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Broad Beans

October 26, 2011

I sowed these Super Aquadulce broad beans (www.suffolkherbs.com) two weeks ago and they are about ready to be planted on the allotment.  Growing through the winter seems to help resist blackfly in spring. The beans were sown in fresh compost and then placed in a heated propagator with a lid on for ten days.  But any warm, well-lit surface indoors should bring them on (someone said the warmth on top of a fridge or freezer works).

To ensure a succession in early summer I will sow another row by pushing the beans directly in the ground on the allotment in about four weeks time. These will remain dormant then appear through the soil in March or April. There’s time to do either though you want to avoid sowing direct or planting in snow or icy ground.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011 8:56 pm

    Seedlings are so beautiful, I love that vivid green, so full of hope!

  2. October 27, 2011 8:29 am

    Hope and magic.

  3. October 31, 2011 11:39 am

    Hello there, I just found you by some convoluted route, and happy to be here! You’ve inspired me to get some broad beans in the ground – now in their wee winter bed covered with netting to thwart the mice. I like to start them in pots to watch the sheer determination and strength as they push their way through, but who knows what the weather/ground might be like by the time they’d be ready to go out. I’ll keep that particular magic for spring.

  4. October 31, 2011 1:49 pm

    They seem to survive all weather once in the ground. But I try to avoid any form of gardening on cold, wet, windy,winter.days.

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