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Aphids on Fava Beans attract beneficial insects

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Maria uses her macro lens to close in on our Fava Beans, which are covered in black aphids. Instead of reporting a bad news story, she points out all the beneficial insects dining on the aphids and shows us a bucket of ripe beans that survived despite the pest attack. Later she turned the harvested beans into a delicious Fava Bean humous.

More on Fava Beans here.

1 comment

1 jkieft { 07.14.09 at 5:45 am }

Great article! You really have got to keep a food source around for your beneficial bug buddies. Growing ‘trap’ species that are thought of as problems plants by new gardeners is always a good idea.
Keep the growing knowledge growing!