Growing your own food is a great way to provide you and your family with a healthy, affordable diet. If you have a little extra room in your garden, plant fava beans as soon as the last frost has passed. In three months your beans will be ready for harvest. Saute the young, fresh beans in butter, or shell and boil the beans before chilling them for nutritious spring salads.
Turn over the soil in your vegetable garden with a shovel or garden fork. This will loosen the soil and prepare it for planting. Mix in plenty of rich, organic compost to improve the nutrient levels of the soil.
Place your seeds into the soil 1 inch deep and 4 to 5 inches apart. If you are planting more then one row, space rows 20 to 30 inches apart.
Cover the seeds with soil and pat it down gently. Water the area so that the ground is damp to a depth of at least 2 inches.
Feel the soil every two to three days; when it begins to feel dry and crumbly to the touch, water the planting bed again. In wet, rainy weather you will not need to water at all.
Harvest your crop by cutting the beans from the plant as they mature. Fava beans are ready for harvest 80 to 100 days after planting.