Monday, January 25, 2010

Planting Broad beans


It's a bit later than last year, but inspired by the sunshine, and the fact that I start teaching soon, and with the help of my trusty undergardeners, who are on a half day from school, we have the broad beans planted. We have ignored the planting dates on the pachets, and planted Aquadulce Claudia, and the Sutton - both varieties did well from a Jan 1st sowing last year.

I soaked the broad bean seeds overnight - this will accelerate the germination. And it's so promising to see them plump up. And tried to organise my seeds (see my tiny plot for a good method), and found lots of other broad bean varieties. So I think I'll be planting a lot more of these over the coming weeks. They are a great early cropper, and you can eat the tips, the tiny seed pods before they fill out, and the seeds - so the more the better. And popping them open to see them nestled in their downy pods in a great job for all the family.

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At 12:16 p.m., Blogger Keith said...

Broad beans make me think of sun, and early summer, and lazy days sitting in the heat, shelling pods.

At 1:02 p.m., Blogger Anna Bee said...

Sounds good - bring it on!

At 6:05 p.m., Blogger vavere said...


Wondering if it is true of all seeds that if you soak them overnight it will accelerate germination, or just broad beans, or beans in general?

Great blog by the way!!!


At 8:30 p.m., Blogger Anna Bee said...

Natasha -
The soaking works best for big seeds - like peas and beans. Not sure about any others. Suspect that some of the small ones would be hard to manage if they were wet.


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