When I planted out my first batch of runner beans, there was one plant left over, one bean that wouldn't fit in the container. This bean has been living in my house, but today I decided that it had to go. Too large and too aclimatised to indoor life to be a suitable backup bean, it was time to do a bit of recycling.
Today I put spare triffid, along with some of my other spares, in the compost bin. The soil I reused. Runner beans, like other legumes, contain nitrogen fixating bacteria in their roots. This bacteria converts nitrogen from the air into more complex nitrogen compounds that are required by plants; so hopefully, if nothing else, spare triffid has made the soil more firtile for the next plant.
A Bucket (or two) of Mint
Today I acquired some mint plants, Apple Mint and Moroccan Mint, and planted them out in containers in my garden. It is always a good idea to keep mint in containers, as it spreads quickly from its underground rhizomes.
Currently I have two containers, and two varieties of mint. The containers should be big enough for a few more varieties of mint, but I will have to be prompt at acquiring them, as the current two plants would happily fill the containers if left to their own devises.
Signs of the First Fruit
Both my courgettes and my strawberries are showing signs of bearing fruit.
Courgette plants have both male and female flowers. Only the female flowers will produce fruit, but they start production before the flower had opened.
Strawberries, on the other hand, only produce useful fruit after the flower has been fertilised and has died back. Unlike other fruits, the main body of a strawberry is not the ovary of the flower, but rather contains many ovaries on its surface. These ovaries become the seeds that cover the surface of a strawberry fruit.