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Sow now – broad beans

by Sarah - November 29th, 2011.
Filed under: Suttons Seeds.

You can sow these now – Suttons Seeds is a great online seed shop offering you tons of seeds.

Bean (Broad Bean) Aquadulce Claudia Seeds

Bean (Broad Bean) Aquadulce Claudia Seeds £2.65
A long podded, white-seeded tasty broad bean that’s early to mature, Aquadulce Claudia is recommended for autumn and winter sowings throughout the U.K. for the earliest crops the following spring and summer. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.. Average Packet Contents 45 seeds. Sow direct into soil prepared by digging and raking at a depth of 50mm (2″), spacing the seeds 15-23cm (6-9″) apart. Best sown alternately in double rows allowing 23cm (9″) between the two lines forming each row. Allow 60-90cm (24-36″) between further rows. Germination 7-14 days. Can also be sown in pots or trays of compost on a windowsill or in a greenhouse for eventual planting outside. Grows best in a sheltered site, but not shaded, in well drained soil. Sowing – cropping: 24 weeks. For earliest crops sow late October-November but can be sown right through to late January. It is advisable to pinch out tips of plants when first pods have set to deter blackfly. Packet sufficient for a double row of approximately 3.8m (12½’).. . . . HEALTH BENEFITS: A source of vitamins A, C and E, plus protein and fibre.CULINARY TIPS: Cook pinched-out tips as a tasty alternative to spinach.