Re: [gardeners] This weekend

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sat, 28 Feb 1998 10:45:35 -0700

>The fava beans were an experiment that won't be repeated I'm afraid. Takes
>240 days to full maturity and we can grow two or three crops of other beans
>and peas in that time. In addition the favas have to be shelled twice, once
>to get rid of the outer pod and again for the inner pod. Time consuming for
>what you end up with. It's back to the good old Amurican beans and peas for
George, you must have gotten the longest running fava bean seeds in the
world.  Abundant Life has six varieties, ranging from 65 to 100 days to
maturity.  They're frost resistant, so I tried growing them very early in
the spring a couple of years ago.  Interesting blossoms.  Pods had just
been set when I noticed that overnight, all were pouting as if they'd been
sprayed with a herbicide.  Tiny little punctures in every seed pod.  Have
no idea what they were, just yanked out the crop.  

>Picked up some T-posts the other day and will be driving them and hanging
>the nylon netting on them today plus another round of tilling and will be
>putting the Tumbler tomatoes in their hanging baskets today. Will probably
>hang the baskets in my "greenhouse" for another week and then hang them
>around the eves of the house where they will get afternoon sun all summer.
>What's cooking in everyone's gardens right now?

There's nothing like a blanket of snow to squelch thoughts of early garden
planting.  All through Jan and early Feb our temps were above normal, then
about a week ago, nighttime temps dropped to below normal, and they're in
the mid to low 20s at night.  Takes a looong time to warm up to 40 the next
day.  Still have bunching onions and leeks in the garden, but it's going to
be quite a while until the garden dries out sufficiently to rototill it.
That's all right.  I've got a lot of garden cleanup to do.  Margaret