The First of the Broad Beans

Ten out of ten for persistence. The broad beans sewed themselves back in their favourite spot.

Ten out of ten for persistence. The broad beans sewed themselves back in their favourite spot.

Last year the broad beans were out of control.  I wasn’t here enough to pick them in time and look after them properly. The towering plants fell over in the winds and I picked most of them a bit too late in the season – meaning I had lot of floury hard beans.

The best laid plans – I decided this year to plant them against walls and fences rather than in the raised garden bed, so they had support, however the beans had different ideas and self-seeded themselves back in their original bed. At least I have them securely staked and wired this year. A healthy crop is already underway.

IMG_2674This time I’m also picking them before they get too large and tough – such lovely beans, even if a little work is required – depodding, blanching and then removing their skins, but all so worth it. First meal was a simple orecchiette pasta with broad beans, ham and parmesan. Just perfect for a simple dinner using home-grown ingredients.

I also have a healthy crop of sugar snap and snow peas ready at present that will be lining up for salads and stir fries.

Just one of the pea plantings - sugar snaps, snow and regular . I stagger these as they are consumed with gusto. Many don't make it inside!

Just one of the pea plantings – sugar snaps, snow and regular . I stagger these as they are consumed with gusto. Many don’t make it inside!

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