Waiting, waiting, waiting for broad beans
Dawn13 Posts: 37
in Fruit & veg
I keep picking my broad beans but they are tiny inside.
I only have one plant so don't want to waste them ... someone gave me a seed so I could give them a go and see if I like them.
When will I know they are ready - what size will the pods be when they should be picked?
Try stopping the head of the plant when most of the flowers have set.Also make sure moisture levels ok.Stopping has the added benefit of stopping blackfly , a curse of BB's from taking over.
You can tell how big the beans are inside the pod by a gentle press on the side.
If you can not see any swelling leave alone.
I would have purchased a pound or so from your grocer to see if you like them, a lot quicker but perhaps not so much fun.
Oh I know I like to eat them, this gardening friend wanted me to have a go at growing them.
I've pinched the tops out already.
You see, this is my prob ... to my eyes the beans feel like they should be massive inside. I guess it's trial and error.
I'm gonna go in search of some visual clues by asking Mr Google.
Thanks for your reply.