Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Have to Risk It Now

Monday was yet another windy day although we did have some sunny spells so out of the wind and in the sunshine it felt quite mild.

Despite holding off sowing seeds for as long as possible it’s now time for some of our plants to move out of the cosseted greenhouse environment and into the cold frame to start the hardening off process. Some of our onions made this move last week and today it was the turn of our broad beans “Witkeim Manita”. Broad beans are pretty hardy so I’m sure they’ll manage outside.
The plants look strong and healthy but now they’re outside they are more likely to fall victims to slugs and snails not to mention any damage from birds. The cold frame is netted so I’m hoping to have eliminated bird damage but you can never be 100% sure. Hopefully after hardening off for a week these broad beans will be planted out in the allotment. Then they really will be at the mercy of the elements.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary http://ossettweather.blogspot.co.uk/ author M Garrett


  1. What wonderfully healthy plants. I grew broad beans last year for the first time but mine were mostly eaten by slugs and covered in black fly

    1. That's my problem now they're outside keeping enemy number 1 slugs and snails from eating them.

  2. Those broad beans look nice and robust. I'm down from 24 to 11, but those 11 are in situ at the allotment. I've filled in the casualties with outdoor direct sowing.


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