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Bean and sesame update

Garbanzo flower and fruit

Urd bean podRemember how I told you that the deer ate our experimental beans?  It turns out I spoke too soon. 

I finally took a close look at our garbanzos and saw that they were liberally sprinkled with tiny pink flowers that are swelling into balloon-like fruits.

Meanwhile, our urd beans bounced right back and are now decked out in the fascinating pods to the left.  I assume I should leave both beans on the plant until they dry out, so I'm just watching them grow at the moment.

Another experimental crop also seems to be doing well --- our sesame.  Several of the plants have oddly twisted leaves that I suspect is the result of some sort of pathogen, but they're blooming and setting pods anyway.  It looks like at least three of this year's experimental crops will be successful.

Sesame flowers and pods

Try something new in your chicken coop this summer --- a homemade chicken waterer that provides clean water for your chickens.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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