Beans (Fava) Growing Guide

Beans (Fava), also known as Broad Beans

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 

Soil

Good, well-drained soil.

Position

Most locations.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Carrot, Celery, Corn, Lettuce, Potatoes, Nasturtium, Lovage, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Kale.

Spacing

Single Plants: 7" (20cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 5" (15cm) with 9" (25cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow direct into soil in rows. Use blankets or cloches to protect seedlings from hard freezes.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Support plants in windy places. Dig in or compost roots and plants to make good use of their residual nitrogen.

Harvesting

Harvest before the pods become tough. Often get a second crop.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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