Today's pick of pulses (loads of broad beans and some snow peas) came in cradled in my home-made paisley frock! I so often forget to grab the basket when I hit Fortress Wallaby, mostly because I intend to go for a stroll rather than pick!
The broad bean patch is now looking very tatty - soon I will turn the de-beaned plants into the soil and let it stew a for a bit while I think of what to plant in the nitrogen richer spot.
I took a slightly different approach with the spent sugar snaps. When they had finished producing I cut the plants off at ground level leaving the nitrogen fixing nodules on the roots in the ground and then put the contents of a compost bin on top.
I used the tops of the sugar snaps as a mulch for the tomatoes.
Other pulses I have in are some borlotti.
They are at two different stages of development - some of the plants got knocked over in a very late frost and the younger ones are from me re-planting the spaces left behind by the frosted-off plants.
I also have some climbing 'Purple King' in which seem to be doing very well. I am enjoying the purple stems very much.
In front of them are some 'Hawkesbury Wonder' bush beans which were also knocked around by that same late frost and so the gaps in the bed...more have gone in.
I am picking a small crop of snow peas right now ( as you saw above).
They wont go for much longer - as the heat creeps up the plants fade.
I also have in a row of 'Kentucky Wonder' - thanks Nina.
These too would have been more advanced except that late October frost did all of the Wonders from Kentucky in! Well, at least these little wonders are looking quite healthy!
What pulses do you have in... what should I grow that I am not?