ina wrote:Flo wrote:ina wrote:
Sounds familiar. They did certainly not take over anything... Not a single bean this year!
Back to whatever I had before next year, even if I have to stake them.
It's been an odd broad bean year here - it may be nothing that you or the brand of beans did but just that 2017 took a dislike to broad beans in general.
It was the same last year - same packet of seeds, so I suspect it was just a dud lot.
Unfortunately it's becoming more widespread.
I had a packet of parsnip which I germinate on moist tissue in the airing cupboard and I had about 5% germinate, bought another variety from a different seed company and got about 90% germination.
Same with peas, packet of Douce Provence hardly any came up, did a germination test and got about 10%, both brand new seed professing to be new 2017 stock and curiously both from the same seed company. I suspect old stock and I will not be buying any more from them, which is a shame as I have been a customer of theirs for over 50 years.