Springtime on the allotment

The allotment year begins with Howard’s hazel poles while early birds keep us company

Spring, the time to build garden supports for sweetpeas, peas and climbing beans. Howard has his hands on a beautiful bundle of hazel via his local spoon-carving community.

There are tall heavy poles for the French bean structure (we will be growing blue Blauhilde and an Italian yellow). There’s also shorter, thinner sticks for peas and flowers (mostly heavy-scented Spencer sweet peas from specialist supplier Roger Parsons) with the skinniest branches to be threaded inbetween.

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