It’s been a while since we’ve let you peek into our garden and like a small child, it’s growing so quickly! Unfortunately a number of veggies we planted never came up, or didn’t last long when they did. But we’re still happy to have a variety of good produce in there like lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and these black beans below.
Because we’re in the season of intense summer heat, it’s unusual that we started our garden when we did. So we added a protective layer of media sombra (half shade) to help our veggies thrive (or at least survive). The media sombra is the black material that’s acting as a sort of roof to part of our garden.
Just this last week we picked a bunch of the black beans and used them in a delicious stir fry. I’m pretty sure knowing they were our own made it that much tastier!
And honestly I’ve never seen beans inside their pod before. When I wanted to get beans at the source I’d buy dry beans instead of the ones in the can. It’s interesting seeing the full circle of life.
Another addition is a little herb garden we created out of plastic pop and water bottles. The sad truth is that pretty much everything, including plastic, gets burned around here. It was incentive to try and repurpose some of those items. First we cut out the top of each bottle, leaving the spout fully in tact. Then Isaiah used a hot nail to punch holes in the bottom for water drainage as well as two holes on each end of the bottle to string twine through.
Next we filled the four bottles with half dirt, half compost and planted one type of seed in each: basil, hot chili peppers, oregano, and thyme. It’s been less than a week and the basil and thyme are already peeking up.
We hung our two contraptions just outside our house for easy access when we’re cooking away. And they’re protected by a roof so hopefully don’t get burned out by the hot sun because I would really enjoy some fresh basil soon!
Have you grown some of your own food? Repurposed old pop bottles? Anyone else not know how a fresh bean looked?