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Like most folk I normally nip out the tips of my broad beans at the first sign of blackfly aphids but decided to leave them this year as there were lots of ladybirds and their larvae on them.  This is the result after just one week:

So, no more blackfly and lots more ladybirds for the future: a win-win situation!


Great result Bob. I was told that the tops that normally get nipped out taste great steamed. Have you ever eaten them?  I don't have space for them & OH isn't keen although I love them. One of my first gardening memories was stroking the inside of an empty pod, felt like my best velvet dress  at that age I didn't like the taste of the beans


Yes they are lovely steamed KEF (not that I get to eat them often - don't really fancy them after being smothered in blackfly!)

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