This year I got very excited about the prospect of growing broad beans.
There were two aspects to this. Frstly I like eating broad beans, although I probably have never had them in any quantity and most of the broad beans I have used have been frozen which I always double pod. Secondly I heard that they were good for returning carbon to the soil and so would make a positive addition to them compost once they had finished.
I planted the beans higgeldy piggeldy in spaces around my garden and then once they were up and growing I realised that they should have been in neat rows for staking. Neat rows were formed by transplanting some and others were left to do their thing – whatever it ending up being….
My gardening is all trial and error and I really didn’t quite know what to expect. I also hadn’t seen too many bees around the flowers although there are often bees in the borage which is in a different part of the garden. I had to laugh at myself heading out with brown sugar and water in a spray bottle to spray over the foliage to encourage bees and realised I was way too late and it was completely unneccessary as the beans were already growing.
I now have beans galore – I didn’t realise that there would be so many! Even the plants that I didn’t stake have grown relatively upright and are covered in beans.
Here on foodlovers we have recipes for
But what else??? Broad bean ideas gratefully received!