Anyway, a week or so ago he planted some broad beans because he loves them. He also planted some good old-fashioned, sturdy, honest, plain-speaking lettuce:
Yes, the hell with all those flash lettuces. We’ve gone back to iceberg. And Mum’s condensed milk dressing. Nothing like it.The reason there is nothing like it is that it is disgusting. English food at its worst.
I worry about Paul’s garden. From my office I can see about two dozen broad bean plants standing tall and proud because I planted them months ago. We’ll be harvesting soon. Julian Matthews, one’s guide in these matters, advises that seed should be sown:
Early autumn to late winter. Broad beans are best suited to cooler-climate districts rather than mild northern climates.Paul lives near Hastings, in Hawkes Bay, a warmish region. I fear that he has left his run too late, broad-bean-wise.