Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:28
I'm from Lancashire, near the coast and Cumbria boarder. Do travel to Bacup and Barnoldswick, so know how sever the weather can be in that direction.
I have three veg beds in the garden and grow other stuff in pots.
Me thinks you are right in being wary. I grow spuds in bags and if the weather doesn't pick up my spuds won't be planted out until mid April. I've not chitted them since January...some were bought at spud fairs... to bring them in daily to avoid a frost. I've 1st, 2nd and early main.
I don't grow broad beans, don' like them they seem to go stringy, yuk and I've never been able to over winter them. French/runner beans though seem to like the wet Northern climate and pea's did well last year along with other stuff.