Depending on when the seeds were sown, broad bean plants should by now be flowering or producing pods. Either way, ensure the soil is kept moist but not wet. Check the stem tops and, if you see colonies of black aphids taking up residence, don’t panic, simply pinch off the tops with the aphids and put on your compost pile.
Young pods can be picked when they’re 7.5cm (3in) long and then cooked whole. Alternatively wait for the beans to become larger before harvesting. An easy way to tell if they’re ready to pick is when the outline of the beans starts to show through the pod. Pick often, as this will encourage more pods to form, picking from the bottom of the plant upwards.