DD, Tedln, thanks for the info.
It's always fun to try new things. I got curious because a lot of resources said to plant peas and
broadbeans first thing in spring. A funny contrast to planting the rest of the beans and
cowpeas/southern peas after the soil warms up (which I'm trying also
Black aphids were certainly bad. I wanted to to see what would happen, especially with so many aphid-related beneficial insects getting involved (Aphidiid wasp, ladybugs, hoverflies, praying mantis babies, even goldfinches and house finches), so didn't do anything to control them.
I have the Windsors planted in three locations.
(1) In one location, top 6" one of the bean plants have turned black and fallen over. Others are covered but still hanging on but are looking pretty bad. In fact, I haven't been able to spot any pods forming of these. This area gets hottest and driest, and
has the worst underlying clay soil, so the plants go through a great deal of stress.
(2) My NKG (New Kitchen Garden) where they are planted next to lemon balm (the bottom of the plants are completely obscured by the lemon balm) and also with Golden India pole snowpeas growing just a little taller, there are hardly any aphids. This location was planted first under plastic tent, and the beans are most developed. The plants are also tallest with some growing nearly 3 feet). This bed is in shade most of the early morning and in late afternoon and is in the drain field of the outdoor faucet so the soil tends to stay evenly moist. (Broadbeans are doing great, the peas are not, actually.)
(3) In the Kids' Garden, they are just starting to get aphids on them. Early morning shade but full sun for the rest of the day and it get a little dry sometimes. These are starting to pod as well.
I don't think they could overwinter around here though I might try that. For me, a lot of "overwinter" type gardening requires ridiculous efforts to protect the plants unless I have something really well-designed and thought out in place. It's a backburner project that I want to try at some point, but I'm not sure if I'll get to it this year. (Having said that, I'm currently looking for a used dog kennel or similar sturdy, constructed structure to use as a frame. I also scrounged some electrical metal conduit pipes with an idea that I might make something with them
Wish you were here to weld/whip something together for me, DD!
) How tall to they get in fall before winter?