in the ground by the time the protective covering needs to go. So, all should be well.