Beans Means….

Something quite different to the famous advertising slogan, if you’ve ever watched Blazing Saddles.

And broad beans are of course a long culinary way from a cowboy’s campfire chow. Continue reading

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Broad Bean Bonanza

We don’t know about you, but for us it seems to be a bonanza year for broad beans.

Our over-wintered crop, which in past years has struggled to get past knee height, suddenly shot up during May to waist level monsters.

Our first attempt at a spring compost dressing might have helped, as no doubt has the good spring weather. Continue reading

Planting Out

The strange feeling of ‘veg bed competence’ we had at the start of May has somehow survived through to end of the month.

Surely it can’t last!

The greenhouse seedlings (pictured left) rapidly turned into a veritable garden nursery vision of plug plants demanding to be planted out against the risks of any late frosts. Continue reading

And so the cycle begins again…

The New Year barely seems to have got underway, before the occasionally feel of a Spring like day arrives, and the veg growers cycle begins again.

For us at The Secret Acre that usually means the chitting potatoes gets underway, the rotated veg bed plan is drawn up and the new seed order arrives. Continue reading

Smallholding Turkish Style

Visiting Turkish friends this summer, we were told we must visit their Uncle in Urla who, like us, has built a house on an acre of land and is growing his own. And what an inspiration it turned out to be.

Alongside the veg, figs and olives, smallholding Turkish style means a small personal vineyard, about 10 rows of vines producing about 250 bottles a year, which of course we felt duty bound to taste extensively whilst discussing the finer points of our respective wine and cider making. Continue reading