I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Aquadulce Fava Bean Seed
Aquadulce Fava (79 days)
The standard fava for greens, green beans, shelled green beans and dried beans. This is a delicious meaty Italian staple. I first "discovered" Aquadulce when traveling in France. Eat the beans when young as a green bean or dried in soups.
Favas add tons of fantastic nitrogen to your soil without the use of nasty chemical fertilizers. Plant them in the fall, enjoy the blooms, but chop them into the soil before they produce a bean for maximum nitrogen fixing. That's it. Now you're ready to plant your hungry nitrogen plants like corn come summer!
Aquadulce has been hardy for us down to about 19 degrees. February is the time to plant if your "West of the Cascades". We also fall plant. Fava's don't care for extremely hot weather so treat them like you would cabbage.
My 1913 copy of California Vegetables by Wickson says "A broad bean, chiefly grown by Portuguese in the San Francisco Bay region; hardy and prolific, making free winter growth where frosts are light; sometimes in demand for the debasement of coffee".