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Is it too late to sow broad beans?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Is it too late to sow broad beans? Reply with quote

I was just about to sow some today but didn't as it is freezing already. Is it too late to sow Super Aquadulce now i.e. should I leave it until Spring? The site is a raised bed facing south westerly.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: sowing broad beans Reply with quote

November is normal time for sowing broad beans for early Spring/Summer use south of 51N in Western Europe or USA. If you are in a 'warm' place you should sow a handful now anyway or even half the ridge. You only have the sown beans to lose! You can repeat the sowing in March if the first lot fail to show. If you don't sow you, may be kicking yourself next Easter. Since you have a raised bed it can't get waterlogged which means the beans have a good chance of germinating. Since the bed faces SW it has potential for getting what sun there may be to bring them on thorugh JanFeb. If you are in Ireland's midlands forget it, as they will freeze to death, poor mites.

For maincrop broad beans, Paddys Day and later is the best time to sow so keep half the bag til then anyway. My grandad used to say "beans, spuds and cabbage in and the shamrock wetted. I'm content and the Lord'll mind the harvest". He farmed in the Decies of Waterford through the first half of the last century when there were much harder frosts in Ireland. His family never starved.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I'm in the north east. Tomorrow is December 1st - will they be alright until next weekend to sow them?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:21 pm    Post subject: sowing broad beans Reply with quote

As I said you have nothing to lose only a handful of beans. But the window for your variety is really Oct-Nov. December is pushing it a bit for the germination process to kick-start as it needs light, moisture and warmth. I used to live in Lusk in the 60s (some 40m miles south of Dundalk) and I had to use cold frames and planted in October but back then it ALWAYS froze in Winter and we were only two miles from the sea. Why not take a chance with a quarter of your seed?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an old gardening/farming saying.

One for blackbird, one for the crow, One for the cutworm, and one to grow.

Meaning sow a little a little extra if you have them, it doesn't hurt. And it may cover any loses you have. Very Happy
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