a mediateam website

See a sample issue of The Irish Garden!

Ask Gerry

  1 - 6 of 10 answer(s)

School work

Help - my 11 year old grandson "volunteered" me to help his class in their garden. Autumn was fine we planted bulbs. Now I need ideas as to what to grow with them at this time of year, remembering they finish at the end of June so results before then are a necessity. We have a bed in a poly tunnel also a bed outdoors, any ideas would be much appreciated. PaulineP, Portroe, Co Tipperary Posted: 10/01/2018

Get a copy of Paddy Madden's excellent book: Wild at School.

You can grow vegetables such as broad beans, peas, lettuce, onions, radish and potatoes sprouted indoors. All these vegetables can be started in pots under cover and planted out later.

Plant out some carrots, onions and parsnips from the shop to see how they flower and go to seed.


Broad beans withering

My broad beans were very healthy but the leaves have now gone rusty and are withering. No problems in previous years. SydCassidy, , Co Wexford Posted: 29/07/2016

This is rust disease, caused by a fungus, which is quite common this year. If the beans are a reasonable size, they can be used. Compost or dig in the affected tops.


broad beans

I appear to have a great crop of broad beans(windsor variety) this year. They are about 4ft tall with lots of flowers, though some have died off. Will they still pod? All of the books tell me to pinch out the tips to prevent black fly attack - I have cut off the top green growth over the flowers. Is this a correct interpretation of this advice? I have got nervous as I did have black fly last year. Patsi, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 06/06/2011


When a good proportion of the pods set seeds, the remainder of the flowers often abort to limit th load on the plant.

It is not necessary to take off the tops until the black aphids arrive and it is done to prevent spread down the plant. That you have cut them does not make much difference.


when to harvest broadbeans

I planted broadbeans in NOV10 and I was wondering when is the best time to harvest them? Ellie4Ever, Garvagh, Co Leitrim Posted: 01/05/2011


The pods of broad beans can be eaten like mange tout peas whern they are between 5 and 8 cm long, but are normally left on to grow until the beans in the pod reach useable size. They are at their best at that stage and do not wait too long for the beans to grow large as they get starchy if too developed.


broad beans

I have grown broad beans for the first time they are now 5ft tall and have flowers but it looks like the little pod is all black at the end where the flower were, have they died and what can i do? bonstey, Oxted, Outside Ireland Posted: 07/06/2010


Sometimes some of the pods do not set and turn black but others do set later on and produce a crop.


disease on broadbeans

i am a beginner and started broad bean seeds off in the greenhouse, they are now 4" tall and looking well but they have got black shiny spots on the stems, the greenhouse has been heated, dont know what to do. bonstey, Oxted, Outside Ireland Posted: 03/03/2010


Some varieties of broad beans have spot markings on the stems and this is normal. It is too early for balck bean aphid, a form of greenfly, as these do not usually appear until the flowers have formed.

Plant them out in the usual way when they have been hardened off for a week by being placed outdors by day.  



Garden.ie Members

Not a member yet?
Join now to:

Join Now

Existing Members

Forgotten password

Garden.ie CLUB

Join Ireland's first online garden club! Share pictures of your garden, make new friends and chat with other gardeners. It's simple to join and free! Register Here

Featured Members

Ask Gerry

Gerry DalyTry our unique advice service from editor Gerry Daly. Got a question right now? Search here to see if it has been answered already:

a mediateam website

©2018 Garden.ie. Mediateam Ltd, Media House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.

Tel (+353 1) 2947777 Email info@garden.ie

Website Design by KCO.ie