Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Allure of the Bean

Beans are my favorite to grow in the garden. Why?
Because, quite honestly, they are easy and attractive, as well as being an excellent all around food source. They come in every color, size, and use.
They can be used fresh, frozen or dried. They are easy to dry....just let nature do her thing, wait for them to dry on the vine. They become a brown papery thing...that's when you can pick them.
I harvested the large portion with Hubby this past week, let the basket sit until I had time to sit and shell them. Which is also easy......



After about 20 mins of shelling I gained a 1/2 cup of beans.
No, it isn't a great deal of beans....but when you consider the tiny amount of plants growing and some of the pods held 9 beans each...not bad.
Now, these beans can be used for seed next year or be put into a soup....just the right amount of beans for a pot of soup....
Why go to the trouble??
Well, yes, you could go to the store and buy beans in a can or dried beans in a bag. However, these beans are organic....grown from seed from last year and some from another company that was organic.
There is something rewarding about growing your own food and collecting the seed at the end. The whole process is rewarding....
But now, I have added just one more thing.....
I ground up the pods in the Vitamix and poured the bean pod "flour" into the raised bed....
I don't have one of those "chipper/shredder" machines for the garden...I truly could use one, but adding the "flour" back into the soil helps the soil too....

All that is the allure of the bean...
How many bean plants and varieties do you grow??
Maybe we can share seed?
Nancy

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