Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia Organic 10 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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Broad beans are an easy to grow, low maintenance vegetable to grow at home. Providing, fat, succulent beans from may onwards, the broad bean is a versatile mainstay of any healthy and organic garden kitchen. The slightly sweet taste of the broad bean pairs very well as a counterbalance to acidic or citrus flavours in a salad or risotto. Combine with mint, watercress and feta to create a simple, but delicious salad that is perfect for a hot day.
How to grow broad beans at home
Plant your broad beans in double rows about 6 inches apart. You should choose a sunny location with a well-draining soil that is protected from cold, strong winds. Broad bean plants are great for growing in containers or raised beds. When introducing your plants to your garden, water well for the first few weeks to help them develop a strong root system. Put stakes at each corner of your rows and run string between each one. This will help support your plants as they grow. When the lowest truss of flowers has produced its first pods, pinch out the shoots to encourage fruiting and reduce the possibility of blackfly.
How do you harvest broad beans?
Broad beans should be ready to harvest from late spring to mid-summer. Your beans are ready to harvest once the beans inside begin to appear. Don’t leave them too long or they will become inedible. Simply twist the pod off the stem. Regular harvesting encourages more pods to grow.
How do you store broad beans?
You can store your broad beans in the fridge for up to five days. If you want to store for longer you can by putting the beans in boiling water for one minute and immediately transferring them into ice water. Blanching broad beans like this will lock in nutrients and stop them from developing a frainy texture when frozen.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.