I missed the Bluebonnet Moon, so here's an update on my garden to show how it's been coming along in the two months since I last posted. A lot happens this time of year.
They are pretty close, but I think it turns out I like Aquadulce better. It seems to have longer pods with more beans per pod, which makes shelling easier. The Broad Windsor has more pods, but several that only have 1 or 2 beans each. Aquadulce is from Spain, and Broad Windsor is from England, so I wonder if Aquadulce does better in warmer temperatures. On the other hand, I'm not sure yet if I will end up getting more beans total from BW than Aquadulce since they're still producing.
Broad Windsor is by far the most common fava variety. In many catalogs it's the only fava they have. Carol Deppe suggests that when doing a trial of a standard variety vs. a rarer variety, if they come out pretty equal, or even if the standard is only slightly better than the rare variety, you should grow the rare variety to preserve more genetic diversity. So in this case I think I will order more Aquadulce next year. There really is only a slight difference between the two varieties.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
My dad lost his battle with cancer last week, which is why I missed posting a garden update for the last full moon and the spring equinox. That was around when he took a turn for the worse and was hospitalized, and he only lived a few more days after that. I was able to travel up to the DFW area to be with him when he died, so I'm grateful for that.
While all this was happening, the irises my mother-in-law gave me about two years ago finally bloomed, and the bluebonnets are out in full force. As you can see from the picture, the irises are so heavy with flowers we had to stake them up. It seems strange for him to die in the midst of all this new spring life. The spring equinox is usually one of my favorite times of year.