Saturday, 11 August 2012

Teeth on the loose

Something's been going round the site chomping broad bean pods. The toothmarks are quite regular, and considerably larger than a rat's. Maybe a rabbit?

And something - probably the same something - has bitten through most of the stems on this wigwam of Kew Blue French beans. Hopefully they'll grow back, but they'll be set back by several weeks, and they're late enough to start with. I deliberately planted them in a weedy spot; they'll tower over the ground elder, and I can dig that out properly over the winter.

Rosebay willowherb. It's nice and cheerful, as long as it isn't on my plot! It's a weed of damp places and bare soil, but that pretty much describes the site.


  1. I really like the idea of growing a wigwam of beans in the groundelders, since I've groundelders in the bed I intend for beans next year :-)

  2. Dig out as much ground elder as you can first, so it doesn't compete with the bean roots too badly. Climbing beans will be way above it, of course, once they start growing. The ground elder will spread a lot over the summer, but it won't be so thick, and you can dig it out again in the autumn. It's slow, but if you keep going you do get on top of the horrible stuff.