Post by mountaindweller on Nov 27, 2012 3:59:27 GMT -5
When do broad beans (the seeds inside) stop getting fatter, when are they ready to harvest? When do I harvest them as dry broad beans and when if used immediately - or is it the same time? And when for the seeds?
For fresh use I like to harvest while the beans are small and tender so there's no need to skin them. For dry beans just wait till the pods dry down on the plant. They go black usually, the pods that is. This is normal.
Ray Silty loam over clay, pH 5.5, altitude 1000m, latitude 30deg south, 150 frost free days.
Mine will go in in February or March, depending on the weather. They're more affected by waterlogging than by cold, and right now everything's saturated as I'm next to a stream. The soil normally dries out as the growing season starts, but last year it remained waterlogged, and very little grew. Only the toughest varieties of BB's grew, but I may be able to capitalise on that and develop an autumn planted grex.