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.

Monday, May 05, 2008

transplanted fava beans

favas favas 3
rhubarb new wheel barrow
This weekend my sister helped me transplant some fava bean sprouts to my community garden plot. At last there are green plants in my plot! I also have a nice rhubarb plant starting to sprout in the corner.

I sowed the fava beans in my home garden - half on March 18 and half on April 11, using a fava bean inoculant.

I hope they will do better for me this year than last year. Last spring, I planted them in my home garden without inoculant and they were completely overcome by aphids. Then I planted them again in the fall and they were killed by the frost before producing any beans. So far, these look good. I've saw some very nice fava bean crops in other plots at Rock Meadow last year, so I know it can be done.

Vicia faba



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Kathy.

I'm a long-time lurker, but had to break my silence and tell you how much I love your blog! I get almost as excited about your transplanted seedlings as I do about my little green bean sprouts. :) Thanks for sharing with all of us!


May 05, 2008 1:11 PM

Blogger Matron said...

I have a little smile when I hear an American refer to those as 'Fava' beans.. it makes me think of Hannibal Lechter and a nice Chianti. In the UK that is a name you will never hear, we call them 'broad beans'. I guess we are "two nations divided by a common language" eh?

May 05, 2008 2:32 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by Caroline. Its nice to see all the happy little sprouts growing so fast now. Good luck with your beans.

Matron, I never hear them called broad beans here. always fava bean. Like you said, same language, but different.....

May 05, 2008 2:37 PM


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