By Angie, Mar 4 2013 08:33PM
One plant that it is worth planting this time of year is broad bean. They are ready at the moment when thee overwintering crops haven't yet produced anything and the majority of the winter crops are almost depleted.
I usually plant Aquadulce Claudia, a variety which would overwinter. However, last year I overwintered the plants but didn't gain much over the late winter planted harvests on the other plots.
With so much to do on the new plot, I have left sowing until now.
I plant the broad beans in toilet rolls - mainly because the slugs would have the plants as they appear otherwise. It also adds a little insurance against poor weather in early March which could finish off young seedlings. So, instead, I plant out pretty tough little plants in late March having sown them indoors and transferred into the coldframe to harden off.
Hopefully, by June, I will have some lovely broad beans that I can use to conjure up some delicious recipes with!