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Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: A good dent is made in the allotment!  Reply with quote    

Jeff wrote:
... I've been for a clearing mission to the new allotment twice now, once with my brother, ...


It's much easier with a spade; unless his name's Doug...

Jeff



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Judith, I'm not going to start planting it up until Spring and until then I'll just be adding manure and turning the soil getting plenty of air and goodness into it...

I've got some nice winter goodies coming on well in the back garden so I'm able to be patient with the plot...

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like a good plan.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't go to the gym, its not me, but i think the working over of land is much better exercise-and you get to see something for it!

2steps



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 05 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well done

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Garlic and broad beans, garlic and broad beans. Do it now!!!!!!!!

Jeff



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know.... OK, I think I might just get a patch of Garlic in, not Broad beans cos nobody eats them...

Literally just buy some pods, break them up and plant the cloves, right???

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

PM Tahir - he may have a couple of bulbs going, if not try Kings Seeds. Yes just break up the bulb and plant each clove about 8 inches to a foot apart, no mopre than 2 inches deep. Keep weed free in the spring and they'll be ready about late June early July and then you can follow with French Beans.

Broad Beans - heretic! Eat them when they are obscenely young not when they are big and smell of socks. Like sweetcorn, you've never had them at their best. I almost exclusively eat them in HFW's broad bean and chorizo recipe with some rice. Heaven, Im looking forward to May already. You can follow them with cabbages or your Christmas brussels who'll appreciate the nitrogen fixed by the beans.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jeff wrote:
I know.... OK, I think I might just get a patch of Garlic in


I've got garlic, B had some that he wasn't expecting so I've got 3 heads I can give you

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another passionate defender of the broad bean here. Don't listen to anyone else. Plant loads - they are delicious!
I was really chuffed this morning to see that the old broad bean plants I left in from this season as an experiment had all sprouted again from the bottom and I can see at least a dozen little pods and quite a few flowers coming along.

culpepper



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good going!Only another 8 trips and you'll have the whole lot clear then

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 05 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I will "third" that on broad beans, try them, you must. They can be eaten at the less likely times of the year and if you have not had them straight from the plant then you are not in a position to judge properly.

Anna-marie



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 05 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done, Jeff!!
Hope your back is not too sore!!
Broad beans are totally different when you have grown them yourself.
I don't normally like them, either, but have really enjoyed some when home-grown, especially if served with loads of mash. Bacon goes very well with this.
Get a pig!! He will clear the land for you, and you can eat him afterwards with your broad beans!!
Good luck with the rest of your allotment.
Anna-marie

hermil



Joined: 04 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 05 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love broad beans. I eat a lot of them in salads so they don't even last long enough to be cooked. The trick is to pick them before they get old, when they do lose some of their flavour, and the skin hardens up.
A variety I always grow is "The Sutton" - it doesn't need staking and is very prolific. Before I had an allotment it used to do really well in containers.

Mad Dad



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 05 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have to echo the sentements of the Broad Bean defenders....A broad bean that you have grown yourself will taste much better than any other you have tasted especially if you harvest before the pods are 4in in length.

Eat them raw or with the shortest of blanchings and I promise you will enjoy them.

If i'm wrong please feel free to berate me next year.....

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