|Berries and rhubarb.... pie time!|
|some seed from last year- "farro" quinoa and runner beans|
Other beans in the ground this year: Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Beans, Vermont Cranberry, Tepary, Lazy Housewife, Bumble Bee and Ireland Creek Annie. The last two are bush varieties.
My intent, as with most crops I get obsessed with, is to find out if its possible to grow the amount needed to sustain the household's-- in this case, bean intake-- until next years crop.
|Onion harvest drying. harvest: approx 100 onions for 50 sq ft. Planted Dec, harvested May.|
A few thoughts...
Considering energy of growing it somewhere else- transportation, dubious growing means, etc, vs growing it at home- what are the crops you can grow at home- and not have to spend much energy on growing, or limited resources (like water), and be able to make a significant impact by growing your household's needs worth of, for the year? Quinoa was a favorite here because of its very low water needs, and needs in general, as a crop. Add to that the yummy nutritious greens (20 percent protein content) and high yield of seed per plant (as much as a cup!) I was smitten.
And then the thought of how to use space wisely. In my scarlet runner bean planting I've been trying to put them places where I already water, and where there are already things for them to climb on- buildings, fences, etc. And hopefully, there will be benefits (like curtains, and less energy to move hose or less water needed) to reap from smart placement...
Coming soon, Hugelkulture!
And here's just a fun picture of the oven which got some maintenance recently after a little bit of winter rain damage. I think if we made maintenance more fun and creative, it would be easier to do, don't you think?