Last year I very successfuly grew Aquadulce Claudia broad beans planted on freshly dug ground that had been lawn with well-rotted manure on 1st November. This year I did the same on an adjacent patch of lawn with Aquadulce beans from another seed merchant. This time the first growths became distorted and twisted soon after emerging and multiple stems have grown from each planted bean. The resultant stems are consequenly very close togther and, although there have been plenty of growth, and flowers since February, there is no sign of pod formation (1st May). Is this a weather problem, because seed was from another source, or perhaps even soil contamination? The manure was from horses but from a different farm.
- 1 May, 2012