The Land Rover Owners Wife

Broad Bean, Bunyards Exhibition

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Bunyards Exhibition
Direct Sown: October/November 2012
First Seedling: January & March 2013
Germination: A very long time!

To clarify. I planted some Broad Beans with the Gardening Club in October 2012, these started to put in an appearance towards the end of January 2013. There were too many seedlings for the spaces and, thinking that the ones I’d sown at home with Middle Mudlet had all failed or been eaten, I transplanted the thinned out seedlings into the bed at home on February 27th.

Newly transplanted Broad Bean

Newly transplanted Broad Bean

Then on March 31st, I realised that the beans sown by Middle Mudlet and I in November, had survived and were now starting to grow …… every single one of them. We now have too many plants for the space!

Newly emerged seedlings are showing between the transplanted plants.

Newly emerged seedlings are showing between the transplanted plants.

One month later, all are growing nicely. Some of these will be removed shortly, potted up and handed over for the fund raising, village plant sale.

Broad Bean

12 days later and the flowers are now opening on some of the plants

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11 days later – masses of flowers, waiting for beans to form.

11 days later - masses of flowers, waiting for beans to form.

It’s now 3 weeks later and the tiny broad bean pods have started to form. In the first of these pictures you can see a ‘dead’ flower at the back of this trio and you can just about see the green of the new pod amongst the shriveled petals. In the second picture, I have removed the flower petals to reveal the new pod. Picture three shows another pod a bit further along in its’ growth.

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The pods are getting larger but I intend to harvest them whilst still quite small, as I prefer the taste of baby broad beans.

5 days on and the pods are growing quickly

5 days on and the pods are growing quickly

Another 9 days or so of growth and these pods are getting quite close to the size where I will start to harvest them for the baby beans inside.Broad Bean Bunyards Exhibition

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