Growing Tips

Broad Beans

Broad beans do best on well manured ground which holds moisture and usually follows potatoes in the crop rotation. A dressing of fertiliser (2oz per sq yard) is recommended 10 days before sowing. The seeds can be sown in February in a sheltered place, elsewhere March to April. Sow in double rows 6 to 9 inches apart in a shallow trench 3" deep with 2 feet between each double row.

 

Kitchen Tips: Pick broad beans while young, black scars show that they are getting old. For freezing wash well and blanch for 3 minutes. Once cool, drain and pack in polythene bags.

Pests: Bean Seed Fly, Aphids, Bean Weevil.

 
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Broad Beans