I am not sure whether you have noticed the size of the broad bean plants in yesterday’s post. They have certainly grown up and sideways, too … since I last shared pictures of the blooms in April. But since it is a dwarf variety, the plants will not grow overly tall lah.
I have been checking thoroughly the plants for ants and aphids almost on a daily basis … to make sure that there will not be a repeat of what had happened last year. And I am excited to say … that maybe this year, I will be luckier with the broad beans … because … I just realised four days ago … that the broad bean plants had started to pod! Yeayyy!! 😀
I was so excited at seeing the beans that I took quite a number of shots of them! hehehe …
The broad bean plants four days ago … before the major shifting that I did to accommodate the tomatoes and a few other plants …
… and when I first noticed the bean pods that had formed … only because I was trying to take snapshots of a bee enjoying the blooms! 🙂
And the same bean pods … two days later. Once the pods have started forming, they certainly become big quite fast!
I am pretty sure that if I can continue to keep the ants and the black aphids away from the new blooms that form near the top … I should be able to get a reasonable number of broad beans this year.
They look good, are they not? Ahhh …. finally, I will get to enjoy some fresh broad beans this summer! But maybe … I should not start counting my chickens before they are hatched (or in this case, my beans before they are harvested!) 😀
However, the broad bean plants are not the only one that have started to pod.
One of the bean plants here has also started to pod. Not the dwarf runner bean plant … which is the biggest of the three … but the tiny plant with the blue clip.
This is the only runner bean plant that survived the long wait to get onto the balcony. I lost two others while waiting for the weather to turn warm. It started flowering quite early (even before I repotted it outside) … but was affected by the chilly spring weather in late May. And these second flush of blooms at the beginning of June, which I had hoped would develop into beans … dropped off about a week ago, with not a single one developed into pod! Haizzz …
But this tiny plant (only a few inches tall) … with an equally tiny and nondescript looking flowers which hardly look like flowers to me … and which I had been wondering when it would ever get bigger … had actually managed to spring a surprise on me.
It may be really tiny … even tinier than the Tom Thumb pea plant and was among the last of the several varieties of beans to be sown … but on the day I discovered that the broad bean plants had started to pod, I saw that this Andante green bean plant was also doing the same! And the beans were so skinny and tiny.
And the Andante beans as they are this morning … still skinny but longer. I had bought the seeds online, not expecting the plant and the beans to be as tiny as they are. But then … they look very cute … too cute to pick, in fact! 🙂
Another of this tiny plant is just about to bloom … so maybe in another week or so, I might get a few more tiny green beans. Not enough to make a meal … I know. To have more, I will have to sow more seeds lah … which I am definitely going to do!
But then … they can always be added to the other vegetables that I am growing on the balcony.
Like for dinner yesterday … I added freshly picked golden sweet peas, broad bean shoots and white onions to supermarket-bought mushrooms to make a stir fried vegetables.
And then, a few radishes with some mix greens for salads. Not a five course dinner, definitely … but enough to make a simple meal which the hubby and I enjoyed. And also the added pleasure of picking them, myself! 😀
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