Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Bean Project - 2010 and beyond

Further to last year's bean listings, I now have 96 types of bean to grow out over the next few's the listing as it stands today:

Baby Red Soup
Black Box Pinto
Black Canterbury
Black Coco
Black Croatian
Black Eyed Pea
Black Turtle
Black Valentine
Blue Lake
Bobis d'Albenga
Canadian Wonder
Cardigan [Jersey Rogue]
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Chinese Long
Coco Bianco
Corona Di Spagna
Cose Violette
Cranberry Lilac
Dapple Grey
Early Warwick
Emperor of Russia
Ernie's Big Eye
Fagiolo di Spagna
Henderson Lima
Horticultural Bird's Egg
Hutterite Soup
Ice Crystal Wax
Inca Pea Bean
Jacob's Cattle
Kew Blue
Kinghorn Wax
Lazy Housewife Brown
Lazy Housewife White
Madeira Maroon
Major Cook's Bean
Maria Zeller
Minidor Yellow
Monastic Coco
Mountaineer's Haf White Runner
Mr Fearn's Purple Flowered
Neckar Queen
Necktar Konigin
Norweigan Dry
Nun's Belly Button
Pea Bean
Red Calypso
Red Soup
Rio Zappe
Roqueen Court
Rose D'Eyragues
Royal Red
Ruth Bible
Ruud's mystery
Speckle Chucky
Sweet Australian Purple
Tar Heel
The Prince
Tiger/Tiger eye
Triomph De Farcy
Wild Pigeon
Wild Pigeon Rogue
Yin Yang

Seed Circle

Well, what a lovely surprise.

I am a member of 2 seed circles, one through the Grapevine and one through another forum [allotments for all] and this lovely packet was delivered through the door yesterday.
55 packets of lovely seeds!

When you collate the circle, you separate them all out for each member as they come in, so you get a feel for what's in the packs. but when someone else does it - it is a real surprise when the parcel arrives!

We have got several on the go this year [or should I say next year] - one for general seeds, one for tomatoes, one for peas and beans and one for goodness only knows what selection box I'll have this time next year.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Winter 2010


We've had snow for a week now.....and we're beginning to get pretty annoyed with it.

I've not posted much on here this year for a couple of reasons.

Firstly - we had a huge pile of manure delivered in Jan - and spent weeks shovelling and spreading it across the plot. Then put the potatoes in. We had late frosts so I thought that was the reason we had dodgy looking haulms growing.

Unfortunately not. It was aminopyralid.

Wild? I was livid.

Still angry [we discovered it in May, and it's now December] and we lost lots of crops. Most of the spuds [a few were left to grow just because we couldn't be bothered to do anything with them] loads of onions that had to be moved, loads of beans [not happy], pumpkins and to be honest, we just thought we'd do what we could and write off 2010 as a bad job. The bad stuff was shovelled back off the plot, raked out, and it took us a month to get it into 3 stockpiles and a farmer was paid £300 to take it away and dispose of it. We of course lost at least £300 in crops and got nothing. As per usual - Dow look after the farmers and screw the rest of them.

So, on the 21st Dec starts a new year.

The few pumpkins we had - were left at the lottie until we could use them and lo and behold - the snow got them....

So - onward and upward. We are never having manure on our plot again....even though we've been offered some horse manure - the same farmer that supplier ours also supplies most of the village with the same straw his cows I am guessing that other people will still have a problem in the coming years.....but I've done my bit telling everyone and arranging for 3 people to have theirs removed.

The other reason of course is that I started a new job - working with 5 charity SEN schools to get them building and growing in their own organic veggie gardens on school sites. So the anger above was tempered with the ability to still grow veg around the southern half of the country. So I've been busy busy busy and having a great time!

So, on the 21st starts the new season proper. We currently have onion sets, potato onions and some garlic in the ground - but I will be sowing my main onions and a large amount of garlic and shallots in modules so that I can get started.

*I'm also writing a week-by-week guide for schools to use throughout the growing season telling them what they can do, what they should be doing, what they sow/grow and harvest each week/month. I'll be looking for school gardeners to have a look at this once it is written so any volunteers - please comment here and I'll get in touch.

I've also collected a few more beans for the project - and hopefully didn't lose an actual variety after the manure problem......more photos to follow soon.

Thanks for reading....and don't forget to collect those loo roll innerds for next year's beans!!!