Broad bean plant

How To Sow Broad Beans For An Early Spring Crop

Eat fresh vegetables in early spring by sowing in late summer and autumn

We are sowing broad bean Aquadulce Claudia in late summer/early autumn as it stands the winter weather well and gives a crop early in spring. We are sowing in the single cells as the vegetable beds are still full of the summer crops.

You will need:

  • broad beans; Aquadulce Claudia
  • tray of single cells
  • seed compost
  • labels
  • watering can with a fine rose

 

 

Fill the cells with good quality peat-free seed compost. Knock the tray on the bench to settle the compost.

Push a single bean into each cell just below the surface.

Water with a fine rose, as the seed is large watering from above won’t disturb it.

Place somewhere cool until germinated.

When the plants are about 10cm (4”) tall plant out into a gap in the bed where the summer veg has been harvested.

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Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer so always used to producing something from the earth, whether it was animals or garden produce. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I also keep a few hens and grow vegetables for my own personal use. I gained a BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management. As a result of this I have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening.