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June 3rd 2018

Broad Beans & Garlic

I don’t like to sow my broad beans too early; otherwise the plants are too advanced in the early spring and start flowering before there are any bees around to pollinate them. Here in Nelson, New Zealand we sow our broad beans in mid May (mid November in the northern hemisphere) – no earlier! It is June 3rd now and the broad beans are just starting to poke through.

On the other hand I don’t like planting garlic bulbs at the traditional time of the shortest day of the year. I have found sowing a month earlier is best – so again the best time is the same as for broad beans – mid May (mid November northern hemisphere). This gives them a good start before the cold weather and shortening days take hold. The garlic is also just starting to show through.

Both broad beans and garlic are very hardy and survive the winter, ready to go as the days lengthen and the temperature increases.

Winter Salad Crops

Hardier salad crops, like Mizuna, Land Cress, Corn Salad, Endive and Mustard Streaks are quite happy outside through our Nelson winter, but lettuce are more problematic, so we have some coming on in our little lean-too greenhouse and some under bell cloches outside.

Lettuce under bell choches

Lettuce under bell choches

6 winter lettuce in greenhouse

6 winter lettuce in greenhouse

Mizuna

Mizuna

Mustard Streaks

Mustard Streaks

Garlic shoot

Garlic shoot

Broad Beans popping up

Broad Beans popping up

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