Fava Beans

SKUS: CC211A, CC211B, CC211C, CC211D, CC211S
Fava Beans cover crop seeds produce hardy annual, upright plants. This small-seeded broad bean is a popular nitrogen fixer. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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More details about Fava Beans

Vicia faba. Fava Beans cover crop seeds produce hardy annual, upright plants. This small-seeded broad bean is a popular nitrogen fixer. The large brittle plants work in easily with front end tillers, or can be cut and composted. Turn plants in before the seeds start forming, 2 weeks before you want to plant in that spot. Fava beans can be started as early as the end of January, or as late as early November. Plants grow slowly. Use 57kg (125 lbs) per acre. 500g covers 385 ft.

(Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Hardy annual
    • Popular nitrogen fixer
    • Work in easily with front end tillers
    • 500g covers 385 ft
    • Open-pollinated seeds

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All About Fava Beans

Latin

Latin
Vicia faba
Family: Fabaceae

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing

Timing
Fava beans can be started as early as the end of January, or as late as early November where winters are mild. Plants grow slowly, and are hardy down to Zone 7: -17°C (0°F).

Starting

Starting
Aim for a minimum of four plants per square foot. Sow seeds 5mm (¼") deep.

Growing

Growing
For nitrogen fixation, allow the plants to grow until flowering begins. Cut plants at the surface and leave on the soil as a mulch, or use for compost. The large brittle plants can also be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. Allow two weeks before planting the next crop.

How to Fava Beans

Step 1: Timing

Fava beans can be started as early as the end of January, or as late as early November where winters are mild. Plants grow slowly, and are hardy down to Zone 7: -17°C (0°F).

Step 2: Starting

Aim for a minimum of four plants per square foot. Sow seeds 5mm (¼") deep.

Step 3: Growing

For nitrogen fixation, allow the plants to grow until flowering begins. Cut plants at the surface and leave on the soil as a mulch, or use for compost. The large brittle plants can also be worked into the soil easily with a garden fork. Allow two weeks before planting the next crop.

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