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BROAD BEANS


  How To Grow Broad Beans


PLANT TYPE: Annual
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Vicia faba
LIGHT: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Rich well-drained, deep sandy loam
pH RANGE: 6.0 - 6.8
MOISTURE/WATERING: Average
MATURITY IN DAYS: 70 - 75
KNOWN PESTS: black-fly
KNOWN DISEASES: N/A



OVERVIEW:

Broad beans are easy to grow and are great for the novice and expert gardener alike. Broad beans require strong well manured soil. Sow on a sheltered border. The soil should be well drained. . Water well if weather is dry and keep weed free. The earlier broad beans are sown the less likely they are to become infested with black-fly.


PROPAGATION / SOWING:

Broad and Fava beans can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. Broad beans 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 broad bean seeds, plant heavier and when sprouted, thin to desired density.


CARE & GROWING:

Broad 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 broad bean 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 broad beans as it grows.


HARVESTING:

Pick beans when pods appear plump.












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To discourage blackfly attack and improve your bean yield pinch out the growing tips of the broad beans plants when they are in full flower. If blackfly still attack your broad beans, then spray with a mild soap solution






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