I managed to sow some broad beans on the 28th of November, a little late but they are in none the less. I do this every year with my broad beans, over winter them so they are ready to harvest around May. Because both me and my Dad have plots we came up with a plan to share the crops and due to my allotment getting more of the Winter sun I will be growing the broad beans over winter and my Dad will be growing a few rows in the Spring. This means that once my broad beans are harvested I have enough time to pop something else in it’s place, which also means that I can get more crops from my very small plot.
The variety of broad bean which I have sown is called ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ and it is extremely hardy making it perfect for the colder months. This is the variety that I grow every year and even though this years crop wasn’t the best, last years was amazing. The plants grew to over 4 foot and I was harvested broad beans left right and center!
I sowed 2 rows at 9 inches apart, each bean was sown at a depth of 2 inches and 6 inches apart. If the temperatures drop dramatically I will cover the beans with a cloche or some fleece, although they will definitely need to be covered with a netted hoop once they appear otherwise the birds will pull them up.
Fingers crossed for a good harvest next Spring, I love broad beans and luckily we are still eating the crop from last year that we put in the freezer!