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broad beans

Looking all ‘Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady at the races’, who’d have thought this was the frankly robust broad bean. I love broad beans, to pod, to eat, to sow a proper crop in late October/early November when everything else is going dormant.  These were last year’s flowers, the photo taken on 8th April, …

winter squash

Cucurbits (courgette, pumpkin, squash) can be really satisfying to grow as they have big seeds that you start off indoors in May and produce nice plants pretty quickly.  The fruits are shapely and tasty, and their final curing (sitting in the sun once ripe) encourages a postive transition to autumn, I feel. I’m still getting …

cosmos psyche white

What’s in a name? Well, how could your mind not be lifted by Cosmos ‘Psyche White’. It’s a light and floaty tall annual, with fine foliage and prolific moon-daisy flowers. It also has a vigourous, iron constitution and is easy to raise. I spare a 1.5m x 2.5m raised bed for cut flowers at my …

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