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A Bokashi Bean Trench

By Heather 10 years ago

Bean trenches are one of those traditional garden techniques that seem to have lost a bit of favour. The idea is that you dig a trench, line it with newspaper, fill it with your kitchen waste, before covering with soil and planting your beans - so adding lots of fertility and moisture-retention to the soil. Sounds like a good idea but a bit of hard work though, especially as some gardeners recommend starting in the autumn and filling it throughout the winter.

I've decided to try a quick fix with the contents of my Bokashi bin. The fermented kitchen waste is absolutely packed full of nutrients and micro-organisms, or EMs (Effective Micro-organisms) will rot down quickly and hopefully form the perfect growing medium for my heritage seed swapped bean seeds.

Pterodactyls and tatties

By Heather 10 years ago


My veg plot, which was going so well earlier in the year, is now in tatters. My potatoes have blight and my turkeys (which look and behave like pterodactyls) broke into the veg patch and ate all the tops off my carrots, trampled over the tomatoes and pecked holes in my marrows (ouch!). I have a feeling that, at this rate, pterodactyl may be on the menu before the festive season!

However, having said that, we had some fabulous salad leaves, the sweetest peas and, because I was late sowing, we are looking forward to our first picking of runner beans very soon. I have had a peep in the book “How to store your garden produce” for tips on how to store what the turkeys haven’t destroyed. Luckily they don’t seem to like parsnip tops!