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Post  JuneP on 5/31/2013, 12:53 am

I have Fava beans growing in a couple of square and they have pods, but I've never grown them before and have no idea how I can tell when to harvest them. Needless to say, I could use some help.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/31/2013, 1:35 am

June....here is a good thread on Fava beans.....Lav Debs even posted some video's there on what they look like and how she was using them in a dish.... Very Happy

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t14719-fava-broad-beans

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Post  JuneP on 6/2/2013, 9:40 am

Thanks to the forum help I figured out that I could harvest some of the fava beans. What puzzled me was the difference in the size of the plants in the 3 squares I planted. I planted 9 in each square, since I couldn't find definitive planting instructions for them. My soil is very rich and I used a high quality organic fertilizer. Some plants were full, and had beans on them. Others had no beans and the plants were smaller. So I'm guessing that 9 plants was too many for one square; but why did some get big and have beans and others not. Puzzling.

In any case, by the time I got them shelled, boiled a minute and out of the outer shells I only got a few tablespoons. Are they cooked after that one minute boil, or do I have to cook them again?

With only 2 4x8 foot raised beds for growing my vegetables, I don't think it's worth giving them 3 squares for so little harvest. My limited space can be better used by planting more bush or pole beans; but it was a fun experiment.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 6/2/2013, 10:16 am

That is interesting. I plant 4 to a square. I THINK that the beans I harvested for the video came from two squares. Did you know..... pods are ready to harvest when they start to droop? They go from pointing to the sky to a horizontal position


That is a folding tomato cage being used to keep the heavy vines from falling on everything else. Did you know that fava are jack's magic beans?
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Another fava bean question.

Post  JuneP on 6/2/2013, 10:51 am

Thanks! No, I didn't know about the drooping; but I saw some beans for sale at the store the other day and checked mine when I got home and they were basically the same size as the ones in the store. I think I probably could have left a couple of the smaller ones on the plant because the beans were way too small. Maybe I'll try them again next year with only 4 to a square or a big pot and see if there's a big difference in the yield.

Do they keep producing, or do you just get one picking?

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