Broad beans have been very slow to produce pods this year due to an exceptionally cold winter in our area. The adjacent photo was taken on 8th August, and it has been a month before some of the pods were large enough to harvest. When winters are mild, we usually get two harvests of broad beans. When the main crop has finished, we cut the plants back to 30 cm high, and the plants send up shoots from the base, resulting in a smaller secondary crop. However, it looks as though we will have to be satisfied with one crop this year because October can get very hot in our area.