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Hi Kate, I planted my Broad Beans in April in Victoria Australia, I have been growing them for a few years and was told to water the seeds in with Epsom Salts it seem to work all the seeds came up. I also keep my own seeds for planting next year, My own seeds seem germinate more readily. Enjoy
Broad beans are very hardy Brooklynguy, so the cold won't really bother them, especially as you have grown them in an unheated greenhouse. Some varieties (like Aquadulce) can be sown direct in Autumn and the young plants survive snow and frost without protection. I'd get them planted out now - you need the bees to pollinate them in order to form beans anyway. I get to eat all of the broad beans here too - I've been known to have a large bowl of them covered with a few dabs of butter as my main meal - yummy!
I always plant Aqualdulce/Aqualdulce Claudia last week of October/first week November depending on the weather. Replacements are sown February/March under glass to fill in the gaps and provide succession.
However due to the lack of ice/snow/frost this is the first spring that I see no gaps and the plants are standing up to 6" high.
The variety that I first sowed last year in March was Stereo. This provides small mangetoute broad beans and would be ideal for people with little space.
I do not normally like large broad beans, so we pick early and the large ones are preferred by SWMBO.
I planted my broad beans last November straight into the garden, they've all come up and are looking really well. I'm quite new to gardening but have had a good amount of success.
My best ever broad beans sow them in the ground October_November lots of my organic homemade compost sweet as a nut pick them small
I've just had a tidy up of my allotment, and planted the onions and garlic, but now ready to plant some broad beans, but am unsure of which is the best varity to get, any suggestions?
If you're sowing them outside now to overwinter them, the variety you need is Aquadulce Claudia.
See my post above. Try Stereo for mangetoute BEANS in spring as an alternative.
I planted some broad beans a couple of weeks ago, and thought I was well prepared. I hadn't taken into account that I'd not read up on which way up/round to put them in the ground
i had to sit there with them in front of me, looking it up on my phone, in an area with a notoriously poor signal and for the first time ever, no one else at the site that I could ask lol
Planted up deep yoghurt pots with 'Sutton' (dwarf) and similarly 'Bunyards Exhibition' broad beans today - they start off in a cold greenhouse and then migrate to a coldframe in a sunny, sheltered spot to overwinter. Normally I cover a raised bed for a month or so, scarify for light weed (if any), and then plant out in double rows from mid-February onwards. Any weakly ones have 'extra' seed popped in nearby to avoid gaps when cropping. [*Coastal SW Wales has a very mild, wet climate, especially noticeable in Winter.]