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I grew some broadbeans this year. Happy with the beans
but could do with a bigger yield. not bad for a first try with dwarf variety, but plants themselves look ropey. dry leaves and stems look old and spent like there has been a hard winter. my question is are beans supposed to grow in pristine fashion or am i being too fussy.

as always i would like to thank you all for the help you give me.
john jt



You picked a bad year for your first time!

I have been growing them for more years than I can remember and yes my crop sounded like yours this year.

I think many people will agree that 2012 will go down as probably their worst year ever, it certainly is the case with me!

This is how I grow mine (with a couple of pictures)

9 Sep, 2012


Try a long pod variety like Imperial Long Green pod as these often give better results. The other thing to do is to grow a hardy variety that you can plant in autumn, like Aquadulce, as these will produce a good spring or early summer crop more reliably in a dry season.

9 Sep, 2012

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