How to easily grow broad beans

by Natasha Starkell | 15.04.2014 | 3 steps | easy | 10 - 30 Min. | 5 times | Rating: 2 votes

Broad beans have a unique earthy taste and they’re a wonderful crop to grow at home.

There’s nothing like a bowl of freshly picked broad beans heated up with a dash of butter to get the taste buds tingling. In addition, you can sow beans in the autumn so that your veggie plot is used all year.

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Bamboo canes
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Planting broad beans

Planting broad beans

Planting broad beans

Step 1

Planting broad beans

You should plant your broad beans in the spring, or in late autumn if you want to get an early crop. Seeds should be planted 5cm deep, leaving 20cm between each plant. You can also sow a couple of extra seeds at the end of each row if you want to fill in the gaps and get those perfectly straight lines later in the year. 

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Growing broad beans

Growing broad beans

Growing broad beans

Step 2

Growing broad beans

Growing broad beans is relatively straightforward once you’ve popped the seeds into the ground. Large plants may need staking to stop them from flopping over, and once flowers start appearing you can pinch out the growing tips. This is also the perfect time to give your broad beans a copious amount of water, which should then be done again two weeks later.

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Gießkanne Modell Treibhaus 7,5 Liter, grün
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Bamboo canes
Twine
Harvesting broad beans

Harvesting broad beans

Harvesting broad beans

Step 3

Harvesting broad beans

Pods can then be harvested when they’re about 7.5cm long. 

Materials
Bamboo canes
Twine
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