Autumn Sowing: Peas and Beans
Gloomy, cold damp and drab, but if the weather’s fine, grab the opportunity and think ahead to next year. There’s a good few things to be getting on with, but top of my list this year is sowing peas and beans. It’s the traditional time to sow the hardy varieties now and although it’s a bit of a gamble, as long as you sow plenty it will be worth it.
One for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow’.
‘Feltham First’ is the gardeners standard for Autumn sowing – zig zag them thickly across a 9cm trench and resolutely and optimistically bash some pea sticks in a sowing time. For broad beans try ‘Acquadulce Claudia’ (it’s an award winner!!!) as it’s the classic for sowing at this time of year. Space holes 20cm and plop a seed into each 5 deep hole.
After that get on your knees and offer up a prayer to the Gods. If they don’t listen, you can always go again at the end of January.