Nation of Gardeners results: Broad Bean Aquadulce spring sown

Broad Beans AguadulceBroad Bean Aguadulce can be sown from October through ’til February/March as long as the sowing conditions are adequate – do not sow when very cold or when ground is waterlogged.  They must be planted 2″ deep and 9″ apart in their growing positions.  Seedlings usually appear in 14-24 days.  Grows to a height of 40″.

Our Nation of Gardeners were originally asked to sow Broad Bean Aguadulce in October 2013 to test autumn sowing against spring sowing. And so in March they were asked to sow the same variety again in similar planting positions to compare results.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 13 March 8 April Sown direct to open ground on a south facing plot.
Renfrewshire 28m 15 March 12 April
North Devon 30-50m 17 March 4 April Planted in raised bed with south east facing aspect.
Worcestershire 55m
Herefordshire not sown yet
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 19 March 9 April Sown into north east facing raised bed
Bristol 55m 13 March 7 April Sown into south facing open ground
Suffolk 6m 13 March 2 April Sown into south facing open ground
Hertfordshire 150m 14 March 5 April
Surrey 58m 31 March 10 April Sown into a south west facing raised bed.
Pontypridd 157m 15 March 6 April Sown direct to open ground on a south facing plot. 24 out of 24 germinated
Buckinghamshire 66m 13 March
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 13 March Sown direct to open ground on a south facing plot.
Moray 15 March 6 April Sown into open ground and netted
Derbyshire 241m 13 March 10 April Sown direct to open ground on a south facing plot.  Half the row have survived a rodent attack.

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