Broad Bean - Dreadnought
A heritage variety and still one of the best Longpods for flavour. Pods are produced in abundance containing 7 to 8 plump white beans per pod ready to harvest in June. One of the best for freezing, as seeds do not discolour. Height to 120cm (4ft).
Sow seeds from February to May outdoors. Ideally sow seeds in double rows, 5cm deep in well prepared soil, 20-23cm apart both in the row and between each row. Allow at least 60cm between each double row. Germination takes about 10 days. Support the plants as they grow by placing a cane or stout stick at each corner and tying in with string, especially in windy sites. Plants in containers may also need support. Keep well-watered especially when flowering and as pods set. Pinch out growing tip once pods have set to help deter blackfly. Pick regularly as the pods swell and the beans are tasty, soft and tender, and to promote further pod production.