Can I Plant Broad Beans In July

Can I Plant Broad Beans In July?

Want to sow something to fill a gap in a veg bed? What about broad beans? Can you plant broad beans in July and expect a harvest? let’s have a look and find out.

Can I Plant Broad Beans In July
Can I Plant Broad Beans In July

Can I Plant Broad Beans In July?

The best chance of success with July sown broad beans is to grow a dwarf variety. As the name suggests these broad beans grow a lot smaller but importantly for us they reach maturity a lot quicker.

This means we have much more chance of getting a successful harvest of our broad beans before the first frosts of the year arrive and kill the plants.

Here is a Dwarf Variety I often grow.

You can also plant regular broad beans and be successful, but you are putting it to chance a little more.

When sown in summer broad beans will grow quickly and you can expect a harvest from germination in around 12-14 weeks.

If you are planting your broad beans right at the beginning of July then you have more of a chance with a regular broad bean than you do if you are planting right at the end of the month.

How To Sow Broad Beans In July

If you are sowing the dwarf type then you will not need support. Sown them directly into the ground where they are to grow. Sow them around 5cm deep and in rows if possible.

Keep the rows at least 15cm apart and if you have the space then keep them more like 25cm apart. This just makes for easier harvesting as the plants won’t grow into each other.

With regular broad beans sow them to the same depth of roughly 5cm but keep the plants further apart. Leave 20cm between plants and 40-50cm between the rows.

Supporting Broad Beans

Like all climbing plants, regular broad beans will need support to grow up. You want to ideally get these supports set up before sowing your seeds.

Box Frame

This is probably the most popular support style for broad beans although you will see lots of different supports used.

Create a box around the plants using canes tied into each other. A string is then run between the canes to create supports for the beans.

Broad Beans With Box
Broad Beans With Box

Broad beans don’t climb like runner beans do but they can still be tied into these structures for added support.

Rows Of Canes

Two rows of canes are set about 45cm apart, both angled towards the centre and just crossing near the top of the canes.

There is then a horizontal running cane near the top that all of the canes are tied into. The canes are tied with string or metal plant ties and it makes a fairly solid structure.

Runner Beans On Rows Of Canes
Runner Beans On Rows Of Canes

Wigwam

A more space-saving option for those who don’t have long beds to have big row of beans. A wigwam is just a circle of canes or sticks, all of the canes meet at the top where they are tied together with string.

Runner Beans On Wigwam
Runner Beans On Wigwam

X Canes

This is very similar to the two rows of canes, apart from the canes cross in the middle instead of the top, making an X shape.

This makes for easier harvesting as your beans don’t end up crowded together at the top, however, it needs a much larger footprint than two simple rows of canes.

Runner Beans On X Canes
Runner Beans On X Canes