Allotment Calendar - November - Sowing Broad Beans
Allotment growing - allotment calendar - Autumn - November - autumn sown broad beans - Aquadulce Claudia - for early spring crops.
Broad Beans are one of the crops that you can sow in Autumn - for an early crop in Spring.
I like to have something growing on the allotment through Winter - it gives me something to look forward to and cheers me up through the dreary months.
It is important to sow a variety suitable for Autumn (not Spring) sowing. One that I have found ultra-reliable is Aquadulce Claudia - both in terms of gemination and cropping the following year.
Other varieties that you could sow include The Sutton and Express.
Prepare the ground by hoeing out any weeds and levelling with a rake. You might also dig a Bean Trench to promote growth.
Mark out the rows with string - two double rows about 18 inches apart. Use a dibber to make a hole 2 inches deep, drop a seed in and cover with soil. Use a tape measure to set a gap of about 8 inches then plant the next seed. Continue sowing to the end of the row and then repeat for the other rows.
Finally water in well and add a plant label with details of the seed and date. It might be worth repeating the watering after a few days if you happen to have a dry spell of weather and you have (like me) well draining soil.
The seeds should germinate in 2 to 3 weeks - depending on the weather. They will then grow on through the winter. They will survive in most weather conditions - but If you are expecting heavy frosts you might protect the young plants with fleece or a cloche.
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