Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Growing Broad Beans
Latest Update 4th April 2018.
In Autumn I
sow 2 double rows of broad bean seeds (7 per row) in a Garden Ecobed. (28 in total).
I use a 1 metre high timber framed plastic net to separate the rows and provide support when it gets windy.
I plant the seeds 50 mm deep to increase the plant's stability in the soil.
Broad beans are a healthy addition to the diet containing lots of fibre, minerals and vitamins.
We pick them when young and steam them whole in their pods.
Surpluses are left to mature, removed from their pods, blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, dried and stored in resealable bags in the freezer.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
In April, clear some of the mulch out of the way in the prepared beds and sow seeds200mm apart in rows 300mm apart.
Sow them about 30mm deep using a dibber and after initial watering let the
Ecobed take over water supply.
Once the beans have grown to about 100mm tall, move the mulch back to cover exposed soil.
Provide support so the beans don't get blown over in high winds.
control height and reduce wind damage, it's
worth nipping off the growth points when the beans are 1200mm
high. This will boost the size of the remaining beans, and provide you with delicious growth tips which can be steamed with a little seasoning
and some herbs.
Harvesting and storage
Harvest the beans in October.
Pick them very young if you like to cook them in
Leave some to fully mature and remove the pods before you
freeze a few bags of mature beans every year - blanched with pods
removed and stored in the freezer.
When I defrost them for cooking, I remove the tough outer skin
the beans with a little salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
I use them in mixed garden vegetable soups. They are cooked podded but
not pealed. The soup may need straining after processing with a stick
blender if the bean's outer skins are very tough. They add taste,
nutrients and texture to a creamed vegetable soup.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.