Peas & Beans

How to Freeze Broad Beans

There are two schools of thought on how to freeze broad beans – some people blanch the beans before freezing and some don’t. Blanching involves plunging the beans into boiling water to stop all enzyme activity in the beans, so the
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Blackfly on Runner Beans

We do not usually suffer from blackfly on runner beans. Our vegetable garden is in the north of the UK where we normally have cool, damp summers. Blackfly, like all aphids usually thrive in hot, dry conditions! Blackfly are attacking the
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How to Make Vegetable Crisps – Recipe

Vegetables make healthy snacks – vegetable crisps are delicious. Most root vegetables make tasty crisps: potatoes parsnips carrots sweet potato beetroot   Recipe for vegetable crisps: slice veg thinly with a potato peeler if using potatoes – wash the slices
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Blackfly on Broad Beans

Blackfly    –  Latin name: Aphis fabae (in the family of Aphididae) Blackfly is a serious pest of broadbeans in the kitchen garden. A whole mass of shiny black insects cover the growing tips, flower buds and the underside of young
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Pinch Broad Bean Tops to Control Blackfly

Gardeners often pinch out the tops of broad beans to curb black fly. We very rarely pinch out the tops.  But if blackfly are a problem, the tips may be pinched out when the first pods are set. To pinch
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Broad Bean Top Omelette

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has produced a wonderful omelette recipe using broad bean tops. Ingredients: * handful leafy broad bean tops * 4 eggs * 50gm of butter * salt & pepper to taste Click here to see Hugh’s article in The
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Bean and Pea Seed Fly

Bean and Pea seed fly (Latin name – Delia platura, Delia florilega) Adult fly is very small (3 to 6 mm long) & grey in colour Eggs are pearly white, elongated & 1 mm long, laid on the soil surface
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Bean Poles, Sticks or Trellis?

Runner Beans need poles, sticks, trellis or mesh to climb up and provide support. Plastic supports last for years and tend to be stronger than bamboo canes.  When the beans are mature, they will have a great mass of foliage,
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Broad Bean Midwinter – a new strain.

Broad bean  Midwinter is an exciting  new strain  bred by Malcolm Allison. The Midwinter strain is characterised by flowers in shades of pink & red and seeds that are red, or that turn purple at maturity. Malcolm is offering these
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Growing Pea Shoots Inside

Growing peas just for shoots is a quick way to grow fresh veg & it can be done inside. Pea shoots are the leaves & stem from the top 2 to 6 inches of a younger pea plant, & include
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