Mea culpe, Mea culpe. It has been 8 months since my last blog. No I haven’t given up the allotment but during the winter months there seemed very little to do, or write about.
In January the neighbouring plot became available, a 15 rods complete with Gooseberry bushes, Redcurrants ,Blackcurrants numerous Raspberries, a Rhubarb patch, an Apple tree, Asparagus and a Buddleia, which we will keep for the butterflies. We had to take it, we'd be silly not to, but it had been left for quite a while and was very overgrown. So we set to work immediately, weeding and digging, and although it was too late really we cut back the raspberry canes. We only had a suspicion of where the Asparagus was so I felt rather like an Archaeologist excavating buried treasure.
When clearing away the canes that had supported last years Runner beans, I found dried up seed pods on the ground nearby, though the husks looked brown and wizened, inside yielded gleaming white bean seeds. Magic beans !
Well not quite magic, but free food. I planted all of them not really expecting much, but my pods have produced robust plants of what I think are Dwarf French Beans.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.