Monday, March 24, 2008

It lives! (and bears fruit)


Have I ever mentioned that I think not having a garden really stinks? Maybe I have not said it here, but I say it a lot, and think it even more often. I hate not having a yard and garden. How is a nature-based spiritual type supposed to live without some nature? Ah well, I am trying to teach our kids a bit about plants and respect for life through what we can grow in the apartment and on the extremely-shallow balconies. In addition to the basic life cycle of seeds, plants, fruit, and more seeds, we try to teach the kids to respect plants as living creatures. I think we've had some success as Honor recently told me about instructing her pre-K classmates not to pluck leaves off of the bushes and trees as, "it's not nice".
Today, I noticed that we had another little success to get excited about. Our bean plant, the lone survivor of six that we started from beans from a dry soup mix, a plant that I thought had been doomed by a cold snap, has not only managed to survive, but has produced a little baby bean. Not much of a meal in the making, but at least the kids think it is very cute!

2 comments:

Christine said...

That is cool! Are you guys going to eat it?

Connie said...

Hopefully it will survive and grow - it's only an inch and a half now! I do not think the spindly little plant will give more than this. I was surprised to see the one. Yes, I think I will cook it up (or not) and let the kids eat it. Maybe we will save a couple of the beans and replant. :-)