French garden diary - September 2019

Mrs Bean and autumn planting - Cathy Thompson on her correspondence from Connexion-reading gardeners

Trop de haricots? Bien sûr! 2019 will, thankfully, be another year of surplus for me. It takes a couple of poor years to really appreciate how much I rely on them.

In 2017 we had continuous rain just after I sowed my seeds and germination rate was very poor. (Added to which I must have used garden compost containing Morning Glory seed to improve my soil, and initially mistook its undesirable seedlings for those of the haricotsharicot lives were lost in the thinning!).

Last year conditions were so dry at flowering that I learnt the hard way how essential it is to water at this stage.

But this year I ...

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