Peas and broad beans have been among the first things to be planted on the plot.
So far two lots of broad beans - Masterpiece Green Longpod and Witkiem Manita - have been planted out with a third variety - Crimson Flowered - hardening off in the cold-frame.
As I've mentioned before weed control fabric has been used on this bed and the beans planted through it in a crossed slit. We're learning as we go along which type of planting technique best suits which type of plant. When planting the first lot of beans I tried to scoop soil out of the 'hole' in the fabric but for the second lot I sort of scooped aside a planting pocket in the soil keeping the soil under the fabric. During the last visit to the plot both sets of beans were growing well.
At first we thought that the fabric was keeping weevils at bay but they have obviously now homed in on the plants and started nibbling.
At least now the plants are growing well and large enough to withstand the attentions of the weevils.
We're also using weed control fabric with our peas. Here the method is different as we have planted the peas into long slits in the fabric - in the same way as we have planted the carrots, parsnips, onions and shallots. The pea plants - Meteor -were first raised by sowing seeds in small pots to grow them on before planting out on the plot.
We have also planted two taller growing variety of pea - Sugar Snap (this was a substitute for another variety of pea that we ordered) - and a mangetout variety - Carouby de Maussane. The latter has purple flowers and we have grown it before.
We have just coppiced one of the hazel bushes planted on the plot, (originally these were transplanted from the garden where they started life as one corkscrew hazel). The 'prunings' are being used as pea sticks. The manure mulch is just really to prevent the fabric from blowing about and will be of no harm to the peas. Once the fabric is removed it can be incorporated into the soil and so eventually serve two purposes.
Again it will be interesting to see how much weevil damage the pea plants suffer.