Friday 12th February 2016 – Sowing Broad Beans and Shallots

Today is the day when I get to sow my Broad Beans. This year it’s “Bunyards Exhibition” which I got from Pennard Plants at Gardeners’ World last summer. Apparently they’re suppose to be really good, so I can’t wait to find out, but I’ll have to. Also a started off my Shallots, which this year are “Golden Gourmet”. I’ve grown these before and they did really well, but for some reason have not grown shallots for several year. Why I don’t know. Is it just me, but when you say “shallots” over and over again, it sounds like you’re drunk. Go on try it…. You are aren’t you? I’ll keep you updated on their progress. Next week is half term, and the kids and I have some stuff planned, but they’ve both got revision to do because they have tests when they go back to school. But it won’t be all work and no play. I’ll be busy in the garden (fingers crossed the weather is good), so we’ll all be busy in our own little ways. Hope you enjoy this next video, any questions just ask.

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11 Responses to Friday 12th February 2016 – Sowing Broad Beans and Shallots

  1. sowgrowrow says:

    Want to follow you Claire.
    But can’t find the follow button
    Growing asparagus peas because of your you tube video.

  2. lovely update Claire will also reply when i watch video

  3. ronald allen says:

    been busy, but still have time for planting …..dill … that i have replanted from small containers earlier last year to now in garden.

  4. This is what gram’ma taught me; plant your Fava Beans (I don’t know why we call our broadbeans fava’s in the states) when the crocus blooms. I actually like to plant mine on halloween but the local thug deer like to eat them in winter. I store my seed in the crisper drawer of the fridge and get good germination when I direct seed, but I like this idea for filling in the holes (germination is not 100%) You have me jazzed about getting out and getting dirty this holiday weekend.Debs in Everett, Washington, USA

    • I don’t know why either! Never heard the tale of planting your Broad beans when the Crocus are in bloom before. Luckily because we’ve had such a mild winter the Crocus’s are popping up all over the place. Deer can decimate a crop in minutes they’re sneaky animals. Never kept my seeds in the fridge before, always in a wooden box on the book shelf in the kitchen. What ever works for each person, we’re all different. The kids in the UK have a weeks off school this week, so it means I’m not working either, so I can hopefully get lots done in the greenhouse and get the garden ready for Spring. Hope all the snow has gone from where you live. You did have a huge amount a little while ago.

  5. Allotmental says:

    My Bunyard broad beans are germinating after 3 weeks. Sowed some peas into trays today. Over wintered ones were eaten by slugs 😢

    • That’s great that your Broad Beans are already germinating. I find that overwintering is always a bit of a waste of time. You never know what the weather will bring and what bugs are going to take them.

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