How To Grow Fava Beans

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As winter slowing slips into the distance, I get more and more excited about the upcoming gardening season. Last year we tried growing beans in a plastic bag and growing grand pa’s pole beans , so we are on a mission to add something new from the bean family. That is why I was researching how to grow fava beans this afternoon.

Also know as the broad beans, their scientific name is actually Vicia Faba. Not only do they taste really good they are often used as a cover crop in many gardens too. There are at least two known varieties, the vroma bean and the windsor bean, which is the classic variety.

How To Grow Fava Beans

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • fava bean seeds
  • compost
  • organic fertilizer
  • trellis
  • aphids pesticide (optional)

Plant your seeds about 4 to 6 inches apart. You will need a trellis to support your plants as they often grow very tall. Within a few weeks they will start to produce pretty flowers with a small black speck on every single one. Keep an eye out for aphids and protect your patch from rabbits, they love them too.

These beens self pollinate, so having some insects around actually helps. You can expect them to be ready for picking in about 2 and a half months. Some people like to eat them before they get too hard like peas. If you are not going to eat them all fresh or dried, they can also be frozen for long term storage.

You can get more information on Gardening Jones blog, here…

How To Grow Fava Beans

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