My first attempt of growing broadbeans (or anything for that matter) in something other than a no-dig bed.
Joyce sent up the seed from Allsun Farm, which is great (thanks Joyce!). Hopefully this will mean that these broad beans will be adapted to our erratic dryish climate, which is similar to Allsun’s, but quite different from the climate where the majority of broad bean stock is sourced from, as far as I can tell.
I followed the directions for row size, hilling and bed prep for broad beans on the Growing Annual Vegetables CD ROM. I’m not so sure how these will go, given their proximity to the eucalyptus next door, but they’re as much a crop to prep the soil of the bed as anything, i imagine.
You will note that I mulched the rows. This might be against our new intensive growing rules, but I couldn’t help it! Still adapting to the non-mulched approach required for some crops (of which I’m not sure whether broad beans are one – Joyce?)…