Fava beans are finally up

Have you ever grown Fava beans? I haven't but after my sister used them to make a delicious hummus-like dip last summer, I decided to add them to our veggie garden.

The seeds came from Ed Hume Seeds where they are described as a "cool weather broad bean." The packet said to plant them in early spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. That seemed so early to me, since I'm used to planting pole beans in mid to late May.

I decided to plant them on Apr. 3rd, the day before I left on my trip to Hawaii. As you know, up until a few days ago, the temperatures have been bitterly cold so I was certain the seeds had either rotted in the ground or given up trying to germinate!

But lo and behold, they started sprouting a couple of days ago. They look quite different from regular bean seedlings, don't they? (you can click on the photo to view a larger version of it)

I'm excited to see how they do and will keep you posted. I don't know about you, but I sure enjoy trying new things!