Growing Broad Beans, also Fava bean

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Broad Beans in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 6°C and 24°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 25 cm apart
  • Harvest in 12-22 weeks. Pick frequently to encourage more pods.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dill, Potatoes

Your comments and tips

28 Mar 21, Michael Garbutt (Australia - temperate climate)
Do broad beans tolerate transplanting? Or should they go straight into position?
29 Mar 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
A trick I saw the other week is dig the trench in the soil, place the seeds in it, then cover with fine potting mix.
29 Mar 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
When planting seeds to transplant it is best to have them in a cell tray pack so that they establish a good root system before transplanting - 4-6 true leave stage. OR if your are transplanting fairly bare rooted transplants then protect them from the sun for the first week. OR if planting seeds in ground, wet the soil the day before, plant the seeds, give a light watering and don't water again for 3-4 days and then only a light watering. If seeds are too wet and hot temperature they will rot in the soil.
14 Apr 21, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks for above info on planting seeds. Q. Is this only for broad beans, or does it apply to planting all seeds?
04 Mar 21, gary (Australia - temperate climate)
what soil preparation is best for broad beans,my crops are getting less every year?
21 Mar 21, Tony (Australia - temperate climate)
I use good old chicken manure (Rooster Booster or similar) and dolomite lime. Dig both in well a few weeks before planting. Don't forget to plant your broad beans in a different spot than the year before
31 Jan 21, Aaron (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Apparently, falafel was originally made from dried Broad Beans. I've tried them in a "meatless" patty in burgers. First boiling the beans till they start to soften then putting them in a blender. They don't have the gritty texture chickpeas can have. Even a confirmed carnivore like me was happy eating them.
22 Aug 21, Richard Stancliffe (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Nice - will have try that.
16 Oct 20, Matt Molloy (New Zealand - temperate climate)
what should ph of soil be?
19 Oct 20, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Best to plant them in the autumn. They need cool/cold weather.
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