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Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:26

I planted them from seed in the greenhouse and then hardened them off before planting out.

Yep, dug in some manure in January. Do you think the soil could be too rich?

The beds have been dug down quite deep so are deeper than they look on the photo.

i didn't put any stakes by them until a few days ago as I watched a clip on YouTube and it suggested that leaving them to blow about a bit makes them a stronger plant. Maybe that hasn't helped.

Gave them a really good water today. One or two signs of flowers.

 

Bees

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:21

Maybe next year Victoria Sponge!

Hope so on the pollination front Green Magpie. Have put some colourful plants by my fruit and veg plot to attract them over! A sort of Sainsburys for bees!

My other half was worried that they would attack him (!) but we've been walking by them all day and they are very content to do their own thing. They are so lovely and busy! 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:14

Looks great Matty2. Love the variety of plants that you've chosen. Have you worked out heights and which ones should go at the back? I've made a 'best guess' but imagine that mine are a bit jumbled! 

Bees

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:26

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77495.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 Just had a look and they really are identical to those on pansyface's link. Here is their house! Loads of them going in and out. 

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:17

I've watered them every other day and when i dig under the surface the soil is warm and damp. They do look a bit weird but having never grown them before I don't know what to expect. Are yours more straight?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:14

have planted a few more outside and they look to be doing ok. Have decided to put the dahlias in their own bed as they can be a bit thuggish. Few more to go in today. Exciting times!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77492.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77493.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 Chives looking happy. They last ages in a vase too.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77494.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 10:08

Good  morning

First time growing broad beans. Just a couple of rows at the front of a raised bed. Should they look like this? Sort of knarly and a bit twisted? How frequently should they be watered?  Any tips? Thanks.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77490.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/77491.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Bees

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:20

Looks like it Pansyface, thanks ever so much for the link.

Bees

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:39

Hi GM, it's a standard size tit box (we had birds in it last year). Not sure what kind of bees they are. They look small to medium in size and don't seem to have much colour. They look fluffy though. Lots of them going in and out all day. We peeked at it this evening when it seemed less active and we could see lots of them inside. 

Our empty nestbox...

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:17

Steve - snap! We have found the same in our tit box! It's a first for us. Quite like watching them busying around the entrance. Will be interesting to see if our fruit and veg produces any more with them just being a few yards away. 

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