David Livingston wrote:What's the difference between these beans ? I notice that real seed co differentiate and say that Fava beans cannot be grown where I live http://www.realseeds.co.uk/runnerbeans.html
whilst I notice on the salts spring catalogue they do not differentiate between them https://www.saltspringseeds.com/collections/fava-or-broad-bean-seeds-vicia-faba
Burra Maluca wrote:I just found this too, from here.
John Saltveit wrote:I can't figure out what "common beans" are.
pusang halaw wrote: I have not had any success growing any legume - they never germinate and either dry up or rot in my grow trays or mini pots.
They must be or I just haven't figured out how to do it properly yet. I've tried Philippine Lima beans, mung beans; kidney beans and some varieties of local peas. India supplies much of the legumes all over Asia and I suspect most imported beans I buy here in Manila have been irradiated or chemically treated not to germinate. Also, I still have to try sprouting them in water before planting but I'm afraid they might persih in the heat and humidity.
Philipp Mueller wrote:I can just assume that your seeds are to old or otherwise spoilt.
This is what i would suspect, too. Are there no local farmers or markets, where you could get seeds? if you just leave them in a shallow dish submerged in water for 24h and then keep them moist, it is almost impossible to keep them from sprouting.
pusang halaw wrote: I suspect most imported beans I buy here in Manila have been irradiated or chemically treated not to germinate.
The main weekend farmers market in the city is a 30 minute walk from here but even the seeds I get there aren't always good. I'm sure I could source proper beans to sow if I looked hard enough but I spend too much time on what I'm currently growing and hate traveling more than 5km (Manila traffic is some of the worst on earth). I figure I'll get my hands on the 'good stuff' sooner than later - until then I'll keep trying with the stuff available nearby.
Philipp Mueller wrote:Are there no local farmers or markets, where you could get seeds? if you just leave them in a shallow dish submerged in water for 24h and then keep them moist, it is almost impossible to keep them from sprouting.
Stacy Witscher wrote:Butter beans are lima beans. I much prefer fava beans and am very lucky that they grow really well here. I find lima beans to be much starchier than favas. I use favas like others use shelling peas.
Polly Oz wrote:I notice no one is mentioning lupin/lupini beans, another 'corner navel' one. Tedious prep but delicious brined, a great bar snack. Is anyone growing them?