Gavin & his guests make this green journey lots of fun. Thanks for that info, I didn’t know about the rest of the plant fixing N as well. Older broad bean pods will be yellowish-green and the pods will be lumpy. I think I fertilised twice over the winter with Powerfeed via the water butts, and that was it. I should have made mine double-depth like yours! Not only does Gavin talk knowledgeably on a range of sustainability topics from gardening tips all the way to the issues facing humanity as a whole, but he does so in such a wonderful voice, it's like listening to my Dad, love it!! Broad beans. Down to earth, entertaining and inspirational. Tonight I’m cooking parsnips and celeriac with my Game casserole… I love the way you have made those raised beds, by the way. However, they're more usually harvested a little later, when the pods are well filled and the seed still soft. These look amazing. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries I am going to plant tomatoes and tomatillos in that bed. Once the beans are dry, they can be stored in a dry, cool place for many months, even years. Then I cleaned it up and chopped each of the stalks down to the ground. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), National KAB Sustainable Cities Awards 2010. How to grow broad beans. There is a great recipe in a recent Delicious magazine for Broad Bean Bruscetta. Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. Like you we are having winter here in Chile—brrr! Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Spring sown crops will be ready to pick in about 15 weeks. With lots of tips or how to or what not to do. I did not weed at all and performed no pest control. I blanched the remainder for freezing and we have enough for soups and stews for winter. Thanks Gavin, love the podcast mate! This is a great podcast if you want to improve your life in so many aspects and become a more sustainable person. Another brilliant podcast from Gavin Webber encouraging us, and showing us how, to cut down on food miles, growing our own food, and cutting down on food waste. Black bean aphid: Sap-sucking aphids will disfigure plants and cause stunting to leaves and stems. I leave the root in because the broad bean roots have nitrogen nodules that break down into the soil and act as a fertiliser for the next crop. Harvest when the pods are just 6cm long, for the most tender beans. I find that the higher beds are great to mulch in because the extra high stops the wind from blowing the mulch away. I cooked some in a little olive oil and garlic. This is before  Kim had topped and tailed them ready for dinner. Must be the weekend for harvesting broadbeans- I just picked a big bowlful of broadbeans too- I wish I had have thought to weigh them! I've crowed about Gavin's podcast before but I just have to recommend it once again - I love that he shares his learning as well as his successes - it helps the rest of us try try try again! Gav knows how to share his journey to a more sustainable life in a manner that shows just how easy it really is. Gavin is a great down to earth, tell it like it is aussie with a passion for sustainability and growing food and making cheese. Height – 1 ⅓ to 13 feet (40 to 400 cm) Exposure – full sun Soil – light, not too moist. I saved 5 long stalks and kept the first 4 largest pods attached and hung them upside down in the garage. I recommend to anyone. Sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart. This is a wonderful podcast. Not to mention healthier, economically beneficial and generally rewarding. Short on space? Gavin has a lovely speaking voice so this podcast is always very easy to listen to. Hi Gavin,Just FYI, when legumes fix nitrogen, the plant incorporates the N into its tissues as it grows, the N doesn’t just sit in the nodules on the roots (or spread into the surrounding soil while the plant is growing, as many people assume). Gavin is a really interesting speaker, showing us how to eat better, growing our own food and how to live more sustainably. Or compost them (as I’m sure you do) and then dig the compost back into the garden bed. We’re all clearing things away for the Winter. Highly recommended for people starting out, or those in the midst of their new lifestyle. I highly recommend Gavin's podcast and blog. During very cold weather it pays to cover the plants with cloches or other forms of protection. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. View all Broad beans at the RHS Plants Shop. A whopping 3.6 kg (8 lbs) of Broad Beans (Fava).