Monday, March 21, 2011
Sowing Fava Beans
Just when we thought that winter was behind us, we got a couple inches of snow today. It will melt away in no time at all but at this point, the shear sight of the falling white stuff just irks me like nothing else. I'm sure it will be awhile before I feel any differently (check back with me in August).
I did end up finding a reasonably dry patch of earth to sow some Fava beans this past weekend. They say that you should plant the seeds as soon as the ground can be worked or when the crocus have emerged, which they have. What they don't tell you is that much of the land (at least in our immediate area) is crap this early in the season. You dig three inches down and see nothing but muddy water.
Anyway, fava beans were one of our favorite things from the spring garden last year. They are fantastic just simply grilled in their pods. Unfortunately, last year's crop didn't amount to as much as we had hoped. The extraordinarily warm weather we received in late spring caused many of the blooms to fall without pollinating. We ended up with only a handful of edible pods at a time. This year, I've sown at least four times the amount of beans that we planted last year including three varieties - Windsor, an early Italian variety given to me by Mac (I don't think she specified a name) and a crimson-flowered variety from Michelle. (Thanks again ladies!) Hopefully, we'll be swimming tasty fava beans this year.