Friday, October 17, 2014

Sneaky Velvet Beans!

A few months ago I had planted some velvet bean seeds which quickly grew into monster vines.  I pulled them all up since they were strangling my new sunchoke plants.

Or so I thought...

These sneaky little devils were hiding in my sunchokes, tucked in along my chicken run cage!  I was checking on my Roselle when I spotted these.

The Roselle, as I suspected, is flowering!  Yay!  It's so tall I didn't bother trying to take pictures.  I'm going to need to use a step ladder to get the calyxes off!

My Roselle isn't very attractive, it's just a giant stalk with leaves very close to the stalk. I'm definitely going to pinch off the top when I grow these again to see if I can force it to make more of a bush.

Finding these bean pods was a good reminder that I want to plant some of these where I don't need to worry about collateral damage.  They're nitrogen fixers and I can let them go, chop them down, and let them do their thing again.

But first I need to complete my garden because some of these seedlings aren't waiting any longer:

I'm going to have to put these in the ground today if they're going to survive. Right now in fact, since we leave for Sarasota in 2 hours!  So much to do, so little time...

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