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. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

fall fava beans

fava favas with label
fava plant
I'm trying again with fava beans. Early this spring I planted a crop that was overcome by black aphids. Since I had some seeds left over, I thought I'd try again this fall. I planted the last of my seeds September 19, a month ago. I now have 20 small plants from about 30 seeds. And the best thing - NO APHIDS!

I'm curious to see if I'll get any beans from these late plants. Time to harvest for favas is about 85 days. That would be December 13. Favas are pretty cold tolerant (down to 0F), but I'm wondering if they grow and produce beans at cold temperatures. I figure gardening by the trial-and-error-method is a good way to learn what works in my garden.

Last year, my garden's first hard frost was November 21 (a low of 31F). The plants I covered survived this one and grew until early January when temperatures plummeted. It seems every year, our fall is a little warmer.

Vicia faba
harvests from my vegetable gardens

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3 Comments:

Blogger Matron said...

I always think of Hannibal Lechter "and a nice chianti" when I hear about Fava beans. Here in England they are always called broad beans. SSShshhhhlllrp!

October 18, 2007 12:51 PM

 
Anonymous Patrick said...

As the weather gets colder, the fava beans will grow more slowly. By 0F, they will probably have stopped groing. It's also pretty unlikely they will bloom and set pods if it's below freezing, but of course there's no harm in trying!

Regardless of if you get any beans, they will fix nitrogen and losen the soil, preparing it for next year's garden.

October 20, 2007 7:22 AM

 
Blogger melsgarden said...

Hi,

Luv your site! Just happened to stumble across it when I was looking for info on vegetable gardening. I was so inspired by yours I had to start up my own - though I have to admitt it's much less interesting as my garden is still in the beginning stage.

Cheers,
Melanie

October 20, 2007 10:54 PM

 

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