RED ALERT - BAD VEGGIE COMPANIONS FOR BEETS While some vegetable companion charts show that pole beans (NOT bush beans and peas) are bad companions for beets, I think it is more important to talk about why beans and peas in general may not be good for beets. If you recall, bean and pea plants take nitrogen from the air and give it to the soil. . .
FABULOUS FAVA BEANS Well this is my first time growing fava beans so we can learn together. Since I’ve had good luck growing different beans & peas, I thought I would go exotic this year. I am growing Windsor Fava Beans from Botanical Interests. Fava beans are considered Mediterranean heirlooms. The fava plant grows between 2 and 4 feet tall so it is recommended that you stake the plant because it can get heavy with the fava pods.
Cool Season Vegetables Today we are talking about vegetables that like to be harvested in the cooler seasons of fall or winter. Here is the list: Artichokes, Arugula, Fava Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots . . .
CHERRY TREES When we purchased our Reliance Cherry Tree in May 2012, it looked fantastic! While we were worried that bugs might attack it, we did not realize that the real "pest" would be the deer in our neighborhood. The deer ate most of the bottom branches and rubbed their antlers on the bark (see below). I am hoping the tree continues to survive and we start getting cherries this year.
Follow-Up Friday - Carrots, Onions, Scallions, Beets & Celery: For today's update take a look at this row that I planted sometime in the Spring. Sorry but I forgot to record the date. Going from left to right, we have Carnival Carrots, Borettana onions (a gourmet cipollini - a fancy name for a flat onion!), red and white Scallions and beets. . .
HARVESTING & STORING FAVA BEANS irst take a look at the pretty but small flower that is black and white on the fava plant. Since I only have 6 fava plants and since the weather has heated up, I am getting only a few fava pods here and there. Don't forget the fava plant likes the cooler weather! While I don't have enough fava beans for a meal all at once, I am blanching them for future use.