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Sowing broad beans


by Jane Moore

Spring is in the air, and plants are beginning to shake off their winter dormancy. The birds and bees are making a cautious appearance, along with my fellow allotmenteers.


Sowing broad beansSpring is in the air, and plants are beginning to shake off their winter dormancy. The birds and bees are making a cautious appearance, along with my fellow allotmenteers.

My neighbours Ron and Mrs Ron were hard at it last weekend - they've got three plots and tend to pick a suitable day to blitz them all at once, getting everything cleared and organised for spring planting. Another neighbour, Vic, was also on his plot, moving his broad bean plants from his greenhouse at home to a sheltered spot by the hedge to harden them off before planting them out.

We've had mixed results with broad beans. I usually sow them in autumn - trouble is that they need to get established as soon as they're planted otherwise the mice can dig them up and eat them. As well as losing a few to mice last year, the crop was also a complete washout as the hot spring dried them out and then they were attacked by blackfly.

"That's it," I said. "Never again!" But Vic's beans looked so good, even a handful of them would be worth growing. So I've relented and planted a whole load of them. I sowed two seeds to a pot and put them in the cold frame to get them going quickly, safely away from the mice!



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Gardeners' World Web User 01/01/2007 at 00:00

Gardeners' World Web User 22/02/2008 at 18:23

i have sown some broad beans this week, this will be my first ever try. i have never tasted them before and i'm wondering what all the fuss is about. can anybody tell me what they taste like?

Gardeners' World Web User 24/02/2008 at 10:11

hello,it's my firstseason, last year I helped an elderly as he was to old/sick to do it on his own, he has broad beans, he topped the flowers at a certain point to stopblack fly, it seems allour plotters do.

I'm going for the mix grow,putting corn and sunflowers next to them, should help each of the other plants...I can't wait, still digging trenches and beds though :-(

Gardeners' World Web User 26/02/2008 at 05:38

the taste is wonderful. when young you can eat them raw, when "ripe" blanche them, remove the skin, don't use salt cos like with lentils it makes the skin go tough.

try a sandwich with salami, broad beans, garlic oil, salt peper, chives on a ciabatta. classic italian anitpasto on a sandwich...great! when cooked add a spice we in holland call beanspice.. don't know the name in English, sorry but the Latin name is Satureja hortensis

Gardeners' World Web User 28/02/2008 at 17:15

Has anybody tried spraying black fly infestations with high concentrate of crushed garlic & water? Did it work?

I have germinated Aquadulce Claudia in early December and Bunyards Exhibition this month, by first soaking them in water indoors for a couple of days (changing the h2o daily) until root tips appear then growing them on outdoors (near the house) 3 beans to a 5 litre pot as like greeny my plotter partner and I are still prepping beds!

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