I intend to sow my runner beans this week in order to have some ready from mid August onwards. It is of course far too early to sow these directly outdoors as the moment the pop their heads through the soil they could be killed with the frosts. My show peas will go in a couple of days prior to Chelesea. The pea usually takes anything between 21 to 25 days from full flower to both the pods and peas being at their optimum. I had a letter the other week from a Judge who has a problem every year at his local show when judging potatoes. The schedule has two classes for potatoes, one dish of 6 white and a dish of 6 coloured. To quote from the judges letter he goes on to say ‘the problem has a risen over the definition of white and coloured’.