Before I began kitchen gardening, I was very clear that seeds were sown in Spring, grew in Summer, were harvested in Autumn and during Winter was the time to oogle seed catalogues and plan for the next round of seasons. This week I’ve been forced to realise life is not that straightforward.

Out I went at first light to put the kitchen waste in the compost tumbler. What did I spot but broad bean plants popping their heads into the damp wintry air. The seeds I planted under the support  string ‘wig-wam’  have sprouted and are hardy enough to grow even in December. In my new brassica patch a few weeks ago I planted cuttings taken from the main everlasting cabbage crop in the old brassica patch. In recent weeks they have been limp and forlorn looking in the cold and wet weather. This week, however, I notice they have perked up and look like plants in their own right. I’m now confident I will have a crop of new cabbage leaves in the spring from the new brassica patch.

The old brassica patch will be cleared in Spring to make way for the spinach and beetroot seedlings. Meanwhile, next week, I’ve a plan to remove five jaded rose bushes which served me well over the last ten years. However, I’m advised that five new rose plants are now required as long as they are not planted in the same soil as their predecessors.


3 responses to this post.

  1. I was out clearing the old stubble at the weekend, and was surprised to notice that the roots of the “painted lady” beans had a tuberous form. I’m new to growing veg, so am ignorant – is this the normal root shape for beans? Would they re-sprout from such tuberousities? My neighbour gave me the seeds, and I am hoping those that I saved from the resulting crop will grow this year. Makes great chilli!


    • Wilco in Wicklow, a Chara,
      Those tuberous growths on your Painted Lady roots are perfectly normal and indeed beneficial. They are the nodules formed by all legumes eg peas and beans, by fixing airborne nitrogen. Leave them to rot down in the ground as they will feed the next crop. Cabbage family crops are good to go where beans grew before as they need good levels of nitrogen. Le meas glas. Trevor


  2. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for your feedback. It is helpful and encouraging. Best wishes with your own food growing adventures. Trevor


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