Broadbeans are one vegetable that its best to plant nice and early, either by overwintering them, or sowing them at the very start of the season. Although its only February, I am worried that I am a little late to the broadbean-sowing party and that those hungry blackfly will want to feast on my yummy beans. But.. we have a crafty little (nature loving) plan to avoid blackfly here.

The variety that we have chosen is and heritage variety called ‘Karmazyn’. It’s an early-to-mid cropping variety, so hopefully will have reached maturity before the blackfly really come into force in July. The beans are an unusual rose-pink coloured beans with lots of flavour. Its compact-growing with prolific yields, which means they are perfect for exposed areas.

It has been miserable outside all week, so me and my young apprentice Amy decided to sow our broadbeans indoors. I know some people use much bigger pots to start off their broadbean seeds, but we plan to transplant these into the allotment quite quickly after they start growing – we just wanted to give them a little bit of a headstart. (We also have huge plans to level the allotment before mid-april so we can sow a grass path, so we are trying to hold-off putting anything in the soil!)

We filled our seed tray (or empty lego advent calendar, with hole drilled for drainage in the bottom) with compost, made a 2cm hole with our finger and popped the inside.

We then covered the seed gently, and watered them, before putting them outside in our greenhouse.  Amy says we put the seed to bed, so they can wake up and start growing soon – lets hope they do! We havent grown this variety before, so fingers crossed!

This is Eddie, Amys nursery bear who spent the week with us and also helped with planting the seeds. Amy found it hilarious when Eddie tried to balance one on his head!

We really cannot wait to try this gorgeous coloured variety of broadbean!

What variety of broadbead is your favourite?