Broad Bean Aquadulce
Broad Bean Aquadulce is a spring maturing bean with long 15 to 20cm pods. Grows to about 1m high but stake well to withstand Spring winds. Add some compost to bed before planting and soaking seed overnight aides’ germination. Contain around 5 beans per pod.
Sow – Apr to Aug (cool climate), all year as green manure.
Spacing – 20cm plants, 30cm rows.
Broad beans have a long tradition of cultivation in Old World agriculture, being among the most ancient plants in cultivation and also among the easiest to grow. Along with lentils, peas, and chickpeas, they are believed to have become part of the eastern Mediterranean diet around 6000 BCE or earlier, however their wild ancestor has not been identified and their origin is unknown.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 14 to 20 C (will germinate at 5 C but is slower)