Broad bean plant
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Support Growing Broad Beans

Support broad beans when they start to grow

Now that the broad beans have started to grow they need to be supported, as broad beans are not climbers you would have to support each plant if you used pea sticks or canes. The easiest way is to enclose the whole row.

You will need:

  • 150cm (5') canes
  • string 


  • 150cm (5') canes
  • pea and bean netting



Place canes about 60cm (2’) apart around the row and tie 3 layers of string around the whole lot. You can also criss-cross between the plants to give them an extra bit of support.

An alternative is to use pea and bean netting around the whole row supported by threading canes through at 60cm (2’) intervals.

Broad beans

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