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Beans (Broad Beans) — Eleonora Organic

CERTIFIED ORGANIC! The great feature of Eleonora Organic broad beans is that the plants stay relatively short, so they are not prone to falling over. This makes them the top choice for windy or exposed gardens. The attractive bluish green foliage tops upright, hardy plants that only grow to 80cm (31") tall. The pods are high quality and very straight — excellent for fresh eating with sweet, rich flavour. The seeds are ideal for freezing as they maintain their colour and flavour for months. Expect five to six beans in each handsome pod.

Matures in 100 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Certified organic
    • Light green pods with 5-6 seeds each
    • Very straight pods
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 100 days

Size: 50g (approx. 205 seeds)

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season.
Exposure: Full-sun.

Timing
Direct sow before the first frost date in mild winter areas. Direct sow late winter to mid-spring in other areas (tall, soft plants won’t withstand winter well). Optimal soil temperature: 10-21°C (50-70°F). Enrich the soil with compost prior to planting.

Starting
Use a broad bean or combination inoculant to provide a source of nitrogen. Sow seed 5cm (2″) deep, 15cm (6″) apart in double rows. Each set of double rows should be 1m (3’) apart. Germination takes 10-14 days, depending on conditions.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5.Well drained, warm soil in full sun is best. Raised beds help with both drainage and warmth. Use 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer for every 3m (10′) of row. Too much nitrogen fertilizer is often the cause of poor pod set and delayed maturity. If the plants flower but do not set pods, the cause may be zinc deficiency. Try spraying the plants with kelp-based fertilizer. Wet leaves on crowded plants are subject to diseases. Thin plants to increase air circulation and avoid touching the leaves while they are wet.

Harvest
Pick when the pods appear plump and begin to droop from the weight of the seeds. Shell (like peas) and cook or use in soup. For dried beans, wait until the pods start to shrivel.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests: If black aphids appear in May/June, pinch off the growing tips on which the aphids feed. Spray with blasts of water to dislodge the aphids.

Caution: some people are highly allergic to broad beans.

Companion Planting
Beans fix nitrogen in the soil. Plant with beets, Brassicas, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potatoes, radish, and strawberries. Avoid planting near chives, garlic, leeks, and onions.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 based on 1 reviews from westcoastseeds.com 


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