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Old 05-27-2010, 09:23 PM   #21
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That bean your frieind picked was about 5" long! I was there - remember? lol I am telling you reading this, Aunt Bean has a green thumb (two of them!). It has been dry as a bone here. and is she organized ? She has her various vegetables plotted out on a map and the view is absolutely stunning at her farm. She will most likely have a huge harvest of fava beans - you should see all of the blossoms. (I think she must be sneaking fertilizer on that garden - lol I'm kidding, but it is good soil. Most soil here is more like a mix of Georgia clay, but where she lives is rich looking. (It was probably a former cow pasture - that helps.

At any rate, I hope to help you, Aunt Bean, to get someone to seriously look at the research you have been doing (living research). But first, let's get those beans!

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Old 05-28-2010, 12:40 PM   #22
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Picked the first harvest this morning and some of them were already as big around as my thumb with a pretty good bean in them. Have about a quart and a half of young ones steamed and in Pat's freezer. The larger ones are about to be juiced raw.(.like the man sells now from international gourmet co. ) We'll see how that goes. Will keep you all posted on the results from this year's experiments with the favas. My friend is already ten times better today than yesterday...very noticeable improvement in movement and mood. I think it meant alot for her to pick the very first bean of the season...like throwing out the first ball at a game! It has been difficult for her since we ran out of fresh beans...she learned to depend on them last year (like I depend on the tincture now)
Thanks for sharing the moment yesterday Peg!
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:29 AM   #23
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Picked the first harvest this morning and some of them were already as big around as my thumb with a pretty good bean in them. Have about a quart and a half of young ones steamed and in Pat's freezer. The larger ones are about to be juiced raw.(.like the man sells now from international gourmet co. ) We'll see how that goes. Will keep you all posted on the results from this year's experiments with the favas. My friend is already ten times better today than yesterday...very noticeable improvement in movement and mood. I think it meant alot for her to pick the very first bean of the season...like throwing out the first ball at a game! It has been difficult for her since we ran out of fresh beans...she learned to depend on them last year (like I depend on the tincture now)
Thanks for sharing the moment yesterday Peg!
Busy couple of days...picked young favas for an hour and a half last nite again...now there are about 2 1/2 gallon of them in the freezer. Dug a camp fire pit this morning and landscaped an area around it for our PD Support Group picnic coming up on the 15th.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:08 PM   #24
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Just an Update on the farm. We have had horribly dry, hot weather,,, and I am amazed that anything is still growing. I catch rain water from the barn and have only watered those plants that have wilted leaves. I harvested more fava tops last nite (though there were not near as many as on previous pickings) Found a few beans this morning, also. Just ordered 5 pounds of Windsor Favas from Fedco Seed Company to plant the end of July or first of August...pray that we will have cooler temperatures (90's are just not good for favas,) and pray for rain here in east TN.
The fava tincture is still working well for me and is all I use for PD.....though an occasional meal of favas/ onions/garlic/squash stirfried is mighty tastey. I still consider the beans a treat, although they do give me extra support and I really feel better after eating a meal of them. Now the project at hand is to get more ground worked up and have a load of compost brought it, with the drought conditions we have been having...I want to put a handful of compost with every seed to give them a better chance of survival in Aug & September and hopefully up into December or January, Lord willing.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #25
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Quick update. We are still having hot/ dry weather , but things are still growing. I only water a plant if it wilts over. I have started planting favas, a few seeds at a time in places that have been worked up. Received 4 lbs Wiindsor Favas (the last of Fedco Seed Company's stock a couple of days ago. This morning, was blessed to find a health food store who will try to order me a 25 lb bag of fava seed. They are to call back if it is available. God has blessed this venture so much and every day seems to bring more surprises. I will start making plantings in long rows again the last week of JUly. Pray for rain...we sure could use some. I have the ground prepared to transplant about 80 asparagus that were started from seed this year. We are enjoying zuchini, yellow squash, greeen beans, cabbage, onions and new potatoes right now, besides the delicious fava beans. It has been alot of hard work, but "oh it's so good" as Mr FOOD would say.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:38 PM   #26
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had an idea of where I could plant some and have them inside in winter so would have a supply..

