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Growing Broad Beans – How to Grow Broad Beans

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Sow Outdoors
Harvest
Distance between Plants – 8in Distance between Rows – 8in Germination within 10 days
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.

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.

A very good crop for introducing children due to their large seed and fast growing nature.


HOW TO SOW BROAD BEANS

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Sow 2in deep with 8in between seeds and 24in between each double row.

BROAD BEANS VARIETIES

AQUADULCE CLAUDIA – A long podded, white-seeded tasty broad bean that’s early to mature, Aquadulce Claudia is recommended for autumn and winter sowings throughout the U.K. for the earliest crops the following spring and summer.

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.


HOW TO TRANSPLANT BROAD BEANS


No need.


HOW TO PLANT BROAD BEANS


Plant 9in apart (23cm) staggering the rows at a depth of 2in (5cm) deep.

CROP ROTATION:

Previously Onions and Roots; Followed by Brassicas

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.

HOW TO CARE FOR BROAD BEANS

Keep well watered and weed free throughout the season.


PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS EFFECTING BROAD BEANS

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.


HOW TO HARVEST BROAD BEANS

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 OF BROAD BEANS

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.


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HOW TO STORE BROAD BEANS

Freeze.


USING BROAD BEANS IN THE KITCHEN


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SEAN’S PERSONAL GROWING NOTES FOR BROAD BEANS

Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest
Aquadulce Claudia

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