Broad beans

For best results, apply a balanced fertiliser such as Growmore about 1 week before sowing, organic fertiliser, chicken pellets or blood, fish and bone.

Sowing time

Sow from November to March.

Crop care

Hoe regularly to reduce weeds, and water in dry weather. Support will be necessary for tall varieties. Pinch off the top 3” as soon as the first beans start to form. This will ensure an earlier harvest, as well as providing some degree of blackfly control. If blackfly persist, you may need to spray them.


Pick your beans when the first pods are 2–3” long. When cropping has finished, dig the plants into the soil to provide a valuable green manure.