I read somewhere that fava is sometimes planted under grape vines in Italy, so I tried that this year and they are loving it under the tall canopy of the grape vines. The grapes are planted against a cinder block wall that likely radiates some heat through the night as well. The fava pods are growing absolutely huge.This is such a great thread title @Zeedman. If I had a gardening motto, that would probably be it.
I'll be surprised if you have trouble with the favas; when we had a week of that nearly 90 F weather awhile ago my Fingerprint favas wilted during mid day but perked all up by late afternoon, when the heat began to lessen. Do you get really extended periods of 90F+ weather like that? I plant mine in areas where I know they will get a bit of shade for part of the day. Maybe that helps.
Can't agree with you more! I think we have to respect plants, other creatures, and nature. None of them is born to be controlled or managed by us.Lessens learned for me (from observations and experience) are that plants and trees have good years and bad years for inexplicable reasons (at least I don't know the reasons why - the plants alone know), that raised beds are good protection against slugs (not complete protection but definitely helpful), that diversity is key to a healthy forest, and that garden art is never permanent. I agree - great thread title!
We had a very unusual late Spring hard freeze here in northern New England USA this year that damaged the blossoms on apple trees. It damaged the apple crop this year which was devastating for orchard growers.We don't have late frost this year, but most of the fruit trees (also in neighbors' gardens) didn't have flowers, and of course, very very few fruits were set. Maybe it's a bad year, or a year they need to take a rest.