This year I decided to try something new by pre sprouting both the peas and beans. I soaked them in water for 24 hours, drained them and placed them in a plastic bag on a very moist paper towel. Then, I sat back and waited for the seeds to swell and send out their embryonic roots. I started the process Sunday afternoon and today (Thursday) I saw the embryonic roots on the favas start to emerge.
The peas weren't quite at the same stage, but I could see that their roots were about to emerge.
Fava beans end up being a 18 inch to 2 foot plant which may require support. They have a fairly long days to maturity which makes them difficult to grow in the spring. Some seed companies recommend pinching the tops out of the plant once they start to bloom. This is suppose to encourage an earlier crop. After the spring crop is harvested, supposedly, you can cut the plant back to several inches above ground, regrow the plant and get a fall harvest. Stay tuned for updates.