Kate's recent visit to Seattle brought me to One Green Generation and in particular, Melinda's Growing Challenge. Melinda started this challenge back in January 2008 and it is still growing....errrrm... getting bigger!!!!!! today.
The challenge, basically, is to grow one extra item, from seed, each year and write a post about it.
So for this year my nominated extra item is going to be broad beans. I love broad beans but have never grown them before.
I chose a variety which is recommended for this area, Feve d'Aguadulce and planted then following some complicated instructions given me by another vegetable grower....simply poke them in the ground and rake the surface flat, then water. So that's what I did yesterday. I prepared a small bed, 1200mm x 1200mm (4ft x 4ft) and pushed the seeds in about 50mm(2") every 100mm to 150mm(4" to 6"). The soil was raked level again and then they were watered and now I'm just waiting to see what happens.... I seem to spend a lot of time waiting....
I couldn't decide whether I ought to put a mulch over them or not so at the moment I haven't.... I shall take further advice from someone, and then decide.
Of course, as I have already mentioned, my aim is to grow these beans and harvest enough to both eat some and save some with the intention of being able to start to exchange/give away seed next year. As I said, now I'm just waiting.