Planting Broad Beans

After shouting the merits of Autumn sowing broad beans in this post, this year I didn’t get round to it.  The reasons, too wet, too cold, too comfy on the sofa, you name it, whatever, it just didn’t happen.

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Knowing that there will be much regret come late May, early June if there is no crop I decided a couple of days ago to mend my ways.  The seeds this year have come from Franchi Seeds, the variety, Aquadulce Claudia, is the same.

An hour later the job was done.  Three rows in a raised bed and a cage built over the top.  I am now researching natural methods of deterring black fly, so if you have any thoughts or ideas please let me know in the comments.

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5 Responses to “Planting Broad Beans”

  1. Margaret March 6, 2013 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    I’ve never had a any real problems with blackfly, but I always pinch out the tips when the first pods have set

  2. gardeningshoe March 7, 2013 @ 9:41 am (#)

    I pinch out the tips before the blackfly colonise the plants and make a soup from them (the bean tips, not the blackfly).

  3. erickett124 March 7, 2013 @ 3:55 pm (#)

    I always do what the above do – but one year I noticed a column of ants marching up and down the broad bean stems eating all the black fly – now if that’s not a natural deterrent I don’t know what is.

  4. lifeatthevillas March 7, 2013 @ 11:24 pm (#)

    My tip is to plant as early as possible – even the Autumn before and you should find you have harvested your last bean by the time the aphids arrive! It works for me!

  5. David Ford March 12, 2013 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    I hope to get my broad beans in as soon as we get a thaw here in East Sussex growing The Sutton this year courtesy of Stephen from Victoriana Nursery ( my photo prize) I usually get some blackfly damage even after pinching the tips out, I too like Elaine have noticed the ants eating them

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