Also called Horse or Broad bean, the Fava is not really a bean at all, but a member of the pea-vetch family. It produces long pods filled with large, edible beans which are popular fresh, dried or pickled.
Application Rate: 2-5 lb/1,000 sq ft or 125-175 lb/acre
Uses: Green manure, attracts beneficial insects, fixes nitrogen, edible beans
Facts to Note: This tall legume is deep-rooted and fixes Nitrogen up to 150 lb/acre. Beautiful black and white flowers attract many beneficial insects. The large seeds must be planted deep (up to 3") and early to grow a good stand prior to cold weather. Easy to turn under if mowed or scythed first.
Why Plant a Cover Crop? To provide erosion control. To build the soil’s organic matter and humus content and improve the structure. To increase the microbial activity and biomass in the topsoil and provide…