Sowing frenzy

correct use of a seed potato?

(the correct use of a seed potato)

Just a list of what I sowed yesterday/today

  • Ammi Majus. Bishops Flower
  • Bupleurum Griffith
  • Runner beans
  • Ballotti beans
  • Carrots
  • Spring onions
  • Leaks
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts

and a few other things that have germinated.

  • Helianthus Sunflower Earthwalker
  • Ricinus Impala
  • Cerinthe Major Purpurascens

The cold frame is filling up nicely.

I also planted out 10(ish) broad bean plants. I’ll pop some seeds straight in in a week or so, hopefully we’ll have loads of beans (great on toast :). We ┬áhad problems with black fly last year so I’ll need to keep an eye on them.


More beans


runner and french beans are doing well got a few flowers. I haven’t been watering them as they seem to be doing ok without it (and it’s a chore getting the water from the river). I dug a trench and filled it with horse muck before I planted them out so hopefully that’s holding on to the moisture.

beans in a bag

I was moaning about the frost and the runner bean disaster to a customer at work yesterday and she suggested that a good way to catch back up with the beans would be to throw some seed and compost into a bag, seal it up, give it a shake and put it on a windowsill. Once they germinate pot them on. Apparently an ‘old man’ suggested it to her… so I’m giving it a go.

beans in a bag

edit: all beans germinated, so I put them straight in next to the bamboo canes. I’m not sure if it’s any better than just putting them straight in, I s’pose it’s easier to keep them moist and the window sill is warmer than the soil on the allotment… who knows. I’ll see how things go.