Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Aquadulce Claudia

I think this is one of my favourite varieties of broad bean. Aquadulce Claudia is a variety which you can plant in the Autumn if you prefer and it will overwinter quite happily. I don't tend to do this, there are too many pitfalls in my mind. I have grown an Imperial Longpod this year as well, longer pods (strangely!) but I found that they were not as prolific or sturdy as my old friend Claudia. I made a second successional planting of broad beans and these are just being picked now. They do have a heavy infestation of blackfly, but I don't think that these have much of an effect on the final product. They look awful, but I will put up with it rather than spray the bejazus out of them! Besides which, I noticed today that I have a really healthy ladybird population on my broad beans too! Natural predators - so great to see nature taking its course.

I've had some wonderful contributions to Matron's Worldwide Veggie Show 2009 so far, so please keep your entries coming to me please.

8 Comments:

At 6:47 PM, Blogger gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Those are good looking. Now every time I visit your blog I'm hungry :) I put a link to your blog today with my daughter's peas and a picture of the Great Wall of China tomatoes.

 
At 12:39 AM, Blogger Bangchik and Kakdah said...

They look nice.... If there is natural way to deal with pest, then I agree with you to let ladybirds do the job....

~ bangchik

 
At 3:14 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I have broad beans this size now! I have to think something up to do with them. What's a couple of your favorite ways of preparing them?

 
At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

Those are beautiful broad beans- planting them in the fall does sound like a challenge. I've only grown the standard pole beans, but this year I'm trying bush beans. Happy gardening to you!

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

We planted our first lot of Aquadulce Claudia in the Autumn and we're just seeing the start of the end of that batch. We did a successional sowing too in the spring and they are really doing well now. I really have to take photos for the show. Everytime I set aside some beauties my hubby eats them! Arggh!

Oh word verification is monet how lovely.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

I'm just growing Crimson Flowered this year (in the garden, to avoid crossing) and Red Epicure at the allotment. This is the one with the red beans. I think the biggest crop I had - and the tallest beans - they came up to my height and I'm 5ft 9" - were Bunyard's Exhibition.

Lovely stuff!

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

They may not look perfect but i bet the beans are sweet and tender:) Pests can be pretty troublesome and difficult to get rid of tho.

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous kitsapFG said...

I am still patiently waiting for the bean harvests to begin. Will not be long now as things are blooming. I have runner beans, pole beans, and bush beans in.

 

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