May is planting time rather than sewing time as the allotment screams for attention. The nights are still chilly so many seeds are sown in the greenhouse for safety. I have a wonderful neighbour to my plot. Ray has been tilling his patch for about 45 years, and although in his 80's, he tills the land to within an inch of it's life! He has always got a saucy joke or a bit of wisdom to impart. Anyway he has given me a lovely collection of his saved bean seeds. They are beautiful aren't they? Magic beans upon a growing quilt project.
Apparently those lovely shiny black beans are an old Norfolk type - highly prized!
These round beans produce flat beans which climb. They are topped and tailed and eaten after steaming. I would love to know what they are called.
I was watching Alys Fowler on T.V. growing her veg and edible flowers. It's very inspiring. I heard that apparently one can eat the weed goosegrass. We call it Sticky Willy here - it gets stuck all over your legs when you walk through it. When it is steamed or wilted it's just like spinach. I had it for lunch! You can almost taste the iron!!