As a total newcomer to growing my own, I bought Bayer Garden Ultimate bug killer spray to try to wipe out the tiny black bugs on my broad beans. Now I am really worried in case it makes the beans unsafe to eat when I harvest them. Can the spray be washed off? By the way, I still have the aphids or whatever they are but just a smaller amount.
Oh, and I like neem oil for treating aphids. It is safe for humans to eat and is effective. Here is more information:
It lasts 6 weeks on the plant. Washing them may reduce this by a week or so. It is not recommended to eat plants that are treated with this until after the 6 weeks and it has broken down.
Should I pinch out the tops of my broad beans? And when should this be done?
You do not need to, though some people claim it makes for bushier plants. If you want to pinch, pinch the top 1/4 when the seedlings have 6-8 sets of true leaves.
My friend lives in Greece and is having problems with black fly on her broad beans. She says she cannot buy anything out there to help and has asked me to look around. I know I can't send liquids to Greece but is there anything I can get her? I have already suggested dishwashing liquid but am now stumped.
Is it to early to plant out broad bean seedlings and onion seedlings? Worried about the weather.
This depends on where you are located. Without this information, I couldn't tell you if it is too early in your area. It is about time to start them indoors in my area in Tennessee, and further south. Closer to Canada, it would not be time for another couple of months.
My broad bean beans have brown spots and scars on them although the pods were unblemished. Any ideas on what it is and what caused it.
It is difficult to determine the issue, with no images.
This link will help you.
Hi,is it possible to grow broad beans now? I have pulled all potatoes and have a large space empty,if so should I grow them as plants to set out or can I just put in as beans. Many thanks
Broad beans are normally sown in the spring, from February to April. However some varieties are particularly hardy and can be sown in autumn from October to November (provided that the soil is still reasonably warm). November sowings usually germinate within 2-3 weeks.
Hi. Is it possible to plant broad beans now? If so, do I plant as beans or grow as plants first? Many thanks
I am not sure of where the midlands are. Can you provide your USDA zone? This will tell me your average temperatures. Beans will not tolerate hot temperatures very well, so if these are above 85 degrees or so, then it wouldn't be a good idea to plant them. If the temperatures are still low in your area, then it could be possible to plant them now. Whether you choose to buy plants, or plant beans will be up to you. Since they grow so fast, I always just plant from beans.
If you think it will be hot in your area for awhile, then you may want to try growing these indoors under horticultural lighting.