Looking at the plastic bottles on the plot brings to mind the song 10 green bottles hanging on the wall. Well I have 18 plastic bottles resting in the ground and am hoping to keep 18 through the wind and rain!
I think it was during my second year on the plot when I thought I was pulling up weeds but later realised it was the emerging spring onions (I had not placed any markers) – DOH! So now when I direct sow I place a cut down plastic bottle over the seed as a marker and spread bands of vaseline around the bottle to try and keep the slugs and snails at bay.
I like to sow broad beans in November. Tradition says if you sow on Bonfire night you will have a good crop. I usually manage just before or just after. I generally sow Super Aquadulce, although last year I tried The Sutton. For taste and quantity I personally prefer SA.
All the seeds sown have sprouted and are coming along nicely, snug in their protected plastic coats. I am concerned about the amount of rain, water is good but too much will cause problems. I did try to sow in straight lines but, as you can see, failed yet again! I have continued with my freebie newspaper mulching around the seedlings, not a pretty sight, but plan to cover the paper with compost in a week or so.
Interestingly, I have no puddles where I have mulched with newspaper.