|Fava Bean Starts, 3/21/2012|
The plot size at the park is 20 ft by 40 feet. Gardens are laid out in two plot parcels, so there is a path on three sides of my plot, while the left border abuts my neighbor's garden. He tills his garden, but can't get right next to my permanent stakes. Thus a weedy strip grows between the gardens, which means that the weeds ultimately send raiding parties into my plot. So about a week ago, I dug out the weeds, and mounded up the border with mushroom soil. And since I have very little open space in which to plant, this seemed the perfect place to plant the fava bean starts.
I do not always follow the companion planting theory, but I read repeatedly that peas and beans DO NOT LIKE growing with the members of the allium family such as onions and garlic. That tenet I do respect, so it limits where I can put peas and beans in this plot since there are so many onions and garlic. This picture shows the cleaned up border area, with the fava beans planted at the top part of the bed, away from the garlic row at the bottom. While digging out the weeds, I came upon many nice grass clumps. They were headed for the compost pile, but I put them in the truck instead. They will be used to patch some bare areas in the lawn at home. Wish I had many more clumps.
Here you can see the beans a little more clearly. They are planted directly in the mushroom soil, so I hope that will not be a problem. The fava bean plants get to be a bush, easily two to three feet high. The aphids certainly like fava foliage and stems, but don't seem to be a big problem, as the volunteer ladybugs soon find the bed a great place to find tasty tidbits.
Ah, another spot not close to onions. This bed is for the english podded peas, name unknown as I had not labeled the bag of bulk seeds. Years ago I had sworn off growing podded peas, as they take a lot of space to get a worthwhile harvest. But I planted some two years ago to use up some seed, and they were sooo delicious when eaten raw like peanuts, that I was a convert. I will still plant some snap peas and snow peas, but the podded peas are worth some space.
|English Podded Peas, 3/21/2012|
These last two pictures were taken yesterday just for archive purposes:
The plants above are Tango Lettuce that overwintered without any protection. Where they were crowded, I dug out a plant or two and replanted them with more leg room. Yep, then added more mushroom soil as a side dressing.
This is a shot of one of the cold frames showing lettuce and tatsoi. Those few empty spots were filled in yesterday with new lettuce starts. And mushroom soil for good measure.