Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Broad Beans
Latest Update 19th August2017.
In Autumn I
sow a double row of broad bean seeds (7 per row) in a Garden Ecobed.
I use a 1 metre high timber framed plastic net to separate the rows and provide support when it gets windy.
I plant the seeds 50 mm deep to increase the plant's stability in the soil.
Broad beans are a healthy addition to the diet containing lots of fibre, minerals and vitamins.
We pick them when young and steam them whole in their pods.
Surpluses are left to mature, removed from their pods, blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, dried and stored in resealable bags in the freezer.
They make a pleasant addition to soups in winter.
Binomial Name: Vicia faba.
Crop rotation group: Legumes.
Garden bed type: Garden Ecobed.
Recommended soil pH: 6.0 - 7.5.
Minimum sun per day: 8 hours.
Plant spacings: (in row: between rows) 200mm: 300mm.
Planting depth: 50 mm.
Weeks to harvest: 12 - 22 weeks.
Good companions: Potato, Sweetcorn.
Climate: Warm temperate.
This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
It is a good
source of protein, thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a
very good source of dietary fibre, folate and manganese.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
In April, clear some of the mulch out of the way in the prepared bed and sow seeds200mm apart in rows 300mm apart.
Sow them about 30mm deep using a dibber and after initial watering let the
Ecobed take over water supply.
Once the beans have grown to about 100mm tall, move the mulch back to cover exposed soil.
Provide support so the beans don't get blown over in high wind.
control height and reduce wind damage, it's
worth nipping off the growth points when the beans are 1200mm
high. This will boost the size of the remaining beans, and provide you with delicious growth tips which can be steamed with a little seasoning
and some herbs.
Harvesting and storage
Harvest the beans in October.
Pick them very young if you like to cook them in
Leave some to fully mature and remove the pods before you
freeze a few bags of mature beans every year - blanched with pods
removed and stored in the freezer.
When I defrost them for cooking, I remove the tough outer skin
the beans with a little salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
I use them in mixed garden vegetable soups. They are cooked podded but
not pealed. The soup may need straining after processing with a stick
blender if the bean's outer skins are very tough. They add taste,
nutrients and texture to a creamed vegetable soup.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.