Broad Bean – Aquadulce
Season – autumn/ winter; Sow 5-10cm deep; Plant spacing at 15-20cm; Rows at 70cm apart; Germination period 10-14 days; Soil temperatures between 6˚C and 24˚C; Harvest time approx. 12-22 weeks.
Aquadulce is a very hardy, prolific broad bean that is favoured for its excellent taste and pleasing texture. It is easy to grow and can be planted from autumn to spring.
Broad beans are best sown directly into the garden bed. Water seeds after sowing and then not until germination to prevent the seeds from rotting. Broad beans grow to 0.5-1.7m tall and are need support with posts and string. Pick frequently to encourage more pods. Germination rates are slower in cooler weather. Pick out tops once beans are setting to prevent blackfly.
Good companion plants – dill and potatoes
Seed quantity - 20