Broad bean De Monica is new to us and a fantastic variety to grow. It is one of the earliest maturing broad beans from a spring sowing, often ready to harvest at the same time as Aquadulce sown in the autumn. A dual purpose variety as Broad Bean De Monica can also be autumn sown for an early harvest. Heavy cropper producing 15cm (6in) pods with 5-6 large beans per pod.
Beans are ideal when grown with other vegetables such as Peas and carrots.
Nutritional values: Vitamins A, C and E and Protein
Pack size: Approximately 50 seeds
Sowing Indoors: N/A
Sow/Plant outdoors: Cultivate soils to a depth of 15-20cms and rake the top surface to provide a fine crumb to plant the seeds into. Sow seeds outside from February to March or in October to November. Draw out seed drills direct into the growing site 5cm(2in) deep in rows, placing the seeds 10-15cm (4-6in) apart, space between rows should be 60cm (24in) apart.
Early spring sowings may benefit from being sown under cloches.
Do not plant if soils are waterlogged.
If necessary thin seedlings to 10cm(4in) apart . When the first pods have set pinch out the top 6cm (2 1/2in) to help discourage black fly. Harvest once pods become filled with succulent tasty young beans.
Bean plants are nitrogen fixers. When cropping is over, cut plants down and dig in as a green manure.
Soil type: Free draining light soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Full sun but also ok in partial shade.
Position: Prefer open planting in vegetable beds.