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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    The last time I grew a crop over winter here in central Italy I just left them to cope. It snowed, the snow eventually melted, and there they still were. I got a nice crop. Just my experience. image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,872

    My experience in SW France was very different. I sowed broad beans last autumn and they were doing very well when it snowed and the temperature went down to -17°C at night and stayed well below freezing in the day for over a week. The beans all went black and died.  There have been winters when I'm sure they would have survived, it's just that the only 2 times I tried it we had very hard winters and the beans died. I would say buy some fleece, put it in a cupboard and when the weather forcast is awful then rush out and cover them! Look at everyone else's allotments and see what they are doing. England is usually milder than here in winter.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • It may depend on variety, I grew some last year in Surrey, without protection and they were great, survived snow, frost etc.. They are tucked at the bottom of a hedge though, so relatively sheltered. I was thinking about surrounding them with straw this year, just to be safe, as I find fleeces too faffy!

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    Yes, -17C would hurt them. It would hurt most things! It doesn't get below about -2C here - except for wind-chill - and mine survived. They're surprisingly hardy things. Good idea about the fleece in the cupboard.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,927

    I sow Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia in November and just leave them be - they always survive (she says with her fingers crossed image)

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • last winter i put a november crop of aquadulce claudia in and found that i lost about half and they were no earlier fruiting than my spring crop so i havent bothered this year

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730
    Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    I sow Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia in November and just leave them be - they always survive (she says with her fingers crossed image)

    That's what I grew. Snap! I've got some in now. They're indestructible.


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I agree with dovefromabove, I have planted Aquadulce every autumn for several years even the last two which were pretty chilly here in the Fens - I don't think that a single plant was lost. They tend to produce beans about 3 weeks before spring planted beans, which is nice, but also it is one less task for the busy spring gardener. My veg garden is small, so the early broad bean harvest frees up space for another crop. Fleece just gets ripped to shreds in my rather exposed plot.

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  • For the last three years I have sown Sutton broad beans in November for an early crop and they have survived all that winter has thrown at them. This year I sewed some more in Feb/March and they never came up - possibly too wet?? I like to sew a November crop for early broad beans. Having said that my site is fairly sheltered. I'd give it a go and see what happens without trying to molly coddle them.

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