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Growing Beans - broad beans, fava beans, also Fava bean

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P     P P      

(Best months for growing Beans - broad beans, fava beans in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 43°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-22 weeks. Pick frequently to encourage more pods.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dill, Potatoes

Your comments and tips

16 Sep 18, Dez (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Yes bumble bees around everyday. maybe its a late season for Broad Beans?
13 Sep 18, Dez (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I've had my BB planted since March/April. They have heaps of flowers on them but there's no beans appearing. Have seen plently of bees to germinate them but still nothing. any ideas on what's gone wrong - with it now being sept??
14 Sep 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Dez, do you have bumble bees around ? They tend to shortcut the nectar gathering from BB flowers by piercing a hole though the back of the flower.
01 Sep 18, warren (New Zealand - temperate climate)
ok i live near the sea in eastern southland my advice from very experenced gardeners in winton to plant broad beans very early august or before that.... i have always found that you can plant them later before xmas and obtain a good crop if you plant early in cold ground its not going to get there quicker . i dont think that the ground will be at 6 deg on the first day of spring What is your thoughts any how. another comment on blanching, then freezing all it will do is change the colour to a dull grey the fact is that it is going to be cooked any how, i stopped blanching ages ago.
18 Jul 18, Donna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I am just starting out and was wanting peoples opinion on grow bags. Are they any good, worth purchasing etc.
05 Sep 18, Simon Milsted (Australia - temperate climate)
I have just purchased some fabric type grow bags for my garden for a number of different uses. Some have been set up in wicking beds with dwarf fruit trees and some are for vegetables & flowers for attracting bees & insects. We rent so this means we can take them with us if we have to move.The fabric also allows for air pruning. I never liked pots as they dry out too quickly and the roots get into a mess but these seem to help that and the wicking beds allow for watering when you can't. Will see how they go!
19 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
As far as I'm concerned a patch of soil in the back yard is the best to grow veges in. You can then use bags pots whatever. These need a lot more attention I believe - dry out quicker. You have to weigh up the costs involved with buying and then the soil etc. It then becomes whether you are doing it for the enjoyment of it or doing it cost effectively. I love growing veges but I also try and do it cost effectively. I want value for the money I spend.
04 Aug 18, Donna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
thanks - we have no yard so grow bags are a good alternative to having the luxury of a patch of dirt I guess.
09 Sep 18, Angela (Australia - temperate climate)
I haven’t had a lot of luck with the grow bags. My most successful containers have been the Greensmart pots. More expensive than grow bags but I have harvested lots of cherry tomatoes, eggplant, silverbeet, basil from them. They need watering less often than conventional pots.
17 Jul 18, John. Spencer (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a good crop of broad beans growing in big pots. They are approx 10--15 weeks old & flowering , however on beans are forming. I have noticed no bees are around. I am in perth. John
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Roger, we just leave all the stems and although they tend to flop around a bit, they all produce plenty of beans.

- Liz

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