Beans, broad

Vicia faba

Fèves    Broadbeans   Habas   Dicke Bohnen

Crop Rotation Group : Legumes (Pea and Bean family)favabeans

Soil :Good, well-drained soil.

Position : Most locations.

Frost tolerant : Yes.


Helps: Beets, lettuce, okra, potato, spinach, dill, cabbage, carrots, chards, eggplant, peas, tomatoes, brassicas, corn, cucumbers, grapes
Helped by:
Summer savory, beets, cucumbers, borage, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, larkspur, lovage, marigolds, mustards, radish, potato, peppermint, rosemary, lettuce, onion, squash, lacy phacelia
Tomatoes, chili peppers, alliums, gladiolas
Snails and slugs
Colorado potato beetle


Sow and Plant :Sow direct into soil in rows. Use blankets or cloches to protect seedlings from hard freezes.

Germination:  10-14 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 7″ (20cm);Rows: 5″ (15cm) with 9″ (25cm) row gap

Feeding : Not usually required

Harvesting :Harvest before the pods become tough. Often get a second crop.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :

Notes :Hosts nitrogen-fixing bacteria, a good fertilizer for some plants, too much for others. Rosemary and peppermint extracts are used in organic sprays for beans. Summer savory and potatoes repel bean beetles.
Support plants in windy places. Dig in or compost roots and plants to make good use of their residual nitrogen.