Legumes: Why They are the Planets Best Friend
Have you been getting green-fingered in the garden or become a windowsill botanist? During the last few months sales in seeds and bulbs have, with garden centres being cleared out upon opening and local supermarkets reporting a sell out in all things green! Gardening in any form, whether it's your succulent on the shelf or your own vegetable patch, is a great way to regain autonomy in a time of instability, and rewarding to see your seeds bloom and taste something that you watched grow from seed to fruit!
The legume family consists of some familiar kitchen favourites such as peas, lentils, chickpeas, runner beans and peanuts and much more. As well as being a great source of protein (and delicious) a legume is a pod or seed that is harvested from the plant itself. Recent studies have shown the environmental benefits of growing any type of legume. Legumes have a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria rhizobia which essentially means that for the rhizobia to grow the legume roots have to be present in the soil!
The rhizobia bacteria is important because it grows in the nodules of the legume root and takes in nitrogen from the atmosphere. It then converts this nitrogen into useful byproducts such as ammonia and phosphate which is extremely beneficial for the soil. It can also produce hormones for the legume plant itself but also these hormones can be utilised by other surrounding plants! Even after harvesting your produce the stem of the remaining plant continues to help the soil and plants around it, and you get to enjoy tasty nutritious legumes!
Legumes are really easy to grow, and will look great in your garden! You can try growing your own with our x planter.
Place the planter in a sunny area of your garden, fill up the planter with soil, ensuring to keep it nice and moist but not soaked. Plant your legume seeds about two inches deep and 4 inches apart or up to your knuckle on your index finger and a bandwidth apart, then cover with soil. Keep well watered and your first legumes should be ready to harvest in around 12 weeks! The great thing about legumes is that the more you pick the more they grow and will continue to grow until the season finishes which is about 8 weeks long from the first harvest, but next year they will be back again!
Peas and green beans are really easy to grow, and as long as there isn’t a risk of frost they should be ready to sprout!
To shop our planters and begin your legume farming, visit our shop and this link below!
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