Growing Broad Beans

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Broad Beans, lima beans, fava beans and horse beans are a staple in our diet.  They are meaty, chocked full of flavor and frankly, delicious.  Do not eat them raw though… They are excellent cooked with deep flavored herbs such as sage, oregano, rosemary and thyme.

Growing-Broad-Beans-Full Growing Broad Beans [image source: podgardening-co-nz] Sow
In early January; sow Broad Beans seeds indoors in trays in succession planting 2-3 seedlings per week in 4” pots in potting soil which has been inoculated with Rhizobia bacteria (available from seed catalogs, online resources etc.). Sow Broad Beans in seedling trays in soil that is 77-86oF at 1 ½” depth. Broad Beans do better when they are direct seeded but also require a high temperature to germinate. You may also try soaking for 12 hours and sprouting the Broad Beans seeds and then plant directly into the soil if seedlings are not taking…

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