Popping up

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?

I’d put a cloche over the patch of beans to stop birds from harvesting the straw for their nests.

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.

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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19 Responses to Popping up

  1. Wonderful garden progress! I also have nasturtiums beginning to grow, but in pots where they were expected:)

  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It is great to see things germinating

  3. I had nasturtiums in my greenhouse last year as part of my salad mix. They have self seeded generously all over the place! The first 20 or so I transplanted to other parts of the garden or gave to friends. But every day I pull out more and now they just go on the compost heap. If left they would strangle the seedlings I have just carefully planted there.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, the nasturtiums can take over the garden. That’s one good thing about my soil/climate: nasturtiums generally don’t get going till things have started to become established.

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