Broad Beans Disappointing
sandra255 Posts: 64
in Fruit & veg
I sowed about a dozen or so Broadbeans for the first time. They germinated and grew very well, but the yield is disappointing both in terms of numbers of pods on plants and number of beans in pods. On average I'd say I was getting maybe 6-8 pods to a plant and 3-4 beans to a pod, even when the pods themselves are six inches or so long. Is this a typical yield? So far I've not had enough crop to form a complete meal at any one time, and am mixing them with the peas I've cultivated. They taste good enough, it's just I'd have expected more given the amount of flowers and length of flowering time.
I make sure they have plenty of water as soon as they start flowering.
By the end of May we're eating broad beans for at least four meals a week and this goes on for six weeks or so, by the end of which time we have lots in the freezer too.
We love broad beans. If you do too then you need to sow more of them and give them better growing conditions.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.