Beans (Broad) Growing Guide

Beans (Broad), also known as Fava beans

Crop Rotation Group

Legumes (Pea and Bean family) 


Good, well-drained soil.


Most locations. Like cool and moist conditions

Frost tolerant



Not usually required.


Marigold, Lovage, Petunia, Potatoes, Carrot and Cucumber. Jane recommends lettuce, Spinach


Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 25cm (9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the garden.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Broad beans can grow over 1.5 m tall and require staking in particularly windy areas. Grow in a group of them together, as they will support each other. If they become too heavy when bearing, support them with a single or double line. Dig in roots when finished cropping as these return nitrogen to the soil.


Harvest about three to four months after sowing, before the pods become tough. Often get a second crop.


Aphid (removing growing point helps prevent them), beetles

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Beans (Broad)