How To Grow Broad Beans
Growing Broad Beans: Broad Beans planted in the fall in an underground polytunnel or in an outer frame or in a hanging frame can easily plug the yearly 'hungry hole' in your vegetable garden's season. Those planted in early spring without protection can also be a useful addition to a garden. They taste better than other beans, and some Broad Beans is even pleasant to eat. This is also the time to transplant Broad Beans out of their winter buffer zone, into their new season garden. These small but hearty plants are very easy to grow and will soon fill in any empty space in your garden.
When Broad Beans begins to sprout, they are small, about one-third the size of a pea, and grayish in color, with dark-colored veins. As they grow, the veins fade to a brownish hue and then to black. The seeds, which are round and white, are located at the bottom of the pod. If the seed pod pops open, the small white starlike seeds are enclosed within the mesh.
Broad Beans do not like acid soil conditions, therefore they do not do well in heavy clay soils. However, they do quite well in rich soils with low fertility, such as chalk, salt or rock salt, and even loam. Most Broad Beans seeds require temperatures of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit during their germination. Some of the pod varieties do better in cool weather, while others do better in hot weather.
Broad Beans are sold fresh or dried. Dried beans are available throughout the year, but most sell pods within four months of planting. Fresh Broad Beans can be bought at a local grocery store or purchased at a Broad Bean dealer. Fresh Broad Beans can also be purchased at a local farm or co-op. In many cases, farmers sell their whole and broken Broad Beans at an increased price for their home gardeners.
Broad Beans seeds should be separated before using them in your home vegetable garden. This ensures that the beans seeds are not wasted. You can separate the beans by hand or with a machine. The best method is to leave the beans sitting on a cutting board for about three weeks. This will push the seeds out through the pulverized husk into the collection bin, or other container used for seed separation.
To harvest the seeds, make sure you have cleaned the plant completely. When the husk has opened, use a sharp knife to cut the husk from the bean. Once you have removed the seeds, place the bean in a cheese cloth bag, and add a little water to help it hold its shape. Now you can store the seeds in your vegetable garden.
When the bean has finished germinating, remove it from the seed pod and plant it in your garden. If the seed has already sprouted, transplant it directly into the garden. If the seed hasn't sprouted, use a sharp knife to cut through the center of the bean. Avoid hitting the leaves with the knife to reduce damage.
It's best to plant Broad Beans in rich soil that is full of nutrients and good drainage. These traits will ensure that Broad Beans seeds germinate quickly. Good watering will also encourage healthy seed growth. In addition to being easy to grow, Broad Beans makes an excellent choice for your home vegetable garden as it is easily grown in containers. So start harvesting your own Broad Beans today!
When Broad Beans is in season, they are available at most garden stores. You can even buy them at your neighborhood supermarket. Broad Beans can be used both internally and externally to create delicious and nutritious foods. You can cook them with soups, stews, chili, or on top of salads and vegetables. Broad Beans seeds can also be used in your compost pile for the decomposition of garden waste.
When you decide to save seeds from your Broad Beans to plant next year, you may choose to save only the female beans. This will result in a greater likelihood of successful breeding. After saving the females, carefully remove any large clumps of seeds from the plant. Seal the clump in an airtight jar and refrigerate it. Leave the seeds in the refrigerator for about three weeks before planting another crop.
While Broad Beans is easy to grow, it is important to be sure you are getting the highest quality product you can by purchasing from a reputable source. Look for a company that guarantees their product and has a high refund rate. If you plan to store the seeds, it is helpful to purchase a bag of quality starter seeds so you don't have to start all over again from seed. Once you get started growing your own High-Fiber Fresh Living Food, you'll be glad you did.