It's time to get supports in for all my tall heritage veggies, (shortness has been bred into modern varieties to make them easier to manage). These 'Champion of England' peas will easily get to 2 metres - so although these might look like the most optimistic pea sticks in the world, they'll be fully covered in a few weeks. They need to be strong enough to hold the weight of the crop without keeling over at the crucial moment. I kept lots of nice sturdy bits of hazel from the hedge I laid back in January - perfect for the job and I love how they look. Plenty of twiggy bits for the peas to wrap their little tendrils around as they sprint skywards.
On Monday I found myself short of a few sticks to finish the supports for my broad beans. Now I wouldn't normally disappear up the woods on a busy bank holiday (honest boss if you're reading this), but the siren call of an hour's peace among the trees was hard to resist. So I took some loppers and set off to cut some ash poles.
Here they are in situ with cats cradle string.
The beans on the right are a month ahead.
I'm going to learn to make string out of nettles to help build our new Celtic village.
That's exciting (if you're me).
My arms are covered in nettle rash from pulling them out of the hedges.
Might as well make use of the little buggers - too tough to eat now, so string it is...