Why Everyone Should Be Growing Beans In Their Back YardIt's a funny thing when you start looking at the cost of eating each meal... especially when you realize that we are eating out so much that it's killing our cash flow. Have you ever really sat down and thought about how much we spend on food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? If your house is like mine, it's a attrocious. I mean it's just crazy. We're eating biscuits at Hardees... ok, wait,
But what are you going to put in your garden? Do you really want to eat tomatoes every day? Is it really possible to grow your own food and have enough to feed everyone? Are you going to have to have the same three vegetables every day? Oh, and you don't want to eat watermelon every day either. You really want to go back to Taco Bell and forget you even had such a dumb idea. But that's when
So why is it that we don't have our own beans in our yards? It's a good question. I've heard it said that beans can be hard to grow. It's true. I've had all out war with bunny rabbits who will cut down a fresh row of beans in one afternoon. Rabbits can be a terrible pest when growing certain vegetables. But I have to tell you that you should never give up. If one person can grow them, so can you. For me, it was just a matter of changing where I grew them... I.E. a place where there are natural predators that like rabbits... Yes it's sad to say it, but beans grow well where rabbits have to run. And as far as soil conditions go, beans are pretty forgiving. There needs to be a good bit of natural fertilizer and your soil should be well drained. Personnally, I prefer bush beans so that I don't have to erect structures for bean vines to grow on. That being said, fresh green beans are worth the trouble of erecting a structure for beans to climb on. Then there are the black beans. For me, these are the holy grail of the beans. Why? Well let's just say this. I dare you to mix some black beans, kidney beans and brown/baked beans together in a dutch over. Add some diced tomato chillies and sugar and smoke them beans. You just go on an try it. Come back to me and then let's talk about it. There's just so many ways to eat beans, it's not even funny. Beans are nutritious, versatile, tasty, and fun to grow.
So, the next time you go out in your back yard, ask yourself, why don't I have any beans?