Ways to grow and pick broad beans, showing results of sowing both autumn and spring

Broad or FAVA beans are a hardy vegetable which tolerates some frost. In my garden, zone 8 climate with average winter lows of -6 to -8C/20F, broad beans get their roots down in autumn and sit quietly all winter, before exploding into growth in the spring. This results in earlier and often more substantial harvests than from spring sowings. See also two different varieties in this video, tall and short ones – Aquadulce Claudia (tall) and de Monica (shorter).

5 thoughts on “Ways to grow and pick broad beans, showing results of sowing both autumn and spring

  1. Really helpful video thank you. You say give the beans plenty of room but don’t specify the spacing you use. Could you give me your recommended spacing please. Many thanks

  2. I didn’t follow your advice and sowed in late September and planted in early October. We’re now having quite a warm fall. The plants are now quite large and starting to bud. Should I pinch back those shoots for eating and will I still get a good harvest in spring?

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