I’ve had varying success with overwintering broad beans as severe winter weather has damaged the plants, and one year, a bitterly cold spring wind destroyed the crop.
So this year, rather than overwintering, I have sown the seeds in February. The plan is to secure germination and protect the young plants under the protection of a plastic growing tunnel. I’m hoping that once the plants are too tall to remain under cover, the weather will have warmed to the point where the risk of cold damage has passed.
To keep the tunnels on the allotment, rather than blown away over the fields, I buried the sides under earth. On inspecting the plot this weekend, I was relieved to see that this was sufficient to protect them from storm Doris!