Hazels are long-lived plants, making 70-80 years if left to grow naturally, but much older trees are a common sight in our woodlands. The long, straight poles wore once highly valued for building and other purposes and these plants Continue reading
Trees are beautiful things to have in the garden, but we don’t all have the space. Yet some of the most productive and pretty trees can be sneaked in as part of a hedge or into the back of the ornamental border without taking up much room. Filberts and hazels make themselves useful in other ways, too – the routine pruning required gives rise to wonderful durable, flexible and long poles to make into pea sticks and plant and legume supports, hurdles, canes.
Full Of Beans
We all love beans and few plots are without a row of runners or some dwarf or climbing French varieties. Runners remain our favourites, but needing support they can be more difficult to grow, especially in small spaces. ‘Jackpot Mix’ contains a mixture of runner bean x dwarf French bean hybrids which are said to produce big yields of runner bean-sized pods on compact, self-fertile plants. Dwarf French beans are really prolific and great freezer that can be relied upon even in a poor summer. ‘Compass’ produces very fine pods in great numbers and can be harvested from May to September. Continue reading