I had a bit of time before having to pick up my son so my daughter and I decided to start the black bean harvest. This is the first year we planted them. I had decided to plant them after Rich told me about the concerns of canned foods and the chemicals being leached into the food. Ick! I try to buy organic whenever I can but I was having trouble finding organic black beans that weren’t canned so I thought we would try to grow them this year.
Turned out to be very easy. After I planted them I waited. I get a little obsessive once I plant something because I worry whether or not they will grow. Grow these did. They shot out of the ground all of a sudden. In the morning I noticed them poking through by the end of the day they were nearly 2 inches tall!
They are ready to harvest when the pods are dry.
We only picked half so far because there were so many in the raised bed. The plants produce quite a bit which is nice.
Can’t wait until it’s cooler. We use black beans in our homemade chili. We also use them in our quesadillas.
Lovely! I tried growing a number of different soup beans this year without much success. I love black beans. I think I will try them next year. Sounds like they are very productive!
They really are. We set up our beds with lots of compost and garden organically but we get good results that way. Plus that bit of garden gets loads of sun.
Will you be posting a blog with black bean recipes?
Yes I will. It’s getting cooler now so I’ll be making our chili soon.
Great, I shall follow your blog!
Thank you so much! My blog is a mixture of gardening, cooking, and other bits that go along with that.
They are really interesting topics! Can’t wait!