How tall are the plants and how far apart to they have to be. My son raised lizards and they are all gone now sooo I have (2) reptile that are 4foot x 2 foot x 2foot and (1) 4'x2'x1.5' ..though maybe I could grow the plants indoors in the tanks. We have all the "sunlight" bulbs to use as "grow lights" since the lizards had to have them...

What do you think... will it work or not???
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #27
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Hi The plants can be anywhere from 3 foot to five foot tall depending on the variety. Most of the ones I have grown needed to be staked and tied(like a tomatoe) I think they would be a bit large for aquariums, but I guess you could try planting 2 plants in an aquarium. It would be an interesting experiment. I am hoping to maybe "borrow" the greenhouses near us that are not being used to grow some this winter. THere was nothing planted in them this winter ...just full of very tall, dried up grasses. That would be an experiment just to be able to harvest tops for tincture.(..without bees or some sort of polinator, there will be no beans). That would be a consideration for you also...growing indoors could produce plants (and tops to harvest & dry for tincture) but no beans. It depends what you wish to produce wether it is worth trying it.
We are still in drought conditions here, but, I have transplanted 100 asparagus plants in a very long row, and still have baby plants left from starting them from seed around Easter outside in old window cold frames. Just started a seed bed with alot of echinacea, also brocoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflour, and herb seeds. This weekend , I hope to plant a couple pounds of fava seeds in the garden area my 85 yr old dad just plowed up a couple of weeks ago...he's amazing! I have just strained off my first batch of fava tincture (what I am using for my symptoms) It makes me feel better to know that there is a 6 month or more supply of it on hand now. The supply was getting pretty low.
The long row of Sunflowers are amazing & full of bees. Wish you all could see them.
God is good and supplys our needs.....Blessings to you all
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:15 AM   #28
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Planted approx 425 fava seeds that I'd soaked and were starting to sprout on Monday. (It was the last Farmers Almanac day to plant above ground crops til up into August. ) Weather forecasters were calling for rain Monday & Tues for our area....and it did rain all around us, not on the farm. I tried to carry water out and "row water" by watering can..but that is hard when it is long rows with no plants up yet...so it could have been an effort in futility, the ground was so dry. We finally received some rain on Wed nite, which refilled my rain barrels around the barn. Thursday morning I hurried and refilled my gallon jugs back up (my rain stash). I also am trying to transplant some of the old spring fava plants that are resprouting new life from the bottom at this time...taking out a few short rows so we can plow up that area...I had an initial plan in my head where to plant what when we started the plowing in April , but things got planted wherever the ground was half ready because the seeds were going in so late (Favas like cool weather!)Now I am trying to redo the garden area according to the original plan,,,One-third of the area in perrenials/herbs/strawberries/blueberries/asparagus/raspberries/blackberries,etc. The other two-thirds in crop rotation.
I have been on the fava tincture since the end of October, which makes it a full nine months now. Still doing well. I plan to go get a blood draw at "Any Blood Test Now"
It is a place where you don't have to have a doctor's request and they will send the results to you....pretty cool! Anyway, I want a CBC to see if the fava tincture has changed anything in comparison to the one I have from 2003. My daughter is a nurse practitioner and we can discuss any out of range findings over the phone (if there are any). I feel we should take responsibility for our own health and not depend so much on doctors. All of us are different and you know yourself better than the doctor....I'd rather be my own guinee pig/do my own research and find what works for me...for free!
Our grape viines are starting ripen out, and I'd like to find out how to make grape seed extract. Also, the chicory plants are blooming profusely every morning and I want to try making flower essence with them...lots to do Blessings to all Aunt Bean
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:10 AM   #29
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Aunt Bean, I love reading your posts. Thank you so much - and continued good luck to you and your bean crops!

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I have been eating about a 1/4 cup of fava beans (canned ones from Progresso) as they are the only ones I can find. But the tremors and jerking of my leg have calmed some. Dr. poo pooed it as I started on the beans about same time as the Keppra I was on would have been cleaned out of my system. I had went 11 days without a major cramping spell from the myoclonus... so to see if it was just being off the keppra or if the favas had a part I quit the favas and my leg started going again like before...so I am back on fava beans and I dont care how silly my doctor thinks I am.
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