Magnolias are one of those luxurious plants that you may fear ever going near with a pair of loppers.
Broad beans have a unique earthy taste and they’re a wonderful crop to grow at home.
There’s nothing like a bowl of freshly picked broad beans heated up with a dash of butter to get the taste buds tingling. In addition, you can sow beans in the autumn so that your veggie plot is used all year.
Planting broad beans
You should plant your broad beans in the spring, or in late autumn if you want to get an early crop. Seeds should be planted 5cm deep, leaving 20cm between each plant. You can also sow a couple of extra seeds at the end of each row if you want to fill in the gaps and get those perfectly straight lines later in the year.
Growing broad beans
Growing broad beans is relatively straightforward once you’ve popped the seeds into the ground. Large plants may need staking to stop them from flopping over, and once flowers start appearing you can pinch out the growing tips. This is also the perfect time to give your broad beans a copious amount of water, which should then be done again two weeks later.
Harvesting broad beans
Pods can then be harvested when they’re about 7.5cm long.