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Wales, United Kingdom
In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Bean report

After the crisis of the soggy seeds way back at the end of last year, I've had beans growing in pots in the conservatory. I did intend to plant them out when the weather got warm enough, but that hasn't really happened this summer and while some gave up the ghost, quite a few survived...

Beans not dying

... and one even climbed up its pole.

Climbing bean shows the others what they should be doing

They produced a few flowers and now all of them have at least one pod developing.

I'm pretty sure they're supposed to go purple like that

So after soaking and neglect, it looks like I might get some beans after all - some, but not many. In fact, the quantity is so small that I don't think I'll get any to eat if I also want to keep seeds for next year. These are the seeds given to me by a friend of my dad's which are the closest to baked beans that will grow in the UK (at least I think they are - she gave me two varieties and it might be the other ones). The Home grown baked beans project is proving to be rather long term.