Popped up to the lottie this morning and more in hope than expectation had a peek under the fleece that's covering the broad bean seeds.
So far there had been no sign of them but an awful lot of mice in my traps, so I'd assumed the mice weren't in the slightest bit put off by the holly snippets and had scoffed the lot. How wrong can you be - I lifted the fleece to find a lovely long straight row of inch-high bean shoots! So it looks as if we will be having an early broad bean crop this year after all.
It's so nice when things go right for a change. And I'll try the holly trick next year - it really does seem to have worked.