Broad BeansHow to Grow Vegetables

How to Grow Broad Beans

Broad Beans can be sown either in late Autumn for overwintering for an early crop the following Spring or sown in early Spring for a Summer harvest. Broad beans are a nutritious and valuable source of protein. Bacteria in their roots take up nitrogen from the air, which feeds the plants. Delicious when eaten young and tender. A very good crop for introducing children to gardening due to their large seed and fast growing nature.

VARIETIES

  • SUPER AQUADULCE: Superb long pods with 8-9 good flavoured beans in each. Compact plants grow to 75cm tall. The hardiest variety for autumn or early spring sowing. Sow in double rows 22cm apart, with 15cm between seeds, or 20-30cm each way in beds. Average height 75cm; taller plants may need support. Autumn sowings ready late May/June.

  • ROBIN HOOD: Dwarf variety Robin Hood will provide you with a good crop of nutritious beans which can be grown in pots and containers.

  • KARMAZYN: A compact-growing broad bean that will produce a bountiful crop of tasty and colourful beans and crimson flowers.

SOWING

Can be grown indoors in pots and transplanted when around 6inch tall.

PLANTING

Plant 9in apart (23cm) staggering the rows at a depth of 2in (5cm) deep where they are to grow.

COMPANION PLANTING

BROAD BEANS prefer to be planted with Carrots, Lettuce, Celery, Peas, Potatoes, Parsnips, Aubergines and Marigolds.
BROAD BEANS dislike being planted with Onions, Garlic, Beetroot, Kohl Rabi, Jerusalem Artichokes and Sunflowers.

CROP ROTATION

Previously Onions and Roots; Followed by Brassicas

SEASONAL CARE & YOUR QUESTIONS

Keep well watered and weed free.

    PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS

    Slugs
    Blackfly – The first signs of blackfly is an increase of ants in the tips of the plant. Remove the tips will stop the blackfly from appearing. You can use the tops in stir-fries.

    HARVESTING

    When you notice the shape of the beans through the pod, then it’s time to harvest – hold the plant while you snap off the pod otherwise you could damage the main plant.

    SAVING SEED

    Towards the end of your harvest, leave a few pods to develop for seeds. Once the plant dies back remove the beans from the pod and allow to dry in a frost-free shed. Store in brown paper bags until sowing time.

    HOW TO STORE

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