Beans, Beans, They’re Good For Your Heart

As promised, here is how my veggies are growing!

Like I said before, I decided to get extra nerdy this year to see what works best with growing vegetables.  To start, I took a few of each type of seed, and placed them in separate plastic bags with a damp paper towel.  I duct-taped these (because painters tape fell off in the heat last year) to the window so they could soak up the moisture in some sunshine.  One week later, most had started to sprout a little bit.  The big exception to this was the bell peppers.  I’m starting to understand why bell peppers cost about $7 each.

A week later (I had planned to do something with them earlier, but the week got away from me), I needed to get the seeds out, but we were expecting storms.  I pulled a few egg cartons from my recycling stash and decided to make good use of them.  We get amazing afternoon sun in our kitchen, so I filled four egg cartons with some of the soil mixture from the bed in the backyard.  This commenced what I called “driving my husband crazy by bringing dirt inside.”  I put the pre-sprouted seeds from the baggies into two of the egg cartons, and I put new seeds in the other two egg cartons.  The latter is serving as my sort of control group, but it isn’t very accurate since they were planted a week later.

Here are the initial plantings, with the pre-sprouted seeds on the left.  I even had the forethought to put the cartons onto a jelly roll pan so that they didn’t leak water all over the place.  If that’s not adulting at it’s finest, I don’t know what is.

Here is my fancy diagram, showing what I planted where: 

As you can see, the beans and cucumber had sprouted the most in the baggies.

So how are they doing?  I’m so glad you asked!  One week in, and look at the growth!

Those are pole beans at the very top of the picture, with bush beans right in front of them.  At the bottom left are the cucumbers.  Over to the right, you can see the baby dill and basil sprouts.

I’m obsessed with them.  I read this the other day and, while it aims to inspire perseverance in the midst of personal growth, it’s a beautiful description of what I’m witnessing in my kitchen daily:

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.  The shall cracks, its insides come out, and everything changes.  For someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” – Cynthia Occelli

Because the beans are the largest of my seeds, they have made it easiest to witness this process.  First, tiny sprouts begin forming.  Next, the bean begins to crack open, just a tiny bit.  It continues opening each day, pushing the skin off like a shell until it falls off completely.  Then, before you know it, boom! It’s grown six inches taller and has numerous leaves.

I was playing around with a macro lens earlier and snapped a few close ups of my babies to share.  If you have any photography skills whatsoever, please forgive my novice .

Here is one of the pole beans opening up to release some leaves. You can see the white skin being shed in the background.

This is one of the bush beans starting to shed its brown skin before opening up.  You can see the beginning of leaves forming just inside.

One last non-macro shot because the sun is shining and glorious! 

Soon these beauties will be transplanted outside where I can get them a trellis to support them.  Is anyone else starting their gardens yet?  Any recommendations?


  • Libby

    April 10, 2017

    I would so gladly read a daily 5,000 word post about your vegetable garden. It’s up there on my list of things: “this is wildly therapeutic for me to read about.” Glad there are sprouts and progress!!!

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