Bean were the order of the day today. Our first batch of broad beans were ready and duly sent up to our Head teacher’s office (his favourite vegetable!)
Then we had our runner beans to plant out from the greenhouse. The children enjoyed creating the wigwams for them to climb up.
Our peas were looking good too – we couldn’t resist picking a few pods and eating them! The children were amazed at how good they tasted – even the ‘I don’t like peas’ children enjoyed them!
Other jobs included planting out the last of our tomatoes, replanting a few pumpkins and of course, weeding and watering.
Cooking with peas for next week’s session – any suggestions!?
During the week, our friends at the Observer http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/allotment kindly sent us an exciting package. The children discovered that it contained a big bag of broad bean seeds – Aquadulce Claudia.
These beans are perfect for autumn planting and we have been growing them successfully for the past couple of years. They are the favourite vegetable of our head teacher Alan and he has happily taken them off our hands and enjoyed them for his dinner on numerous occasions.
We had a lovely empty bed ready for them so after we had removed the leaves and dug over the soil, we popped them in. There they will stay all snug and cosy over winter and should be ready in late spring.
It reminded me of the song ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ which we used to sing at school.
The children however, had never heard of it!