This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

fava flowers

fava flower
favas fava stem
fava flowers
Fava beans (broad beans) are a new crop for me this year. I'm looking forward to grilling some tender fresh beans. I have one 3.5 foot row of about 10 plants back behind my pole beans. This week they've started to bloom. Big black and white flowers on plants that are about 2 or 2.5 feet tall.

There are still a lot of black aphids on the plants. The aphids are on the top couple inches of the plants. Once I get another set of flowers, I'll cut off the tops of the plants to reduce the aphids and let the plants put all of their energy into making beans.
Vicia faba



Blogger Doctor Mom said...

Wow! Just the blossoms are delicious!

June 16, 2007 11:59 AM

Anonymous Briana said...

In the words of someone far wittier than I, "Aphids Suck."

Gorgeous blooms - ah, a reason to grow Fava beans alone...

June 16, 2007 1:16 PM

Blogger Iowa Gardening Woman said...

You are lucky that Skippy has chosen you to garden with! Lovely dog and oh yes the garden as well :).

The fava blooms are beautiful, the black and white bloom is interesting.

June 16, 2007 8:23 PM

Anonymous sally said...

I garden in a coastal valley in central California and we are already enjoying the favas I planted in March. We always have an aphid problem with favas although it doesn't seem to affect the beans. I have them in a 4x8 raised bed and picked enough for three meals last weekend; that was probably about 10-15 percent of the total crop.

June 17, 2007 1:36 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Wow, you really have a lot of aphids!

June 17, 2007 1:33 PM

Blogger Ki said...

Those fava bean flowers look quite spectacular. Interesting looking plant too. You could almost use it as an ornamental.

So, you're surely going to have some "Chianti" and a good friend with those fava beans? Sorry couldn't help myself.

June 18, 2007 9:55 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Great suggestion Ki! I'll have to do that.

June 18, 2007 10:56 PM

Anonymous Jake said...

Thanks for interesting article, i looking for this information very long!

March 16, 2008 6:44 AM

Anonymous Naomi said...

What a pictures!

March 16, 2008 9:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a lot of blossoms but none of them are setting into pods. How do I get pods growing? Ralph

April 02, 2009 4:42 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Just wait a bit. They'll produce little pods as the blossoms fade. Here's more info about fava pollination. The bottom line is they set pods without any help.

April 02, 2009 5:17 PM

Anonymous Term papers said...

Love your Blog. And love all the Beautiful pics of Fava Flowers. thanks for the technique. You are a winner of award in my blog. Congratulations.

January 13, 2010 2:31 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for the award! Thats great.

January 13, 2010 11:10 PM


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