bird brains

We plant broad beans twice in the year. The first planting is in early November. This crop should emerge from the soil around Christmas and put on a real growth spurt in early spring when the soils warm and the days lengthen. The next batch is sown in early spring, ready to harvest a couple of weeks after the over wintered crop. In a good year we should have a good stream of beans from mid May to late June.

This year we have encountered some feathery problems. Our sister farm in Peterborough had advised us that crows tend to have a taste for newly planted beans. Soon after planting they can swoop in, and with a sharp