The broad beans on the windowsill have become lanky and when hardening-off on the balcony, they flop about like boiled spaghetti. I guess what doesn't kill them will make them hardier. The spuds ave chitted and are perhaps even too long, but today is the day--in they go. The broad beans: First the debris was raked-away and holes were made with a bulb-planter and The beans which were germinated in root-trainers were lowered into the holes. I held them erect and poured water in around the periphery of the hole, letting the water take the loose ground down...filling the holes in around the plants. We pulled off a bit more mulch in order to make two rows of spinach seeds. The seeds were planted and covered with vermiculite to hold moisture. Boy, when I look at these pics, I can see how much work there is to be done. A side comment is that (and it is still early days) the strawb plants to the right of the small white signs were given mychorrhizal fungi when planted. It may be coincidence that the plantlets there look more leafy than the same types to the left of the signs....on the other hand.... Well, like I said, it still early days. Then the spuds: I planted them in my usual way at the bottom of the trenches. Every year that I use that furrow-maker I am happy that I have it. I feel like a sort of plough horse sometimes. It is always guess-work as to how much soil to cover them with in the beginning--You don't want to make them too deep for fear of rotting, and not to shallow for fear of frost damage. You can see that I have four furrows and here and there you can see sticks. in the furrows. These are to mark where one sort ends and another sort begins. We had four different sorts, but not an equal number of seed spuds. The greenhouse in the background is the next project. Last years soil must be shovelled out and a new mixture must be shovelled into the empty trenches. A little wait then in go the toms. Whoopee! A little bit of sunshine and warmer weather and it will be all systems, go. --Laissez les bon temps rouler !