As we learn how to farm, every day brings new lessons, surprises and moments that make us laugh. The past 4 months have been interesting, challenging and more fun that we ever imagined possible.
We have found an endless source of wisdom at our local feed store, the farm-focused books from the library are on constant rotation through the house and we have expanded our dreams to include a small herd of cows, growing grains and we’ve even discussed the possibility of a horse!!
Yup, it really is the adventure of a lifetime.
Himself planted beans as soon as he got the keys to the house but really had no idea what he planted. In my city-girl head, he had planted yummy French-style green beans. You know, the ones you steam or saute quickly. Well, I was wrong.
He walked in with a handful of long gnarly looking “beans” yesterday and as I pulled them apart, we realized we had grown beans!! As in kidney beans. You know, the ones you use for chili, need to soak and have a reputation for making you fart!!
We love legumes (or pulses, as Mum used to call them) and I often use them in salads, soups and of course, Indian meals. I honestly never thought about how they grew but now I know. They simply grow.
Maybe I need to do lots of more reading (Yes, I definitely do) to learn the basics. I mean, how could someone not know that kidney beans came out of the shell as, well, kidney beans? Yes, they do need to dry out but there is no process as such; they simply dry hard and then we can use them.
I think the most delightful part of the bean harvest is how bloody gorgeous they are. I don’t think I have ever seen such beautiful colorful beans. I’ll let you know how they taste in a later post. (BTW, they are called black-speckled kidney beans!!)
Growing vegetables is easy, start with something easy, like beans or tomatoes, in a pot and watch nature do its thing. The stems will grow tall, the leaves will fill in and finally there will be a harvest. It really is that simple but think of the impact it will have on your life, your health and the world around you. When was the last time you had a minutes-picked tomato or strawberry?
I’m telling you, these small steps are changing the world, one bean (and one city-girl willing to learn) at a time. Please join the revolution 🙂