Thursday, August 11

A Second Coming

Our first planting of broad beans had finished and so I decided to cut down the tops. 
Whilst cutting away the spent tops I noticed that new shoots were sprouting at the base of many of the plants.
What's more the shoots were flowering.
I left these and also watered them. I wonder whether they will produce more beans?


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  1. Some plants just don't give up! The urge to reproduce is strong...

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    1. But will they be successful I wonder, Mark

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  2. This will be interesting to follow. Not wanting to put a dampener, but if they fruit that close to the ground, won't they be more of a target for slugs and snails?

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    1. We grew some dwarf broad beans that started to flower when they were no taller than these, Deborah and the slugs weren't a problem. They have been selective diners, devastating some plants and leaving others untouched.

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  3. Well, what a coincidence...I noticed the same thing on my broad bean plants - they have new growth and are producing more flowers. As I don't have plans for the bed this fall, I also decided to leave them to see what would happen.

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  4. As I cut many veg back to the ground rather than yanking them out I have had experience with broad beans trying again too. I get the odd bean but nothing like a serving!

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    1. If we do get the odd bean, Roger, I am sure we can find it some companions for the dinner plate.

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  5. Oh, I wish you luck with this. I'm trying this for the first year as well. Should be interesting to see if it works.
    I know I tried it with Sugar Snap peas and they are coming back as well.
    Might be the "easy" way to get a second crop in. Summer is a wonky time to try and get seeds to germinate--always too hot or too dry.
    Wishing us BOTH lots of luck! I'll be watching for an update on these.
    Have a good weekend

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    1. In fact good luck three ways as Margaret is having a go too, Sue. Well done on the sugar snaps as we didn't get many from our first lot.

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  6. Fingers crossed Sue, there are lots of flowers on them already x

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    1. There are, Jo - nothing ventured and all that.

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  7. Will they produce new productive shoots?

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  8. Hope it produce more beans! keep us updated Sue! ;)

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  9. I would be interested in finding out if they do yield another crop.xxx

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    1. I'll let you know, Dina. They have grown since I posted this.

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