Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fava beans


Surprise! The fava bean seeds that were planted in the garden on January 10, 2012 have plants emerging - some are as high as 3 inches. The fava beans were planted in rows in the two sunniest beds knowing that they help improve the quality of the soil through nitrogen fixation. I plan to plant rows of lettuce seeds in between the rows of beans since the lettuce can thrive in the shade of the bean plants.

5 comments:

  1. Anne, good for you. My fava beans are still in the unopened seed packet. That does a lot of good.

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  2. They almost look like hosta popping up out of the ground at first glance. George you better get them opened and in the ground!

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  3. Hi George, Thanks, the only thing crazier than planting bean seeds in the ground in January is seeing them growing in March!
    Hi Clint, have you ever seen the black and white fava bean plant flowers? Take a look at a post from May 23 2011 to see a picture of last years plants.

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  4. Anne, how do you prepare them? Pick them relatively small? Yes, the flowers are quite stunning.

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  5. Hi George, I made the mistake of picking them too small last year because I was afraid the weather was getting too warm for them. But the warm weather just diminishes their ability to set flower and fruit. I have since read that when the pods are 5 to 7 inches long they are ready to pick.
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/making-fava-beans-a-favorite/

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