This is another post about beans! This time the subject is Broad Beans.
My two rows of them (sown on 3rd March) are well-established and growing quite rapidly now so I decided that it was time to remove the protective netting and to provide the plants with some support. Broad Bean plants are naturally quite floppy and are very prone to wind damage unless properly supported.
I had already put in place six stout wooden stakes: one at the end of each row, and one in the middle.These are to be the anchors for my support mechanism. What I do is tie some soft string to an end-post, loop it round the middle post, take it up to the other end and back again in similar fashion, so that I end up with two strings the width of the post apart (i.e. about 3cm). Each bean plant is therefore supported on both sides.
As the beans grow taller I will add more lines of strings higher up the posts - probably two more lines.
The bean flowers are just beginning to form. The prospect of delicious tender young beans is not too far away now...