Monday, July 19, 2010

Just a couple of things to watch out for - beans and leeks

You may still have some broad bean plants in the ground - keep a sharp eye out for black-fly on them and ruthlessly pinch off any leaves, stem or pods which have any infestation (unless it is very light in which case hose them off) - that applies to other plants too.

When your broad beans have reached the end, don't dig them up, but cut the plants off at soil level as that leaves the roots with their nitrogen-rich nodules in the ground.

Now you can dibber the holes in the empty bean bed and drop your leeks into them (you may need to pull off some over-bushy root to get them to drop right down in). Then don't back fill with soil, just top up the hole to the brim with water.


Tea with Willow said...

Hi Heskie, although I've not been posting, I do still check in with my favourite blogs and, as usual, you have timely advice for the veg patch! I will check my beans straight away!

It seems to have been a year for pests in abundance - black fly all over my hanging baskets, ants absolutely *everywhere*! ... and red mite in the chicken house (it's now been thrown on the bonfire & an eglu bought, as I've never had mites in my other eglu hen house!)

Hope you are having a pest-free summer?

Willow x

Anna said...

I will definitely share this tip with my mom and my mother-in-law, as they do lot of gardening. Beans and leeks are my favorite vegetables too. And then when I get my own garden one day, I will remember that. Anna :)