Washington state gardeners plant fava beans (Vicia faba) as a cover crop in early October. Cover crops make use of soil that would otherwise be idle. They prevent soil erosion and restore depleted nutrients. As legumes, fava beans add nitrogen to the soil.
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A freelance writer, Judy Wolfe has owned Prose for the Pros, a freelance writing business, since 2006. She's been an inveterate traveler since 1961 and draws on her travel experiences to provide articles for such websites as Chincoteague Island Vacations and Berlin Dude. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from California State University at Pomona.