Post by 12540dumont on Jan 9, 2013 13:48:21 GMT -5
Richard, your garden is looking very lovely.
Mayz, what does winter look like in Belgium?
John, frost in Florida? I have more favas if you need them.
Steev, we're having that freezing fog stuff. Brrr, it's like friggin' London. Can I say friggin' on this forum without insulting someone? Coldest place in the world, London. The damp sinks into your bones and there's nothing for it except to go somewhere else. I'm sure they thought I was was mad. I wore wool tights, wool long underwear, wool socks, my Minnesota -40 boots, and the pavement instantly sucked the heat out of my feet. I wore a wool coat, wool pants, a wool shirt, an alpaca scarf and hat, and a down vest. If I had fallen over, I would not have been able to get up. People just stared at me when I entered a pub and started to unwind my clothing. Sniggering, they were.
Post by mountaindweller on Jan 10, 2013 2:30:49 GMT -5
I can't compare with the big boys and girls here but I harvested my fava or broad beans (aquadulce) a month ago and they were incredible prolific. We had snow high winds and they are bothered by nothing. I had two spots and one was far better than the other this was were I cut the corn back to a meter or so and planted the beans in between the dead corn. Some seeds were discoloured do you eat them too? We did.
I grew out some seed from a fava I grew a few years back. I was hoping for a seed increase but I must have inadvertently crossed them up. Instead of being golden brown, they were all purple, some dull, others shiny. I'll have to grow out what I have left in the hope that not all of it was crossed up!
Ray Silty loam over clay, pH 5.5, altitude 1000m, latitude 30deg south, 150 frost free days.
slightly colder than London with the same humidity and the same luminosity (in fact should say same lack of luminosity). Not specialy attractive for tourism. Fortunately our summer is usually better than the London's summer.
I'm mainly impressed by the luminosity of your pics. Here sun in winter means hard frosts.
51° lattitude, 150 m elevation, soil: loess, 100 square meters cultivated, first frost December 2, last frost April 7
I just need to decide which variety/ies to grow for 'bulk' production. I would like to freeze around 5kgs for winter, plus eat every week during the season, last year I had 60 plants I think and it was about 1/4 of the volume I wish to plant this year.
Interested in trading for other interesting Fava varieties also
Interested in peoples planting patterns for Fava's, did mine 30cmx30cm roughly last year, and they were a nightmare to keep upright. Wont be growing them on a ridge this year, that didn't help.
Also known as 'rowan57'.
Growing on Fen Peat, next to no pests, one or two key diseases.
I was extremely happy with the dumont favas I planted in begin mars as rescue.I could reconstitute a good seed stock for last fall. And I need a lot of seeds!Most of the ffavas in mypics are from these.
I'm even more excited about the 0.5% survivals(3 plants)These made the disaster a succes. I will be able to share a part of the progeniture off these coming august or so. I also purchased "cote d'or' ,a fava been talked about in a thread.I'll plant the 20 or so grains february/march so I hope to be able to share of these in august.
However all the extra winterresistant beans I have are small seeded varieties(I call feveroles) including ''cote d'or".Except one of the three survivars of last winter that gave medium sized favas,probably a cross between a feverole and a big seeded fava.
I planted big seeded favas around the survivors last march,so my lines of super frost resistant feveroles aren't pure anymore allready.But anyway I want medium/big sized beans. I need more extra cold winters!Or maybe someone with regular super cold winters can make more progress then I.
I also purchased Alan Capulers "Ianto's Return"-mix,that is claimed to be rather cold resistant.I'll plant it late winter too.Probably a good start for those who want autumn planted favas.It's not to late for february/march planting!(Even if only it's for multiplying seed stock)
some ffotos now Mostly dumont/nuts-mix
These are south of those big panes and have lots off light-reflexion.They look nice but strong winter has to come yet.Planted the last days of october.
These planted the same time but in less luminous conditions
semi frost resistant up to the spiral thing dumont/nuts behind,planted beginning november
more favas,planted in the corn as is
aargh! an open space in the cabbage! got to plant some favas...
The last planted,begin december
This volonteer won't survive the winter It's far too big,must have emerged in august or september.The -5°C frost we had in december blackened the lower part of the stem
feveroles in my other garden..
I have my own coception about straight lines
So don't forget to ask me about favas in august iff you're interested.
I gotta plant some favas too. It hasn't been too cold, and even the frost we're expecting soon doesn't sound too bad, so I should clear out a spot and plant some. I could always protect them if we do get some real cold.
I've eaten fava hummus, not too different from chickpea hummus, equally yummus. I also use finger-length pods much like green beans and the tender leafy tips are a good pot-herb. Fresh pods with tender seeds are better for keeping small kids occupied than syrup-and-a-feather.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
I only plant 'em coz I can't stand to see bare garden beds. Probably get one feed off them, then they get pulled to make way for real vegetables. Don't like the mealy dry mouth-feel unless they are double -skun - too much trouble. T
I don't know what you said, templeton; you only get one batch of pods; what? "Skun"? Speak English! Oh, sorry; prolly wouldn"t help, eh!
I doubt the whole fava family is of much use to those of us not in the Mediterrenian area, but what the hell; we can give it a shot. It's not like they've worked on my farm, but I don't know; could be my fault. I don't think so, but... I like fava beans.