We are somewhere between late spring and early summer. In the last week we have seen our first swallows and house martins (but no swifts) and watched a sparrowhawk on our fence checking out the prospects of small garden birds. And today we have sown the last seeds on our plan, two varieties of dwarf french beans, two of climbing french beans (all heritage varieties) and runner bean Czar, a white seeded bean that can be grown on till the pods are dry and then shelled for use like butter beans. These have now all been safely tucked in and we wait for the exciting day when they start to poke through. Below is what last Monday's Cobra beans look like today - we counted 22 shoots so far from a sowing of 25 beans - and they will be going to Serpentine to be part of the Garden Organic 2020 experiment described in a previous blog.