Questions Expecting the Answer ‘Yes’

When you’ve boasted within earshot of the weather gods of the magnificence of your broad beans while noting their vulnerability to the faintest of breezes due to your having neglected to stake them, would it be a good idea to go up immediately and stake them before it’s too late?

And if you’ve failed to do so immediately would it behove you to then take more than an academic interest in the weather man announcing that today would be unusually windy for June and sprint up and stake them then before the wind got up and your broad beans ended up looking like this?

flattened broad beans

And would it, on the whole, be easier to tie up broad beans on a nice still calm-before-the-storm sort of morning rather than at the point when the storm is roaring in on a north wind?

And is this what a stable bolted after the horse has gone looks like, interpreted in the medium of string, stakes and battered-looking broad bean plants?

tied up broad beans

When will I learn?


8 Responses to Questions Expecting the Answer ‘Yes’

  1. John says:

    It’s never too late………..

  2. Charles says:

    If it was not for the fact that they are delicious one would not grow them. They take up a lot of room, they are a black fly magnet and they fall over at the drop of a hat. Have you tried eating the young tips at the top of the plant. Very good in salads……

  3. disgruntled says:

    @John – I seem to remember they all fell over last year as well.
    @Charles – not tried the tips, although I have put pea shoots in salad. Must try it

  4. Sarah says:

    I have in the past I think confessed here to having confused the broad beans with the spinach. Hence I can confirm they are quite tasty.

  5. disgruntled says:

    oh no, did you eat them all before you discovered your mistake?

  6. Sarah says:

    No, but we did a fine job of ‘pinching out the tops’…

  7. Sarah says:

    Also cauliflower leaves. They make an excellent alternative to spring greens…

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