Aquadulce Claudia Broad Beans
Planting pot grown Aquadulce Claudia broad beans into the garden.

Aquadulce Claudia Broad Beans

Aquadulce Claudia broad beans are one of my favourites with their slender pods full of succulent, tender white beans. If broad beans bring back thoughts of tough-as-leather beans that you hated as a child then think again. If picked when they are no bigger than your thumbnail, you’ll find they are completely different. With the plants being so hardy (and considered a green manure so can be dug in to the ground, adding valuable Nitrogen to the soil.

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Getting an Early Start – Growing Early Vegetables

If you are trying to extend the growing season so you can put fruit and vegetables on the table for as many months of the year as possible, or perhaps growing within a certain window of time, such as with school gardens where you want to harvest before the end of June when the school term ends then there are a few tricks gardeners can use to start crops off early.

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Pruning Glen Ample Raspberries

Glen Ample is a well known spine free variety of self fertile raspberry that produces exceptional yields (up to 1Kg per foot of cane) of firm fruit that have an excellent flavour. I have a small row of them planted in a sunny, south facing spot in my garden. The fruits are a mid-summer fruiting ‘Floricane’ variety which means it produces fruit on second year wood. Glen Ample starts to crop in early July, the biggest crops are at the end of July and it tails off somewhere around mid-August. Our bees certainly like them and the RHS actually recommend them as an excellent nectar source so I can see why. (more…)

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