Garden BedsKale,Return Of The Neglected And How I start Pole Beans Early

Kale,Return Of The Neglected And How I start Pole Beans Early

Last summer I showed you how I harvest my kale with the cut and come again method, you can see that post here.

   Since I only cut some and left the plant I was able to keep harvest until a little after the first snowfall. Then because I had already cleaned out the rest of the garden beds I got lazy and just left the kale there. I figured I would just turn dead roots under when spring planting.

   Well I did the seed sowing the other day and look what I found when I went to turn the dead roots under.
I sowed some new rows of kale in the other bed before I got to this one so I will have plenty of kale for freezing this summer and I will be eating off these kale plants much earlier than the new seeds which is like a nice hug from mother nature this spring.



This is how I start my pole beans early. I like to direct sow the seeds in the garden rather than starting indoors and hoping they make it through the transfer to the garden.

   Since I live where most veggies can get frost bitten if you put them out before the end of May.   I give the beans their own mini greenhouses. I don’t know if you can see the condensation inside the juice bottles but it is there which helps to keep the soil damp so the beans can sprout.

   The other reason I use the juice bottles is that we have squirrels and chipmunks and both plague me with digging up my seeds, this prevents them from doing that. If we have a day that feel too warm I simply remove the caps for that day to let the seeds and or seedling breathe, then replace at night or when it gets cool again.

   I plant 3 beans in each little hill,put the bottle over, open the lids and add water. Then push the bottle down well into the wet soil. If the condensation totally disapears I open the caps and add a little water.  In a few weeks I will remove the bottles and hopefully remember to show you pictures of the pretty little bean plants.

pole beans


 UPDATE 5/21

Here are the little bean plants out of their green house and on the way to growing up.

green beans

Paige Raymond
Paige Raymond
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.

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