Thursday, 8 September 2016

Broad Beans - Autumn Sowing

Autumn Sown Broad Beans - Aquadulce Claudia
Autumn Sown Broad Beans - Aquadulce Claudia

Between now and the end of October is a good time to sow some Broad Bean seeds.

This will get the plants established before Winter sets in - hopefully leading to an early crop next Spring.

You need to use a specific Autumn sowing (not Spring) variety such as Aquadulce Claudia.

These can be sown direct into the ground - but this year I'm starting some of mine in pots.

Last season my seeds were robbed out by mice - see my earlier post:
Broad Bean Robbery

So I'll get these growing on well, safe in a corner of my back garden.

Then I'll take them out to my allotment in October and plant them out in their final position, with some protection from a net cloche.

Its great to be preparing for next Spring already, with the final Summer crops coming in and my allotment starting to look a bit empty.