Planting Broad beans And Homemade Planters.

It’s been beautiful weather at the allotment this week.  Each day has started off cold but by the afternoon I have been working in my short sleeved T-shirt.

I noticed my Forsythia has started to flower:

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and the daffodils are looking lovely too:

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It’s has been feeling very much like Spring.

I noticed that there are buds on some of my fruit trees.  I was especially pleased to see the Quince tree I planted last month is growing.  I always worry a little bit just in case trees that I buy bare-rooted don’t grow (even though I have never had one that doesn’t).  So it is always a relief to see the little buds in spring:

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The area underneath my large plum tree is looking ‘spring-like’ too with daffodils and primroses:

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The ‘Christmas rose’  (Helleborous) is flowering well now and I noticed the first ‘For-get-me-nots’ (Myosotis) are starting to flower.

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Last week I ordered some ‘snow drops in the green’ and they came on Tuesday so I planted them.  ‘In the green’ just means that they have been lifted just after flowering so you can see what you are buying and it’s easier to plant them where you want them in Spring, rather than planting bulbs later on in the year.

I ordered more Snowdrops this year for my woodland area, in memory of my old friend who passed away last February when the Snowdrops were flowering.  I would like lots and lots of Snowdrops in this area, so I decided I would buy a few each year until I have enough.

Snow drops are really easy to plant ‘in the green’.  I just dug a hole and dropped them in and watered them well.

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This week at my allotment I planted my broad beans that I sowed at the beginning of January.  The variety is called ‘Aquadulce’, which is an overwintering variety.

I like to make sure my broad beans are well supported, as they do sometimes ‘flop’ over.  I use small canes and string to support the beans.  I use two strings at different heights:

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I also put little balls on my outside canes to stop me from poking my eyes when I bend forward to weed or pick the beans.  These balls were brought in the sales a few years ago from Argos.  They are balls that are used in children’s ball pits, with a slit cut in each one so I can place it on the canes.

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This week at my allotment I also decided it was time to neaten up the area at the front of my plot.

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At the front of my plot is an area full of couch grass, where I can park my car when I bring it.  It is really useful to have this space as it is great for unloading my plants etc.  However, where it ends it is scruffy.

After lots of thought I decided it would be nice to have some flowers here, in long thin planters.  This would stop the couch grass from growing through the soil, but I found that this would be expensive to do….so I spent a good few months wondering how I could do this cheaply and last week I finally had an idea:

A few years ago my dad gave me some wooden grocers boxes with the bottoms removed.  The idea was to use them as mini cold frames with a piece of glass resting on the top.  For a few years I used them like this and they were great, however I stopped using them when I inherited my polytunnel.  So they have sat on my plot unused for three years, until this week:

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I took the sides off the boxes and used a saw to cut them down to the size I wanted and then put them back together.

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I then gave them a paint.

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I removed some of the grass at the front of my plot…

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…and put the boxes in place.  I hammered posts in the ground to stop the boxes from moving and covered the soil at the bottom of each box with weed suppressant to stop the couch grass from growing up through the boxes.

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I then filled the boxes with my homemade compost.

I think the boxes will look lovely filled with some flowers over the summer….I’ve just got to decide which flowers.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my blog today.  I will be back at my usual time on Monday.

Have a good weekend!

                                                       

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23 thoughts on “Planting Broad beans And Homemade Planters.

    • It has been really mild here in the Midlands and I think we have only had a handful of frosts all winter this year…it’s a shame as a hard winter kills all the nasty bugs that eat our plants doesn’t it.

      Do you watch Beechgrove Garden?… I really like Monty Don in Gardeners world but I absolutely love the Beechgrove Garden Program on BBC Scotland…when I watch it, it always reminds me how much later the season starts for people like yourself that live up North.

  1. It is lovely to be at the allotment in spring isn’t it. I love what you’ve done with the boxes, a clever use of a leftover thing. No doubt they will look lovely with flowers in them come summertime.

  2. Those planters are such a good idea, putting them next to each other will look good but also reinforce the structure … but you knew that, right ?
    🙂
    Another fine post, thank you.

  3. I love your idea with the planting boxes looks much neater, its great to find things to do jobs that have cost nothing.
    Sue

  4. Your bulbs are bEEUtiful! We didn’t get much out of our bulbs last Spring as the heat set in pretty quick.
    Your broadbeans should love what you’ve done. You inspire me to try it!

  5. It looks great!Not gardening yet as the garden needs levelling!Hopefully next weekend.But I have taken a leaf out of your book and made 14 roman blinds only 8 to go- never made them before but had a quote for 3 windows of over £1200 yep!Shocked!

    • Wow 14 roman blinds…one was enough for me lol. Think how much money you will be saving and I bet they will be nicer than the ones you got quoted for. Well done. I would love to see them when they are finished

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