Fava Beans

Although a bit labor-intensive, the work is worth it for these meaty beans. They are also often used as a cover crop because of their nitrogen-fixing properties.

by Dani Yokhna
PHOTO: damnederangel/iStock/Thinkstock

Size: 18 to 25 inches tall.

Sunlight requirements: Full sun.

Water requirements: Keep soil evenly moist.

Soil requirements: Needs extra potassium, so wood ash is good to add to soil; well-drained soil.

When to plant: Early spring or late fall.

Where to plant: On stakes, to keep off the ground.

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When to harvest: When they are about 6 inches in length; early spring if over-wintered.

Produce storage: Can be dried and eaten in soups or eaten fresh; can be used as a cover crop because of high amount of nitrogen; store in airtight jars or bag in a cool, dry place.

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