We love growing Borlotti Beans, the red pods look exotic & gorgeous in the garden & we mix them with some climbing Sweet Peas, this year we used White Ensign. Borlotti Beans are not heavy croppers like other beans but the fact they are virtually impossible to buy fresh makes them all the more worthwhile growing. Any we do not use are dried and used through winter in casseroles (although I admit we tend to eat them all fresh.)
Usually at this time of year as the peppers begin to grow the little flower ‘skirts’ begin to go brown & dry, they normally split as the pepper gets bigger and fall off easily.
Just like to thank all the guys – Mike Cook (Horticultural Tutor) & the students at Petty Pool College who showed me around the Horticultural Dept last Thursday morning. What an inspiring place!
Horticultural students with Learning Disabilities attend 4 days a week and maintain a large Vegetable Plot & Greenhouse with their Tutors. They learn lifeskills & gain practical experience & horticultural qualifications. They sow seeds, look after seedlings & then sell the plants or produce at their own Garden Centre and all the proceeds are ploughed back into the Horticultural Dept.
On the morning of my visit the Students had just planted up some hanging baskets that they will sell later in the season and there are plans to grow more herbs for the kitchen at Petty Pool and maybe cut flowers that can be used by the students in the Floristry Dept.
Sow Seeds will be donating more seed to their worthy cause and wish them the very best with all the exciting projects they have planned.
Petty Pool Garden Centre is open to the public on Wednesdays 1-3pm throughout the Summer (from May onwards)
College Details & Garden Centre
The Petty Pool Trust, Petty Pool Education Centre, Pool Lane, Sandiway, Cheshire CW8 2DR Tel: 01606 889097