Beans Are Up

pole-bean-plants

Exciting things are happening down at our allotment. Last week I planted pole bean seeds, and within seven days young plants were emerging from the earth.

I haven’t grown anything from seed for a few years; everything else I planted at the allotment was purchased as small plants.

garden

I’d forgotten the pleasure I derive from the first sighting of shoots. I marveled at this simple example of nature doing its thing and immediately texted “Beans are up” to Dan and included a photo.

Last week, before planting the beans I did what I could to ensure they got off to a good start. I covered the beans with water and placed them in the sun. I know that pre-soaking encourages earlier germination.

pre-soaking-beans

Placing them in the sun was my own idea. I figured the sun’s warming rays might also help speed things up and certainly couldn’t do any harm. Within an hour the beans had started to swell and outgrow their skins.

pre-soaking-beans

I am looking forward to harvesting our first produce grown from seed in a few weeks time. Meanwhile, I’ve already lined up what seeds I want to sow in late summer for a fall harvest.

seeds

live. enjoy. repeat.

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