This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...Those who wish to raise them should select the largest beans from the kitchen supply, soak them well and proceed as for dwarf beans ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...Those who wish to raise them should select the largest beans from the kitchen supply, soak them well and proceed as for dwarf beans. The earliest pods are sliced prior to cooking, but of the later ones the beans, alone, should be eaten. Broad Beans mature before the profusion of" summer" vegetables are ready for the table and, on this account, a few rows, at least, should be sown. Select a strip of good rich soil that is heavy rather than light and well dress it in the winter with manure. In late February, sow the seeds. This is easiest to do if a dibber is used. Push it three inches in the ground, drop in the bean, and press home with the index finger. Be careful that a space is not left below it, for water will accumulate there and rot the roots. Sow the seeds five inches apart in rows separated by about three feet. When the seedlings begin to shoot up, draw the earth around them as a protection against frosts, pinch off the tops of the plants when they have reached a sufficient height, and water with dilute liquid manure as soon as the pods begin to form. Some growers soak the seeds for about two hours before sowing. If the ground is not wanted when the beans have been gathered, do not pull up the plants but cut them down to within five inches of the ground. Young shoots will be rapidly thrown out which will flower and bear a second crop well worth securing. When dwarf broad beans are grown, they should be treated as above, but planted two inches down, three inches apart in rows separated by one and a half feetEarly supplies may be obtained by sowing from October onwards in a comparatively dry, sheltered, and sunny spot, but they will require much careful covering and screening during the depths of the winter. For October sowings use...Read Less
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