Last year, when I planted fava beans I had a lot of butterflies and bees enjoying the flowers. This year, the fava have grown taller than myself and they’re loaded with bright red ladybugs. As most gardeners know, ladybugs are a friend in the garden. They eat unwanted insects and I believe they collected on the favas to eat aphids. Fava beans fix nitrogen into the soil through little nodules in their roots. You can’t go wrong with using favas as a “cover crop.” Of course you can eat the fava beans as well.
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