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Beans, Broad/Fava

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Broad and Fava beans can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. They prefer a moist, cool soil for growing and will tolerate light frosts. Sow 1-2” deep and 6” apart in rows 24-36” apart. If using untreated seed, plant heavier and when sprouted, thin to desired density.


These beans are light feeders, requiring a well drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.8. A one time application of compost or well rotted manure will be sufficient. Pinching back the top of the plant when the first pods begin to form will provide a higher and more uniform yield. Large plants require support; hill soil up around the base of the plant as it grows.


Pick beans when pods appear plump.