But I still need to figure out how to get that message across to Mr Fox!  Seriously though, this weekend completed the digging for the entire plot.  This time last year, that seemed like a long way away.

I’ve gotten over my sulk and tidied up the shredded cardboard – yes, YOU Mr Fox.

My plan for this long bed is for brassicas (PSB, swede, kale and calabrese), winter squash – this year I’m trying sweet dumpling and courgettes.  I’ve put my usual sunflower hedge at the front of the bed, edging the access path and I want to shoe-horn in another cut flower bed.

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My dilemma is that I think I’ve introduced contaminated soil in the shape of the mushroom compost and top soil blend from Sempervirens aka Otter Nursery.  Perfectly healthly plants go in and the leaves start to go brown around the edges as if burned or frosted (this started before the frosts) This works progressively up the plant and the only solution seems to move the affected plants in to multi-purpose compost.  I wonder if the soil is now too alkaline – it was alkaline to start with.  Would sulphur help to correct it do you think?

These are the swede seedlings – some went into a raised bed and others went into this long bed.  Those in the raised bed are green, healthy and growing and the others are struggling.

The broad bean story is similar; beautifully healthy pot grown plants turned brown and dying after two weeks.  Transferring them to bottomless pots with multi-purpose has helped and they are perking up.  Today I noticed the top leaves are furled and I don’t know why.  I know that I prefer years when all I need worry about with broad beans is blackfly!

So, dear reader, what should I do about this long bed?  The mushroom compost covers about a third of the total growing area.

Any ideas what’s causing the broad bean leaves to curl in would be appreciated too.

Enjoy your week.

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