I can't be the only GoYer to have a subscription to Saga Magazine (no you fool, but you are the only one to admit it) but did anyone else read the gardening column this month?
The writer describes how he cuts his broad bean stalks down to ground level after cropping, as we already do, and leaves the roots in the ground so that the nitrogen nodules can return nitrogen to the soil. He then goes on to say that, rather than just leave the ground waste for the rest of the year he sows quickly maturing cabbages amongst the roots as cabbage benefits from this nitrogen. The idea is to have extra, small fresh cabbage in the autumn and winter.
We have just been out and sown spare seed of Primo and Greyhound along the bean and pea rows. They are early summer varieties, already doing well from the original sowings, but we have nothing to lose - at the worst they will provide extra green manure or compost.
- 2 Aug, 2009