The broad beans are very late this year, but at last we harvested the first of them today, and they were very tasty, such a treat after the long wait since we sowed them in October.
Within a couple of hours of picking them, we were enjoying the beans mixed into pasta with olive oil, garlic, lardons (bacon) and shavings of Parmesan.
Pepper plants update
Just when we were hoping to plant out our pepper plants the weather has suddenly turned cold and wet again. The rain is welcome, to fill the stream and our water butts in the garden, but the cold (14 degrees C) is a bit unexpected after last week’s summer temperatures. So for the next few days we’ll leave the pepper plants in the protection of the cold frame in the garden. I discovered some whitefly on a couple of the pepper plants that had been in the mini-greenhouse on the balcony, so today I picked them all off, one by one – not easy to do with middle-aged eyesight! I’ll check them all again in a couple of days’ time before we plant them out.
Killing off the whitefly.
Our courgette plants were getting much to big for the cold frame, so Lo Jardinièr planted them out today. The weeds are doing well in the garden, too, but I don’t mind this poppy which is growing among the broad beans, I’ll leave it to grow.