The picture is of my fava beans, two rows on the sides of my marionberry vines, too small at this time.
The rains have slowed down to once, twice a week, here in the Pacific Northwest. We get to examine our gardens and begin planting at this time. Oh, some of us have been busy weeding and amending and seeding too. I want to tell you today about the easiest thing to grow, outside of radishes.
Fava beans, also known as broad beans, a cousin of lima beans, I think, are probably the least fussy of vegetables to grow in this sandy terrain that will soon become full of all kinds of weeds. Fava are most delicious when picked young and cooked and served the way we serve peas.
But, I will not talk about cooking in this blog. (I do, however, in my real food blog.)
I just think that fava are unappreciated; yet, they are the easiest thing to grow.
A. They like all kinds of weather. They can be planted as a winter crop, or an all season crop.
B. Bugs and birds leave them alone.
C. Leaves and fruit are edible raw, when young.
D. The entire plant, after harvesting the pods, can be easily tilled under. The roots develop numerous nitrogen fixing pods, and the entire stock can be roto-tilled easily too.
Imagine, a plant for all seasons, with no enemies, no downside at all.
I'm recommending that everyone grow a few rows this year.