Broad Beans – for you the growing is over!

Yes – the last harvest from the broad beans today and they have all been pulled up now. The beans harvested weren’t all in the best of conditions though and many have had to be ‘shelled’ post-cooking as the skins are so tough.

The end of the broad beasn

The end of the broad beans – waiting for the compost bin

The next question is what to plant in place of the beans? I have some spinach and beetroot that may be worth trying, and some more salad leaves but I’m still considering the situation.

Meanwhile, the weather has been hot and sunny, apart from yesterday when we had some serious thundery rain, so no need for the hosepipe in the garden tonight.

We all had to pitch in to harvest the blackcurrants during the last couple of days – and they are already being used to make ‘yoghurt ice-cream’. I guess we must have had several pounds from 5 bushes (they are reaching the end of their productive life though).

Blackcurrant harvest

The last batch of blackcurrants harvested today

More harvesting – tomatoes (mostly olive type), french beans, runner beans and some broccoli today.

Brocolli and beans harvest

Broccoli and runner beans harvest

The cabbage look like they are nearly ready, some broccoli (see above) and the brussels plants are big but no sign of sprouts yet.

Meanwhile, almost all of the lettuce are bolting but there are still leaves that can be used and the new seedlings are nearly ready to be planted out so there shouldn’t be much of a hiatus (and the guinea pigs are still enjoying lots of lettuce).

2 responses to “Broad Beans – for you the growing is over!

  1. i have never grown broadbeans before ,how do you know when they are ready to pick ,thank you julie

  2. Julie
    Well it is more obvious and useful to spot when they are too old. You can eat broad beans complete with outer pod when they are very young. Then you can pick at any time – you can usually feel the bean size by squeezing the pod.
    Once the pods start to go brownish and the beans are obviously very big, then they may be too old – you can really only tell by looking at some beans and seeing how tough the outer case of the bean has become. You will really know if you try cooking old beans as the skin will be tough and they basically don’t taste good!
    If they have got old and they aren’t an F1 hybrid then you can let the pods stay until the dry out and then save the beans for next year. Some old gardeners do this regularly to keep a good variety going.

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