We’d been waiting all week to visit the veg patch so we were very excited this morning when Sunday finally arrived. The twins won the ‘name in the hat’ draw that the kids organise so it was their turn to come along and help. Little did they know that today was mostly about digging a bed for the beans. Bless them, they were willing though 🙂
even when they saw how much they had to dig and all the weeds they had to clear.
This whole bed ? I hope you’re going to help a bit, Mum …
You start at one end and I’ll start at the other then we won’t hit each other with a shovel, or soil, completely be accident , of course, Hannah grinned 😉
Much digging and weeding later, the whole bed had been dug over and every last weed pulled up. The kids had a right to feel very pleased with what they’d done and thought maybe the next job could be a bit more fun since this one had been really hard work.
The next job was quite hard too but they found the fun in it, as usual.
They carried over the long canes that the beans were going to climb up..
…and untied all the ribbons holding them in a bundle.
Hannah had a good idea…..she saved them to use them later as ‘bird-scarers’, to be tied onto the canes and flap in the wind.
Next job was to space the canes out evenly along the edges of the bed.
and then climb up to the top, with a bit of help, and tie the canes together to make a strong frame….or was it the upside-down hull of a Viking raiding ship? Yes, it was definitely that one 🙂
You get the best view from up here !
Then they carefully tied string around the canes to give the beans something to hold onto when they were still small……… but they decided it could just as easily be a great big climbing frame for them..
..and Hannah remembered to tie the ‘bird-scarer’ ribbons on while she was up there.
We decided we wouldn’t plant the beans today because the weather is going to be very cold this coming week and they might not like that, so we called that job finished for today and the kids went to check on the broad beans, the ones that Mr. & Mrs. Vole and family had munched their way through last week.
Hmm. Some are growing but some have been discovered and turned into a tasty meal and all there is to see now is a hole where they were ..
..and a few top shoots that weren’t as appealing as the beans themselves. Never mind, there will still be plenty for us to eat in a few months.
Is it time for a rest now and a sunbathe ?
I think you two would be more comfortable under the little apple tree
(and then Mum could have her flask of coffee)
Very last job was to cover up the little baby apple tree with fleece so that all its blossom doesn’t fall off in next week’s mini ice-age, even before the bees have had a chance to visit it.
Poor thing, good luck little tree x