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The Broad bean

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender February 17, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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As propagators and soils warm all across the country, gardeners start to think tactically about which seeds should be sown now and which to hold off on. Broad beans are perfect for sowing indoors now and you can even sow them outdoors in warmer areas of the country as long as they are provided with a little cover in the form of a cloche or fleece in very cold weather. Three to try: Aquadulce Claudia: An excellent cultivar for overwintering. This particular broad bean can be planted in the autumn where it will germinate and grow until the temperatures drop. Throughout winter it will cease growth and then resume growing when temperatures rise. A perfect plant for an early crop. Can also be sown in late winter/ early spring. Bunyards Exhibition: A favourite of many gardeners, t

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Growing Runner and French Beans from Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender August 20, 2010 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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Growing beans is quite easy and rewards are fantastic. Being part of a vegetarian diet, beans are getting more popular year after year. You can grow runners, borlotto beans or french beans very easily even in smaller gardens, or the dwarf ones in pots on your patio or balcony. These beans need very similar conditions, while growing broad beans is completely a different matter. Sowing: For an earliest crop sow your french/runner bean seeds indoors at a minimum temperature of 15 Celsius, about three weeks before the last expected frost in your area. An ordinary all purpose compost is suitable for the beans, cover the seeds with as much compost as the the longest side of the seed. With other words sow the seeds as deep as big the seed is, this rule can be applied to any seeds in genera

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Growing broad beans – Overwintering

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 31, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Broad beans are ready to harvest from late May through May and June from an autumn sowing. These great long pods are from the Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia, which is a very hardy variety, the standard for overwintering. One great thing is about growing broad beans is that they are ready to harvest in late May, when there is hardly any other veg available to pick, from an October sowing, and it is really satisfying to sow the seeds outside in the autumn. An other main reason is for the autumn sowing is to avoid the damage caused by black flies. These insects love to feed on the top of the broad beans and on the joints of the flowers, but with overwintering the plants you can easily avoid this, as the plants will flower and the pods will be ready sooner than the black flies can do any da

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