Nitrogen fixing Fava beans.

4 May

I decided to harvest all my Fava beans as the plants were getting unruly. When I pulled them out of the soil, I found all these bumps on the roots. “Ugh” I thought. What kinda disease is this? Root knot? Fungus? Bacterial?

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So I placed it in the trash pile and considered keeping some of the healthier greens to mix back into the soil as I heard that beans are “nitrogen fixing”. Hmmm, what does this mean anyway? So I googled fava beans nitrogen fixing and found this site about nitrogen fixing nodules

I was so happy to discover those bumpy roots are supposed to be there and those were actually the functional part of the nitrogen fixation. So glad I didn’t read about it after I threw them out.

Here’s are my nodules, fava beans and shells. Harvest is kinda small but It’s is only from a six pack of plants. And it appears I harvested some a little early as the size of beans vary quite a lot. The shells were so thick and healthy. Seems like suck a waste to throw them out so I mixed it back into the soil too.

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