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Legumes-Pulses A Key Staple Food Resource

  • Legumes-Pulses A Key Staple Food Resource

    Posted by Mike on December 28, 2023 at 10:00 am

    One of the greatest food resources are legumes or pulses because they are both a seed and a direct food resource. Even though, like all seeds, they have an expiration date. However, they are still a food resource for many years in fact. Almost all dried beans or peas can both be eaten of planted and grown and like seeds, they are an exponential resource. For example, back in 2016 someone gave us a 32oz Mason jar filled with dried Fava Beans, in 2022 our total harvest was 8 gallons. Here is a little Math…

    • Plant 10 Fava Beans, 1 plant grows (generally it is more like 7-8 plants), 30 beans come from 1 plant.
    • Plant 30 Fava Beans, 3 plants grow, 90 beans come from 3 plants.
    • Plant 90 Fava Beans, 9 plants grow, 270 beans come from 9 plants.

    So in just 3 years we went from 10 beans to 270 beans-seeds and as stated above 10% germination success is ludicrously low. By the way, Fava’s are a free-standing “pole bean” so can be planted quite densely and the leaves are also edible.

    This is a stylized image of Fava Beans that we grew here in Eugene.

    Mike replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Mike

    Steward
    January 4, 2024 at 10:35 am

    This video has some good tips on how the ensure good germination and successful growing of beans and also seed-saving tips.

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