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.
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!
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.
12 days later and the flowers are now opening on some of the plants
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.
The pods are getting larger but I intend to harvest them whilst still quite small, as I prefer the taste of baby broad beans.