Broad Bean chitting

Its the first of February and spring was in the air this morning, though now it has clouded over and started to rain heavily and gone more chilly.  After several days of high wind it was lovely to have some warm sunshine to cut through the chill of the air, and have a welcome break from the blusteriness of the last few days.
I have received the first part of my seed order from DT Browns, the Beat Food Inflation Collection; still waiting on the Allotment Collection.

So today I thought I would chit the broad beans – Bunyards Exhibition.  there are 74 seeds in the packet, gulp.
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Its a simple job to do.
First grab a tray, I have been saving old supermarket trays to reuse.  You could also just put some damp compost into a plastic bag, but as I have plenty of trays I used one of those.
Next half fill your tray with compost.  My compost had dried out over the winter, so I gave it a good soaking and let it sit for a bit.
Then add the beans, spread them out evenly, then cover with more moistened compost.
2013-02-01 14.46.47Next put the tray into a plastic bag, and pop it in the airing cupboard or somewhere warmish and dark.  You dont want it to be too hot, though.
Check on them every few days to make sure they are not getting dry, add a drop of water if necessary.
When you check on them, also check for signs of the little tails shooting through from the seed.


– like these

Once they have got a bit of roots happening I will seperate them into individual pots, probably 3″ ones.  Then they should be ready about 3 weeks from now to plant out.  I will put them 2″ deep and 9″ apart in a staggered pattern in double rows. I think the double row has to be 1′ apart, and more than 1xdouble row should have gaps of 2′ between them

Broad beans freeze well and can also be dried.