Basics

Ease of Growing
Easy
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
60-180 (Fall/Winter)
Growing Habit
Bush
Hardiness
Hardy

Fava Beans are very hardy and frost tolerant and can grow right through the winter in mild climates. 

Crops
Fall
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool, Warm

Legumes like well-drained soil rich in organic matter and a moderate amount of nutrients. This tall legume is deep-rooted. Where winter lows stay above 10˚ F you can sow as early as September. Avoid hot weather.

Outdoor Growing Temp
40°F - 75°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
35°F

Most cool weather cover crop should be started when temperatures are still in the 60's to allow the plants to establish before winter, which also prevents Winterkill.

Start Indoors
No
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)

Cover crops need full sun when growing in winter, as days are shorter and the sun is lower in the sky. If grown in summer many will tolerate light shade (though they grow best in full sun).

Water
Low

Most of these crops are not particularly drought tolerant and will need regular watering in dry climates (especially when germinating and getting established). However they are mostly grown during the winter when the soil is fairly moist, so don't usually require much irrigation.

Feeder
Light

You do not need to fertilize cover crop in established gardens, as there will be plenty of nutrients in the garden to meet their needs. Since you will be incorporating them back in to the soil, growing them doesn't remove any nutrients from the soil.

The leguminous cover crops also fix nitrogen and eventually add it to the soil.

Suitability
Tolerates light frost
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
No
Attracts beneficial insects?
Yes
Color
green
Fruit Size
5.0-6.0"
Plant Height
48.0-96.0"
Plant Diameter
-"
Hardiness Zone
5-8
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Tender and delicious when beans are young. Brown matured beans are great for hummus and soups. Leaves are light in flavor and texture and are great for salads. Flowers are slightly sweet, and also add a nice touch to salads.