It is hard to believe the vast variety of foods we can grow in Prince Edward Island zone 5b. Here are a few pictures of some crops we are going....far left top - Fava Beans flowering, next top middle is quinoa, bottom far left is flowering buckwheat, next in bottom middle is flax and then the big picture to the right is of a peanut plant....cool, eh. I'm feeling pretty confident I'll have crops from the fava beans and buckwheat, likely even the quinoa and flax....the peanuts though, not as sure of, we will see.
This is my favourite time of year in gardening....when everything starts to grow. Pictured at the far left are fava beans or some people call them broad beans, great eating fresh and green just like peas, sautéed with garlic and onions or dried and good for making falafels combined with chick peas.
A new to us crop this year is buckwheat pictured top right. This is the first time I've seen it grow and it is looking pretty neat so far. You will notice I have it put right up against the raised bed edge...that is because I'm growing it to keep the wireworms from my carrots, turnips and other root crops. I'll let you know if this works! Article- Reduced-risk Wireworm Management.
The bottom left picture shows buckwheat around the perimeter, turnip and onions (great companion for turnips) in the centre rows in a raised bed. Amazing how much you can put in a raised bed.
Finally, the bottom right picture is our snap peas...envisioning the stir-fries now! More pictures as more interesting crops show themselves.
Tracey Allen loves to research, learn and write on all topics to do with gluten-free cooking, whole food cooking, saving, sustainable living and living life to the fullest.