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Oct 23 2008

Posted By: Paul 07/05/2009 19:20:00

This week we have been lucky with the weather in Dorset and most of the digging is now complete. Broad Beans are the focus for this week, and I have ready to go in the ground some Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia seeds. This year I will try a technique from the The Beeton Book of Garden Management (1890). Here is what it says, "Let the ground be laid in ridges 3 feet wide, and 15-16 inches high, ranging east to west; on the south side of each ridge draw a drill halfway between the top and the bottom, in which sow the beans about 3 inches apart. By this means they will be above the wet, catch every ray of sunshine, and be stronger than if raised under glass and planted out. When they are 10 inches high, level the top of each ridge to the row of beans behind it; they will not require earthing up again." The variety of Broad Beans recommended for early sowing by Mr Beeton was the Early Magazan, and after a bit of investigation it seems this variety was renamed in 1960 to Aquadulce.

If anyone else tries this method let me know how it works for you.

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