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Where have all my beans gone!.

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 16:39

Thanks, Geoff for the reasurance. 

I've just bought some new varieties for next year, the type which can be dried for eating but wanted to sow some of this years varieties next year too and didn't want to purchase them. Saving seeds is something of a learning curve, I was hoping for lots of seeds to swap but if there's a dozen seeds from each plant, I'll be happy.

Know what you mean about the weather, beans have done really well here though and as they grow up rather than taking up ground space are ideal for a small garden veg grower.

Where have all my beans gone!.

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:29

Thought I'd try saving french/runner bean seeds for next year, how difficult can it be? Gardeners have been saving seeds aince Adam was a lad, so left some on the plants to dry. It's been so wet though some are going moldy on the plant so I've picked them all and put them in the GH to dry. 

Some pods although fairly large didn't appear to have any beans in them and so I' had a sneaky look and they don't have any beans in  and in others the beans are ever so tiny, is there anything I'm doing wrong or is it case of being patient, and, wait and see? .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 15:12

It's rained all day here and it's still raining, not a day for gardening. So pleased there's not much to do by way of putting things to bed for winter. I've some potting up to do, may take some more hard wood cutting and the beds want some muck on them before it gets really cold. Dahlias want lifting and a few other small jobs.

Collected some bags of muck from local farms today for next year, took my fork this time to have a delve in the bags, last year I ended up with more stable bedding and wood chip  than actual muck and had to make a trip to the tip with it. Would you just believe it, some farmers fill the bags 3/4 wth rubbish, with just a topping of muck and of course you don't know until the bags are at home being emptied.  .   

What's for tea?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 23:38

Shrinking Violet, Garlic, toms, onions and chillies were home grown and herbs. Peppers were, sadly, disappointing this year  . I've just ordered some different varieties of peppers for next year, hopefully they'll prefer the British climate.

What's for tea?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 20:16

Chilli and rice with garlic bread. I made a huge pan of chilli a few weeks ago trying to think of ways to use up a glut of toms and froze it.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 19:52

Clear skies and sun here in this part of the NW. A frosty morning though and a tad bit chilly all day but no rain.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 23:26

It's gone very cold here in the NW down to 3 degrees this evening and dropping.

I've not had chance to get in the garden this week, sadly the Christmas spuds have been neglected and the foilage has all but died  will see what's in the bags at the weekend.

Strawberries

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 23:29

Strawberries don't need to be pruned or cut back, just take off the leaves which have died.

what decade is your garden?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 22:58

Going a tab bit off topic but on the theme of  'concrete things' does anyone remember when 'garden gnomes' were in fashion. Everyone seemed to have one in their garden, my view was they were the height of bad taste but nearly bought one when it became fashionable for 'your gnome' to go on holiday and gardeners received postcards from their 'missing gnomes' on their travels.

  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 22:04

Warm and sunny here in the NW. 

Hadn't planned to do much in the garden but it was nice to sit outside reading  and I couldn't resist taking some shrub cuttings, not sure if they'll root.

I was hoping to collect seeds from what's left of the runner/french beans this year but the plants are painstakingly taking along time to die and some of the pods don't feel like they have beans in. Took some of the leaves off the plant to help the process along. 

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