The last of the Celebrating 10 Hours of Day Light…. Maybe we should uncork a nice Chianti!
It doesn’t matter if they are golden-brown or black when they sink into the soil, they all harvest green for fresh eating. I’ve heard of fava beans (a.k.a. broad beans) but it wasn’t until we moved to Everett that I tried them. I was actually looking for different sources of vegetarian protein that moved me to even consider the beans made famous by Silence of the Lambs. It turns out that an Italian TV Chef named Lydia that got me excited about Favas. Success!
Spoiler alert… this is the first time I’ve planted Fava beans by starting them in the greenhouse. Usually we celebrate Halloween by planting garlic and Fava beans for the next season. My Halloween Favas are doing great, but I have fava beans from a local farm that I want to get into the ground. There were only 15 break-away cells left, so there are only 15 seeds planted. They will most likely be planted by the front fence near the wild rose vine. Sadly the dear love to browse our front garden. They will be at risk, but any beans that come to harvest will not be crossed with the broad Windsor growing in the back 40.
All of my really kewl greenhouse tools were discovered on Sean’s Allotment. He used them to start Fava beans one season. That year we still had a good income, and soon they found their way from England to Everett. They are probably more fun then practical.
In the background of this picture are the “No More Radiation Sweet peas” which are happy for now. I’m hoping the same for these Frog Island Fava beans. I’ll let you know how it went when they are ready.
How to spring plant Fava Beans
- Watch for Crocus’ to bloom. That is when you should plant Fava Beans.
- If the ground is frozen or muddy, plant them in tall break-away pots or toilet paper cores.
- Plant seam side down.
- Plant two times as deep as the width of the seed.
You can eat favas at any stage, green skinny beans or full size beans.
That’s it! Don’t be afraid. I’ll add a garden to table video I made the first year I grew favas. Hope you try them.
Debs in Everett, Washington were it is a another dull, gray, western Washington day.
Warming things up on the weekdays with #NTin2018 on Instagram. I am on my last week of the Gospel of Mark, see ya there!