Gardening

Re: Gardening

PostBy: cokehead On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:49 pm

I'm thinking about planting Fava beans. They go good with a fine Chianti. They are quite large. I have soaked them in water but they haven't sprouted yet. I have read they need to go about 1 to 2 inches down when planted and don't put them on their side, but put them pointing up. Might sound like a dumb question but I'm not sure which end is up. I'm sure I will get no argument there! I'm thinking the dark spot goes down. I'm looking for confirmation or correction before I put them in the dirt. I'm a product of the suburbs, not a farmer. Have a lot to learn.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:19 pm

Seems like the longer I live, the less I know which end is up! AND--I am a farmer---Ohhh, you meant the beans--throw em in the ground & chuck some dirt on em--they'll either grow or not--there---a lesson in Freetown gardening my friend
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: cokehead On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:22 pm

freetown fred wrote:Seems like the longer I live, the less I know which end is up! AND--I am a farmer---Ohhh, you meant the beans--throw em in the ground & chuck some dirt on em--they'll either grow or not--there---a lesson in Freetown gardening my friend


So the next thing you know you will be telling me I don't need a micrometer to get the planting depth correct!
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:31 pm

Ohhh you Mystic guys. :clap: toothy
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:12 pm

Back in mid-may...That roto-tiller my grandpop bought in 1965 out of a sears catalog. Its a friggen animal! The silver queen is about up to my shoulders now.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Nice BOOTS your bride must be soo proud :P
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: SteveZee On: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:55 am

Cokehead, I've grown them (fava's) and enjoyed with some (ones') liver and a nice chianti :D myself. They are fairly easy to grow but are a pain in the butt to harvest. Well worth it though as they are super good eating (with some pasta, olive oil, garlic and good regiano parm) The chianti still works too. :P When you pick them the pods are large. make sure that you let the pods 'swell" as much as possible before you lick them. The pod is filled with what looks like cotton. After you shell them, they still have a "thin skin" sort of membrain on them that you sort of pop off after a par boil. But, after all that BS to get them, they seem to taste even better! Good luck with it.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: cokehead On: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:40 am

I put them in the ground after Freetown told me how it is done. One of them broke ground a few days ago. Still waiting for the others. The "seed" came from a organic food co-op bulk bin meant for eating not planting so I wasn't sure if they wound germinate at all.. I'm just playing around with it. I might transplant them into 5 gallon buckets with holes drilled in them for drainage so I can move them into the hoop house in the fall. I read it takes 100 day to harvest so time is short, even with the hoop house. Thank you sharing. Fava beans have been grown for at least 5000 years so there must be something good about them even if they are rarely eaten here and now.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: cokehead On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:15 pm

Pictures Edit....I just noticed under the leaf just under the Jelly Melon is a nymph of the Squash Lady Beetle. It is yellow with black spines.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:47 pm

Hey Anthony, I had a Sears tiller maybe a little newer than that one. I bought that tiller back in the day when ads were in newspapers. I offered the little old lady $65 for it. She got insulted and raised the price with my every word! I ended up paying $125 for it hahahhahaha I really wanted it. I sold it years later for $125.


I had a little business going rototilling local gardens. Some people wanted me to till an acre, or till up thick fertilized lawns, gave it up after a season or two. Turning over existing gardens was the easiest. Now I have a newer Sears that I am holding on to. That's a good unit too.


I would love the joy of a garden, but have concluded that tomatoes and produce are so cheap at the end of the summer; I'll just buy them. :shock:
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:56 pm

Dann757 wrote: I would love the joy of a garden, but have concluded that tomatoes and produce are so cheap at the end of the summer; I'll just buy them. :shock:


Hard to say this year... midwest is gettin hit hard by a nasty drought. This is my first garden, finding its not a difficult or time consuming task. Next year i doubt i will be planting 8 cucumber plants :sick:
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:29 pm

anthony7812 wrote:
Dann757 wrote: I would love the joy of a garden, but have concluded that tomatoes and produce are so cheap at the end of the summer; I'll just buy them. :shock:


Hard to say this year... midwest is gettin hit hard by a nasty drought. This is my first garden, finding its not a difficult or time consuming task. Next year i doubt i will be planting 8 cucumber plants :sick:


Just wait till you harvest some of the stuff you've grown. You'll absolutely feel like it's the best you've ever had and it is! Dunno why but just tastes allot better. Nothing beats organic grown tomatoes ripe off the vine, a slice of fresh crusty bread and a drizzle of good olive oil, little goat cheese, maybe some basil. Don't get much better for me. :lol: Cokehead you got quite a mix of eclectic stuff in your garden, looks like fun. I just pulled some carrots, an onion, garlic, a couple baby zuc's and some snap peas for a beef stir fry tonight! Gonna be good!

Love that old Tiller too! I have one called a Merry tiller similar to that and a big rear tine named A'Tilla as in the Hun ;) .
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:19 pm

Garden is slow this year due to too much cold and wet followed by too much dry dry dry. But what survived is finally producing. Thank goodness for that. :!: It's even getting hard to find a good farmers market -- either they sell organic goat brain cheese :sick: instead of veggies, or they picked their veggies three days ago and they're all dried out or ready to rot, or they bought it from somebody else who picked it five days ago. :mad: Out of six or seven roadside markets nearby there's only one I trust to have good stuff consistently.
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Re: Gardening

PostBy: SteveZee On: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:31 pm

rberq wrote:Garden is slow this year due to too much cold and wet followed by too much dry dry dry. But what survived is finally producing. Thank goodness for that. :!: It's even getting hard to find a good farmers market -- either they sell organic goat brain cheese :sick: instead of veggies, or they picked their veggies three days ago and they're all dried out or ready to rot, or they bought it from somebody else who picked it five days ago. :mad: Out of six or seven roadside markets nearby there's only one I trust to have good stuff consistently.


Bob, yep I hate that. I'm lucky up here as they have a strong organic sustained farming presence. Also it is well supported by the local markets too. They do make a consistent effort to support local growers. Crown of Maine is a good wholesaler of a large number of local farmers and producers. I probably spend too much at the weekly market for their stuff but I don't mind because anyone can bring in any largess they might have and it sells along side everything else. We fill out a weekly order sheet and then they have tables of first come first served stuff that is extras. Lots of great cheeses, several bakers, fruits and loads of veg, and they even have a couple of foragers that pick wild mushrooms, fiddleheads, and whatever is in season out there. The meats are pricy though and yep they got goat meat too! ;) This is stew meat though. :D
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