Broad beans are the hardiest of the bean family and can be planted out in March/April and also sown direct into the veg plot from late March /April onwards particularly in more sheltered gardens. Runner Beans . They are a perfect replacement crop for your summer tomatoes because they will thrive in the same sunny position while replenishing the soil with nitrogen which the tomatoes have used up. It is a lot more work, but I really like them this way! Put in a warm place and germination should occur after a few days. They’re versatile too – shell the pods for the beans, eat the immature pods whole or steam or stir-fry the leafy tops. If you live in a cold area, have heavy or waterlogged soil, or have a problem with mice (which love the seeds), then it’s a good idea to sow them in deep pots or modules. In fact, in my opinion, it's the best time to sow them. Broad beans grow during the cool seasons, so start planting anytime from March to June. Broad Beans - plant out pot grown plants late March Broccoli sprouting - sow seed in pots / seed bed late April early May depending on variety Winter Cabbage - sow seed mid to late May Broad Beans - begin to harvest early to mid June Broccoli sprouting - transplant to final position early July Winter Cabbage - transplant to final position late June / early July. Most seeds are somewhat asymmetrical and are not likely to be planted with the radicle end up during natural dispersion or planting but can be when planted by humans, either by mistake or lack of knowledge. A simple and tasty preparation is to fry Broad Beans up with garlic and chilli to serve as a side dish. Broad beans are simple to grow and one of the earliest crops for harvest in late spring. Broad beans have an incredible capacity to withstand winter weather. Hardy down to an icy -10°C (14°F), these rugged members of the legume family are able to germinate at just 2°C (36°F). Not the best time of year, then, for outdoor veg to be sown. It is nature’s way of flushing out the old as she settles down for winter’s slumber. Broad beans would have to be one of my favourite vegetables to sow in late winter. Actually, this a good reason to plant these with the kids and get them involved – – so that you have helpers when it comes to shelling the beans! I have been planting them in my green house they don't fail but I found the leaves growing downwards and the roots undecidedly confused I have to dig them out and set them the right way. Unless, that is, you happen to be a broad bean. It does not matter which way up you plant the seed, it will sort itself out. I am planting my Broad beans indoors and always February because they were slow last year and the most disappointing and my garden is quite shady. Really like them this way is to fry broad beans up with garlic chilli... 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