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Broad Beans Seeds - Sutton Dwarf

Botanical - Vicia faba

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Other Names - Dwarf Broad Beans, Fava Beans, Field Beans…

This dwarf broad bean produces a good amount of 18cm long pods with 4 to 5 beans in each pod. The beans are generally smaller in size compared to the taller varieties however this small bean makes up in flavour as the beans are deliciously tender and juicy. The broad bean Sutton Dwarf can be sown in succession to produce a tender bean over a long season.

  • Idea for small gardens or growing in containers.
  • Freeze well.
  • Fast, easy and very prolific, great for beginners.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - February - early June

Harvest - July - October


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Try growing nasturtiums close by as a sacrificial plant. If there are blackfly (black aphids) in the area the nasturtiums will help to draw the aphids away from the crop.
  • The herb summer savory grown close to the beans, is reputed to repel black aphids.
  • Low growing Limnanthes helps to keep the surrounding soil moist, supresses weed growth, attracts bees, hoverflies who's larvae feed on aphids and can be dug in as green manure at the end of the season.
  • Calendula (Pot marigold) attracts predator insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who love to feast on aphids.
  • Borage is an easy to grow cucumber tasting herb. The pretty blue flowers attract bees and pollinating insects into the garden and is often used by bee keepers.

Soil Preperation

A rich, moisture retentive free draining soil is preferred. If growing in the ground add some good quality weed free compost or well rotted manure a few weeks before sowing. Or apply a general purpose organic fertilizer a week before sowing or planting. Dwarf broad beans grown in a container will benefit from some vermiculite adding to the good quality compost to help with moisture retention.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants 10cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 35 cm
Average height 70 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 25 cm Sowing distance between plants 10 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 35 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 2 / 4 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 15℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

For early sowings sow 1 broad bean seed 2cm deep in a small 7 - 10 cm pot. If heat is used to promote faster germination it is important to reduce the heat as soon as germination has started. This will produce a strong, stocky plant rather than a leggy weak plant that is likely to be killed by severe frosts.
After 3 - 5 weeks depending on speed of growth, plant out into their final growing position suggested above. Before planting out the young broad beans will need hardening off over 7 - 10 days to reduce shock. To add some protection and warmth to the newly planted beans cover with horticultural fleece until growth is strong.

Direct Sowing

Sow 1 broad bean seed 4cm deep 10cm apart. Use the same suggested sowing distances if growing in containers. After sowing cover the seeds with soil or compost and water well. If frosts are forecast cover with horticultural fleece.
For container grown beans keep undercover in a well lit location, a greenhouse or conservatory for 1 - 2 weeks before introducing to the outdoors. To extend the harvesting period and to avoid a glut of beans, sow broad beans in succession (every 14 - 21 days) rather than one big sowing.


Growing On

Regular weeding may be necessary to keep the weeds under control especially during the early stages. Water young plants well every 7 - 10 days, more often if grown in containers. If the weather becomes dry the beans will need extra watering especially when the pods are developing. If birds are a problem cover the young crop with bird netting.
As soon as the first beans start to form, remove 8 - 10 cm of the growing tips of the main stem. This ensures an earlier harvest and helps to prevent problems from blackfly. These sweet tender offcuts are delicious lightly steamed and served with a little butter! After the last beans have been harvested, cut the plants at soil level. Leave the roots (which will have produced nitrogen nodules) in the ground for the next crop to use and benefit from.


Harvesting

To harvest the pods apply a sharp downward twist. Begin harvesting the broad beans when they are about 7 - 10 cm long. At this young age the pods are very tender and sweet and can be eaten whole. For larger beans wait until the shape of the beans just start to show through the pods. If the beans are left to grow to full length the bean will develop a tough outer shell. Some people prefer to remove this outer shell before cooking (shelling).
After the last beans have been harvested, cut the plants at soil level. Leave the roots (which may have produced nitrogen nodules) in the ground for the next crop to use and benefit from.
Broad beans will store well in a polythene bag for up to one week in the fridge. These beans freeze very well. Wash the beans thoroughly, blanch for 3 minutes. Freeze in a polythene bag and use within 12 months.

TIP

Mice can sometimes eat the seeds before or just after they have germinated. If mice are a problem it may be best to start the plants indoors.

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