We were thrilled when the first blossoms appeared at our el Centro demonstration garden and over-the-top jumping up and down excited when we spied the first tiny slender pod. That honor went to the variety known as Bingo. Ever since things have been speeding along with the flamboyant Firetongue and the calm, pale Yellow Wax beans coming along nicely.
It has been so interesting to hear what folks have to say when they meet us watering. Most seem to be big bean fans, even our shortest neighbors. We try to tell them all that these beans are free for the picking. On Wednesday evening we'll be doing our first picking for presentation to El Centro for their generous use of the 24 planters around their parking lot, and most importantly, the water that sustains the beans. For a city kid, a very interesting aspect is meeting a soybean up close.
If your regular route swings you by The Station for a beverage, check out the progress of the bean line back by the patio. They are growing fast and we really need to jump on a support system. Luis solved a big problem for us by saving milk jugs so we'd have a way to transport water along Beacon Ave to water the Boulevard of Beans.
Speaking of the BoB, we were surprised that five of our deployed pots seemed to find new homes overnight. Such is the nature of growing food in public. Luckily we have replacements in place with a bit of a security system. We hope our former Beacon beans are happy in their new homes and are being tended with love.
We continue to work with the teens at Jefferson Community Center. They helped erect Beanhenge, a demonstration of bean growing in back of the center. Thanks to Hello Bicycle for providing the topnotch for our installation. And thanks to neighbor Michael and his friend Harley for doing the design and fabrication of the support structure--we may need Engine 13's ladder for the harvest. Signs coming very soon. Scarlet runners are blooming now--how long till the first hummingbird is sighted?
Martha Baskin writer for Crosscut and reporter for Green Acre Radio visited last week, we look forward to her impressions of our project and we'll post links here.
We are finalizing details for a free bean preservation workshop with Seattle Parks, and will announce the date here.