Broad bean update

Last autumn, I saved some of the broad bean seeds out of curiosity: would they grow this year?

Well, the answer is yes. At the moment, these plants are smaller than the ones from seed I actually bought for this year, but that could simply be because they were planted later.


Broad beans from last year's plants

In any case, the earlier-sown beans are romping away. I have just been out to change the bamboo canes and retie the plants so that they hold up properly. In fact, they are doing so much better than in previous years I am both surprised and pleased. It’s still a mystery why the are doing better at home than at the allotment but it could be well be the manure in the patch chez moi?


Beans from new seeds

As for the pods, they are developing nicely, too. So, it shouldn’t be long before we are eating them…

© Helen Butt, June 2014


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Broad bean update

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post and thank you for sharing have a Blessed weekend

  2. lizard100 says:

    Loving those broad beans.

  3. epov88 says:

    Awesome post 🙂

  4. They are looking great!
    Happy gardening

  5. squooze says:

    Maybe the ones at home feel more loved?! (or maybe you subconsciously tend to them more?). Either way, they look great!

    • Thanks!

      I think the soil at home might be in better condition and they are sheltered by a fence, whereas at the allotment they are in any open field and the weeds are prolific… Hopefully over time the growing conditions at the allotment will improve!

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