|Broad beans. Variety: Medes|
|Germination time:||13 days|
|Time to transplanting:||+19 days|
|Time to harvesting:||+37 days|
|Mature height:||150cm (5ft)|
|Mature spread:||25cm (10in)|
|Sow depth:||5cm (2in)|
|Growing plant spacing:||20cm (8in)|
|Growing row spacing:||60cm (2ft)|
|Sowing Time (under glass)|
|Sowing Time (outdoors)|
Choose a rich, free-draining, reasonably sunny site which is not too acidic. Ensure Fabaceae were not grown there last year.
Sow in drills 5cm (2in) deep with 20cm (8in) between two rows and 60cm (2ft) between these pairings. Sow a few extra seeds at the ends of rows to fill in for any that fail to germinate.
Weed regularly from sowing until the seedlings are well established. Watering should not be necessary until pods have set, and then only during dry weather.
Support will probably be necessary for tall varieties; in which case put a strong stake at each end and in between the double rows (the rows 20cm (8in) apart) and run string between them at 30cm (12in) spacing up the posts.
Pick pods when they reach 5-8cm (2-3in) long, leaving them longer will result in tough beans.
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Broad bean varieties