I thrive on beans of all different sorts! Since going to a plant-based (vegan) eating plan, beans have become even more important to me than before, even after liking them my whole life of 60 years.
Beans are cheap! Even so, they are so easy to grow that it seems like it just has to become a part of my gardening plans to grow them myself. This ensures me that they are grown organically and fresher from soil to fork.
Last weekend, on my backyard garden conversion project, I cleared out an area on my fenceline to start my “bean bed.” Voila:
I have some old fence posts already in place from a previous dog run we had. I will use these posts this weekend to string with some kind of wire mesh so the vine beans can climb. I need to pull some weeds and plenty of organic matter to the bed to prepare the soil for the babies I sprouted this week.
Aside from the indoor sprouting method I’ve used for awhile, I decided to sprout some beans in soil, some of which will be used for eating immediately, and others to provide plants for my new bean bed.
I made use of some of the clamshell packaging that many of my “bought” fruits and veggies come in. I feel really great about saving this for something useful now. They have built-in drainage, and each clamshell provides you with TWO planting beds by cutting the top off the packaging. The shallow side (the top) is PERFECT for “no-soil” sprouting, using paper towels to lock in the moisture.
I chose among the beans I have in my pantry: mung, adzuki, and lentil. Here are some pictures of the sprout preparation:
I don’t have finished product pictures yet, but will harvest most of the eating sprouts this weekend. My starter plants are coming along well. I will transplant them into small containers for a couple of weeks before planting in my new bean bed.
It’s late in the traditional growing season, but, this is Texas, and we don’t have freezing temps, usually, until late October, and they are usually mild until mid-November at the earliest. I should get some harvest by the time the colder temps come into play.