Broad Beans


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  • #33135

    Jack
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    Hello Charles,
    I am currently debating whether to sow my broad beans in root-trainers on the windowsill now, move them out into my unseated greenhouse and harden them off before planting them out in March OR sow them direct into a no-dig raised bed at the end of March. Have had varied success which broad beans in the past. Which would be the better option.
    Any advice and tips would be very useful

    #33136

    charles
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    Not much in it. Harvests will be a little earlier from sowing in root trainers now, but its extra work and mess perhaps on the windowsill, when you can sow the outside from early March.
    An issue is rodents, if they are in your plot they sometimes eat beans before emergence.

    #33149

    compostpope
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    You could do both! – sow most outside and a few inside to plug the gaps in the outside rows where a few inevitably fail to show. It might also spread your cropping season.

    #33154

    Jack
    Participant

    Thank you Compostpope – I think that’s what I’ll do. Some will inevitably fail to germinate so it would be good to have spares.

    #35326

    ElizaD
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    Hello Charles and fellow gardeners,
    I an thinking of growing some broad beans – not for myself as I’m not that keen on them but my hubby likes them. Is it worth sowing in Oct/Nov in Somerset? If so, when is the optimum time and what varieties would you recommend?

    Many thanks, Eliza.

    #35327

    charles
    Moderator

    In SW England, sow mid November, Aquadulce is good, also De Monica. In N UK, sow early November.
    October sowing, often recommended for some reason, is too early and results in tall plants that are then frosted or wind damaged.

    #35362

    ElizaD
    Participant

    Thanks, Charles. I will order some of your recommended and have a go then.

    #35365

    ElizaD
    Participant

    Sorry, forgot to ask, I presume the November sowing is directly in the ground? How long before you see growth roughly?

    #35420

    ElizaD
    Participant

    And, in addition to the query above, what is the optimum spacing in a 4ft wide raised bed? Should I sow spares to fill any gaps and when is the best time to move the spares?

    #36409

    ElizaD
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    Hello Charles and everyone

    I’m about to sow the Aquadulce Claudia broad beans and cover them with a mulch of compost. I had two queries above and could use the advice.

    Can I sow some in pots and put in my plastic greenhouse to fill any gaps next year? If so, when should I plant them in my raised beds?

    Ideal spacing in 4ft sq raised beds is what please? And, when should I see growth ( so I know the beans haven’t fed the mice).

    Also, I have some rock dust – is this best applied at this time of year or Spring? If now, is it best applied under the compost mulch or on top of it?

    Many thanks, Eliza

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    #36440

    charles
    Moderator

    You need one of my books!
    Spacing 4x18in, sow in large modules as well as direct to fill gaps after 4-5 weeks, or repot to plant Feb-March, emergence often takes 3-4 weeks, yes spread rockdust before compost

    #36453

    ElizaD
    Participant

    Thanks Charles,

    Sunday hopefully is my planting day as the forecast for Saturday looks fairly dire.

    By the way, I have three of your books, two of which are out on loan (thanks for reminding me)! The one I have left is the salad leaves which is the one I have had my nose stuck in for the last salad sowings. My salad stuff is still going well outside with no protection, not sure how long it will keep going now, better find out some fleece on Sunday too!

    Eliza

    #37923

    ElizaD
    Participant

    Hello Charles and all,

    Being a novice grower of broad beans, and wanting to chance my arm with an Autumn sowing, I sowed Aquadulce Claudia 4″ apart and only 12″ between rows. I expected to lose quite a lot and I suppose this is still possible but at the moment all but about three plants are looking good. Do you think I should thin them? I will in any case wait until the end of the month in case of bad weather.

    Thanks,
    Eliza

    #37934

    charles
    Moderator

    If they are all present in late March, I would take out every other plant. They crop so much better when given space and picking is easier.

    #37949

    ElizaD
    Participant

    Thanks, Charles.
    I was wondering, could I take out every other plant and transplant them? Would they transplant now? If so, how long should I wait – still end of March or do it sooner?

    Eliza

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